Gambar halaman
PDF

ment ofyouug men. In 1833 he gathered about him a few young friends of kindred tastes in an office in the city, and there planted the germ of the Albany Young Men's Association, from which has grown the hundreds of kindred institutions that have since blessed the country by their beneficent influences. Upon the organization of the Association, Mr. Dean was by common and intuitive choice selected as its first president. By the energy and sagacity of his administration the foundation was laid for the erection of that noble edifice of popular education, from which for thirty-four years so much intellectual and moral light has been shed upon the youth of our city, and which has been adopted as the model for so many like structures in all sections of the union. In 1838 he waa associated with Doctors March and Armsby in establishing the Albany Medical College, and from that time to 1859 held in it the position of professor of medical jurisprudence. When the law department of our University was established, Mr. Dean was wisely and appropriately chosen as one of its professors. In this sphere, so well adapted to his tastes, his talents and virtues shone most brightly. His pupils, scattered over all the land, will bear testimony to the value of his instruction. Professor Dean has attained some eminence in the field of authorship and literature. In early life he delivered a series of able and interesting Lectures on Phrenology, a science then in the embryo of infancy, and which lectures were subsequently embodied in a book. He was the author at an early age of a Manual of Laic, which proved to be a valuable aid to business men. He was, at various times, the author of several able and valuable addresses and lectures upon subjects of public interest. In 1833, he delivered the annual address before the Albany Institute on the Philosophy of History. He delivered several lectures before the Young Men's Association during the first two years of its existence. He delivered an eulogy upon the death of Jesse Buel before the State Agricultural Society, and an annual address before the senate of Union College. But his greatest achievement in the walks of literature has not yet been given to the world. For several years past he has been employed in writing a History of Civilization. He had manuscript sufficient to constitute several volumes, and had been looking forward hopefullly to the day when his work should have reached its consummation.1 His industry, research and ability, gave assurance of the merit and attraction of the work. We have spoken of the deceased only as a professional and public man. Did we seek to add panegyrics to his memory, we should speak of his qualities as a man and of his virtues in his private life. Herein, if possible, his character was higher and nobler than in any other walk of life. To a thorough scholarship, solid intellect, practical wisdom, and sharpsighted sagacity he united a pleasing address, a quiet demeanor, a generosity of sentiment, and an absence of guile that endeared him most strongly to all who fell within the circle of his companionship. His death leaves a void which will be keenly appreciated and deeply mourned by our citizens, and by all who knew him.— Evening Journal Ferdinand Schultz died.

1 Since the above was written, the great work of Prof. Dean, upon which he spent nearly a quarter of a century of labor, has been published in seven octavo volumes.

27 Air, h. 18, 1. 7 The unusual phenomenon was witnessed of

the conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, and the apparent proximity of

both to Venus, which can occur again only after many years Ann

McDonald died, aped 90. Mary J. Hack'ett died, aged 34. Mrs. Mary Burns died, aged 68.

28. Air h. 16, 1. 1 Robert Brown died, aged 40. Jane Neely

died, aged 70.

29. Air, h. 13, 1. 10 The South Pearl Street Theatre, built in

1825, and known as the Academy of Music, was destroyed by fire. It was owned by Hugh J. Hastings, and was leased by Miss A. G. Trimble. The building was insured at £20,000. The properties were an entire loss,

and only the walls of the edifice remained Gilbert C. Davidson

died in New York, aged 51. He was struck down by paralysis, while spending a few days at the home of his brother in-law, Mr. Humplirey, in Oswego county, but had so far recovered that he was taken to New York only a day or two before his death, accompanied by his wife, son and brother. Hopes were entertained of his recovery, but death came sooner than was expected. Mr. D. commenced life as a clerk in the store of Corning, Horner & Co., in Marketstreet, below State, thirty-five years ago. He soon made himself distinguished as a promising business young man, and was entrusted with the management of the most important and difficult matters connected with the best interests of that establishment, extending, as they did, into the new states and territories of the west. He was called on once or twice a year to visit the customers of the concern in the west and settle accounts, involving thousands of dollars. His adventures and hairbreadth escapes in the western country in pursuit of absconding traders, would have made a volume of rare interest. He became a member of the firm of Corning & Co., over twenty years ago, and was connected with the establishment up to the time of its dissolution, a few years since, when he removed to New York. He was a thorough business man and a prudent merchant. We had known him as a boy and man; in all relations of life. He was open, frank and generous to a fault. He had a heart that charity never appealed to in vain. His purse was always open. No man of his means ever contributed more liberally to the poor than Gilbert C. Davidson. He was a devoted friend, and loved his friend with his whole heart and soul. He was foremost in every enterprise calculated to advance the interest of Albany. His residence was the home of hospitality. He entertained more magnificently than any other gentleman at the capital. How many hearts that have been made glad under his roof will weep for his departure; many an eye unused to tears will drop one at his loss. Peace

to his ashes.— Knickerbocker Mrs. Ellen Powers died, aged 7.8.

Mary Thomasine Landry, wife of Anthony Cherbouneau, died, aged 21.

30. Air, h. 31, 1. 14 Wm J. Packard died, aged 46. Charity A