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The Daily Dispatch: March 2, 1865., [Electronic resource], Proclamation by the President, appointing a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving. (search)
essly damned, would have said, 'I am sorry for it.' Never was there a person more destitute than Girard of the qualities which win the affection of others. His temper was violent, his presence for bidding, his usual manner ungracious, his will inflexible, his heart untended, his imagination dead. He was odious to many of his fellow-citizens, who considered him the hardest and meanest of men. He had lived among them for half a century, but he was no more a Philadelphia in 1830 than he was in 1776. He still spoke with a French accent, and accompanied his words with a French shrug and French gesticulation. Surrounded with Christian churches, which he had helped to build, he remained a sturdy unbeliever, and possessed the complete work of only one men — Voltaire. "He made it a point of duty to labor on Sunday, as a good example to others. He made no secret of the fact that he considered the idleness of Sunday an injury to the people, moral and economical.--He would have opened hi