I trust have merit with mankind for his Zeal and exertions, in the cause of learning Science, liberty and Virtue. He departed this life on the 28th of March at half after one o'clock surrounded by kind friends without a struggle after a long and distressing illness, during which he never repined, or uttered a word of complaint, but bore it with patience unto the End!-I will not pretend to say he had no faults for who is perfect? but I throw a Veil over them, as his virtues by far counterbalanced them-It is customary to say on such occasions "God rest his Soul" but I say may his spirit be soaring aloft--enjoying perfect bliss in seeing and comprehending the magnificent and stupendous works of the Almighty in the many" Mansions" designed for those who love the Lord!--And where the joys are such as "Eye hath not seen, nor Ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of Man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
Anna_Maria_Thorntons_Life_of_William_Thornton (ca. 1828)
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