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shine has been far oftener than the As Nathan ceased, his brother lookdarkness of the clouds.
ed up in his face, like a man unto “Dear brother, the world has mise- whom a simple truth had been for the ry—but it is a pleasant world still, and first time revealed.
W. W. affords much joy to the dwellers !"
POLITICAL PORTRAITS WITH PEN AND PENCIL.
THE LATE THEODORE SEDGWICK,
OF STOCKBRIDGE, MASS.
(With a fine Engraving on steel.) In the Democratic Review for Feb- --though at the necessary expense of ruary, 1840, Mr. Sedgwick, then re a repetition, which will doubtless be cently deceased, was made the subject readily pardoned by those who have of No. XVII. of the Series of Political the former more extended sketch at Portraits. We expressed in the follow- hand to refer to. ing terms the regret we entertained Mr. Sedgwick was the eldest son of that it was not in our power to add an Judge Sedgwick,who-after rendering engraving to the biographical narrative valuable service to his country during and portraiture of character to which the struggle of the Revolution, and we were compelled to confine our after having served his State, Massaselves: “ We regret that from the fact chusetts, in many representative capaof no other portrait of him being left cities, at home as well as in the House than that deeply impressed on the of Representatives and Senate of the hearts of his friends, it is not in our United States)--spent the concluding power, in like manner, to accompany years of his life on the bench of the Suthe present written sketch of his life preme Court of Massachusetts, till his and character with an engraved like- death in the year 1813. Theodore, the ness of a countenance that well har- subject of the present notice, was born monized with the spirit of which it was in Sheffield, in that State, in December, the transparent expression.” Since 1780. When he was about the age that period a portrait has been painted, of seven, his father removed his family chiefly from the faithful memory of the to the village of Stockbridge, in the artist, an attached friend, aided by the same State, which has since constisuggestions of Mr. Sedgwick's family, tuted their central residence and home. from which we have procured the ac Mr. Sedgwick removed to Albany for companying engraving to be copied by the practice of his profession, the law, one of our ablest engravers. It will be immediately on his admission to the recognized by the wide circle of friends bar, in 1801. He continued there, in who have not forgotten to lament the partnership with Mr. Harmanns Bleecloss sustained in such a man, as a ker, the late Chargé d'Affaires of the likeness full of the character which United States at the Hague, until the made him the object of so warm an year 1821, when his impaired state of attachment and so high a respect.
health compelled him to withdraw Inasmuch as there are some the from the profession, of which he had sands of readers now taking the Demo- been an honorable ornament. From cratic Review who did not take it at that period the even current of his life the period referred to, it is due to them, flowed tranquilly on till his death on in thus presenting the present portrait, the 7th November, 1839—in the midst to accompany it with at least a slight of a rare combination of the best eleoutline sketch of Mr. Sedgwick's life ments of true happiness for himself,
and in the active diffusion of an en- sectional interest in his portion of the lightened beneficence to others in all country, he was a strenuous opponent directions within the sphere of his in- of the whole “ American System.” In fluence.
fact the general direction of the politiAfter his retirement to Stockbridge, cal opinions to which his candid reflecMr. Sedgwick applied himself, with tions and warm popular sympathies all the active habits of his mind, to the had by this time led his mind, were cultivation and enjoyment of philoso- decidedly adverse to those of the party phical and literary pursuits, to the which supported Mr. Adams in the pleasures of society, and of a home as Presidential Chair. The reader will eminently blessed to him, as its kindly not, therefore, participate in the surhospitality was agreeable to all who prise which was felt by many of the visited it,—to the various useful amuse- old Federal friends of Mr. Sedgwick ments of country life, and to the ex- and of his family, on his coming out emplary discharge of all the duties of with his characteristic earnestness and his position, not only in the more pri- fearlessness, in behalf of General Jackvate relations at which it is not for us son's election to the Presidency. No here even to glance, but in every capa- man ever for an instant questioned the city in which it was in his power to disinterested sincerity of Mr. Sedgdo good to others, whether collectively wick's opinions ; and his open accession or singly, as a man, a neighbor, and a to the Democratic ranksihen in hopecitizen. One of his favorite objects less minority in his native State-was was to promote, by his example, ad- received by the latter with warm wel. vice, and aid, the formation of a taste come and congratulation. It is scarcely among his fellow-townsmen for the necessary for us to add, that Mr. Sedgfine cultivation of the fruits of the field wick ever after, by the unwavering and of the garden. He was twice consistency of his subsequent course, elected President of the Agricultural through all the darkest of the hours Society of the county. He also repre- which ensued, amply justified and consented his town several times in the firmed that confidence which his wellLegislature of the State. In the lat- known character and name at once ter capacity, as early as the year 1827, unreservedly commanded from the Deafter much examination and reflection, mocracy of the State. He was more he introduced a project for the construc- than once, we believe, the candidate tion of a railroad from Boston to Alba- of the Democratic party in Berkshire ny; which, after several years of ear- for Congress. His name, as the most nest effort, in which he had to encoun- popular that could be selected, was ter every obstacle of prejudice, timidity, more than once united, on the gubernaand ridicule, he at last saw, by the torial ticket, with that of Judge Morton. impetus which he had given to it, car- At the election of 1839, at which the ried successfully through. And though Democratic party succeeded in Massait was not permitted him to witness chusetts, by its celebrated majority of the full completion of this great mea one, Mr. Sedgwick had declined the sure, of which he may be regarded as nomination for Lieutenant-Governor, the father, yet he lived long enough to which he was earnestly pressed to acsee its partial accomplishment, the cept. Private circumstances alone inroad having been opened but shortly fluenced him to this course; for at no before his death for more than half the period were his convictions stronger, distance-with the universal favor of or his sympathies more warm, with the public opinion, at first strongly the cause of his party than at the hostile to it.
period here referred to when principles As an enlightened political econo were involved in it of which his sagamist and zealous philanthropist, Mr. cious understanding appreciated all the Sedgwick could not be indifferent to importance, to the object nearest his the important subject of Politics. He heart—the amelioration of the conditook an especial interest in the great tion of the great mass of the people. controversy of the Tariff; he was a Mr. Sedgwick died at Pittsfield, member of the Free Trade Convention about twelve miles from Stockbridge, at Philadelphia in 1831; and notwith- on the 7th of November, 1839, by a standing the strong, prevalence of a stroke of apoplexy which attacked him different public opinion, and imagined while engaged in addressing a meet
ing of his political friends, on the eve pressive addresses ever delivered, it was of the election then about to take evident, from his subdued manner and a place. He fell thus nobly, “ with his slight faltering of his voice, that some harness on.” The following account change had come upon him. Fondly did of the occasion is from the pen of the we hope, as he sat down, that it was physician who was present, and who merely a temporary exhaustion, from
which he would soon recover. But alas ! tried vainly every expedient of hisart to the citadel of life was attacked, and as preserve a life so valuable to the com
he attempted, soon after, to leave the munity :
room, he fell partly down, and it was too
evident he had received a paralytic at“ Being requested to address the com- tack, partially disabling one hall the left pany, at about half past 8 o'clock he rose, side of the body. Still he retained the and in a most solemn and impressive man exercise of his intellectual faculties, and ner introduced the subject of his remarks. expressed a strong confidence of a speedy Among other observations, he said, that favorable result. The character of the atthe principles he advocated and the senti- tack was, however, gradually and more ments he should advance were the result surely developing its real nature. All the of much reflection and no inconsiderable aid which physicians and kind friends observation; that under existing circum- could render was unavailing. It only palstances, and especially at his period of liated and contributed to prolong life for life, he should be pardoned for what a few hours. The affection of the head otherwise might seem to savor of egotism increased to a complete apoplexy, and be-he could now have no object but so to tween two and three o'clock he ceased to speak and so to act, that his rapidly ap- breathe. proaching end might be that of peace. « Till within a few minutes of his de
“ His remarks bore the characteristics parture, he conversed freely with those of feeling and sentiment of a disinterest- about him, neither suffering bodily pain ed friend and patriot, giving his parting nor mental aberration. He died without admonitions. He adverted to the fact of the slightest convulsion, with a countethe existence of a difference of political nance placid even in death. Though perprinciples, of the grounds of that differ- haps himself not fully aware of his imence, and the causes which tended to its mediate danger, still he expressed a calm perpetuation; he spoke of the influence submission, by repeating the emphatic of wealth, both individual and corporate, language, . It is all right.' as naturally hostile to democratic princi “ Thus is one suddenly removed from ples, and that the great security of a free us, severing the tenderest ties of love and and equal government rested with the friendship. None who knew him but great class of our community possessed of mourn his loss. An affectionate family moderate property, and mainly on the in- are plunged in sorrow, and the community dustrious farmer and mechanic.
are deprived of one whose kindness and “ The subject of the monetary affairs of liberality will not soon be forgotten. the country occupied his chief attention. When such men die, the country has reaThe conduct of the banks was arraigned son to mourn. The Providence of God is and exhibited in its true light—the fallacy inscrutable, but it is our strong consolaof their pretensions exposed, and the tion that infinite wisdom and infinite beneproper basis of the credit system present- volence orders all events.” ed, its importance admitted, and the folly of charging the Government with any wick's sudden decease, elicited from
The announcement of Mr. Sedgattempt to destroy it. "The credit system," he said, we must have and shall the press, from many quarters, strong have; the public ought not to suffer from expressions of respect and regret. He bank suspension ; they have yielded large was felt to be a great loss to the pubprofits, and if necessary they ought to lic, as well as to all who were brought make sacrifice, rather than that the pub- in any way in private life within the lic should suffer.'
circle of his influence. We conclude “He adverted to the state of parties in this very slight notice, which will the country and commonwealth, aud ex serve as the necessary accompaniment horted the friends of equal rights to ala- to the portrait, with quoting again the crity and perseverance, anticipating that closing words of our former article their efforts would eventually be crowned above referred to: with success. Every sentiment heuttered was from the heart, and dictated by “Such, then, was Theodore Sedgwick. the liberal spirit of a philanthropist. The memory of his virtues, that gave
“Near the close of one of the most im- their keenest poignancy to the first regrets
of his friends, affords too the most sooth- thus fortified with all the preparation of ing balm to heal them; while the example calm philosophical reflection and secure left by the daily beauty of his life will in its reliance on the anchor of that relong continue to exert a pleasant and a ligion whose essential truths were as good influence, on all those whose fortune it deeply established in the convictions of was to be familiar with it. His death, his reason, as its spirit was seen of all calm as an infant's slumber, and leaving men to be the animating principle of his upon his countenance, undimmed by any whole character and conduct in lifetrace of physical or mental suffering, all such a presentiment wore no terrors for the light of the transparent loveliness of him, however it might at times cast a one of the purest and kindliest of earthly passing shadow of gloom over domestic spirits—seems to our imaginations but a and social affections peculiarly strong and natural and happy transition from one tender; while in the actual mode of his mode of existence to another, without death-its tranquillity, its freedom from affecting the intimate ties of mutual sym- distracting pain, accompanied with the pathies and affections, which so strongly full retention of his mental facultiesbound him to the numerous friends who he was happy in realizing a wish always mourn his departure from before the bo- entertained and often expressed by him. dily vision and contact of the human sense. Rarely has the hand of friendship had to A singular presentiment appears to have record a death-rather, let us say, a debrooded over his mind for several preced- parture, for a temporary and brief separaing months, that the close of his earthly tion-in which a more emphatic meaning way of life was very nigh at hand-a pre- is felt, by all who knew him, to reside in sentiment revealing itself on frequent the exclamation with which we conclude occasions which the memory of various this imperfect tribute to his rare worthfriends can now too distinctly recall and inteprret. To a mind thus pure from "Quis desiderio sit pudor aut modus
Tam cari capitis !! » thought, feeling, or memory of evil
Three things I tell you of weight and might;
Though mouth to mouth may speak them,
In the depths of the heart you must seek them.
Though fetters of iron bound him,
Or the clamor of fools around him.
'Tis the same in sense and letter;
He can still press onward to better.
Is truth and light to the truly wise.
And THERE IS A God,-an Omnipotent Will,
However mankind may waver,
A system of thought for ever;
From mouth to mouth ever speak them.
In the depths of the heart you may seek them :
LUCY HOOPER. *
She was born on the 4th of February, “I wish I was this simple flower, 1816; she died on the 1st of August, Born ’neath the sky of May, 1841, of consumption. Through iwen- Brightly to bloom my little hour,
Then quickly pass away. ty-five years, a gentle, thoughiful, and modest maiden, the brightness and blessing of a quiet little family circle, I wish I was as low and small,
Its destiny to prove; she lived in her daily walk all the poe- For surely none would mind at all, try which she breaihed from time to
Who did not mind to love. time aloud, in most melodious music of verse. Such is all, in the way of inci- I wish that I was guarded so, dent or event of a character at all pro From every cruel storm, minent, that biography has to record of Mark how each taller plant doth throw her ;-as one might write the life of a A shelter round its form. flower; springing, and dying; and through the brief meanwhile between And see ye not this little flower those two bounding points, looking Can fold its petals bright, ever up to heaven, and revealing the When storms do rise, or clouds do lower, sweet soul within it by that perfume Or draweth on the night. and bloom which constitute the lovely life God has bestowed upon it. The It only lists its meek bright eye, expression of the comparison has Through summer days and spring, scarcely passed from our pen, when the It gazes ever on the sky; recollection rises of some beautiful lines
Oh! 'ris a happy thing! of her own, “ To a little wild flower," I wish that I could change my form, which would seem to have been prompted by a prophetic consciousness of her Live wild and happy, though not long,
And blossom on the plain, own nature and its natural early fate.
Then die ere Autumn came. We need not disclaim the suspicion of having plagiarized the idea from her. Or still more blest be plucked to cheer self,—it was so obvious and fitting, that Some heart in lonely hour, it could scarcely fail to suggest itself to That sick of human strife and fear, any one who had ever given a thought Would wish to be a flower !" to the two objects of kindred loveliness, the sweet flower and the sweet young Notwithstanding its length, we are
tempted to add also the following, as
* Poetical Memoirs of the late Lucy Hooper ; collected and arranged by John Keese. New York: Published by Samuel Colman. 1842.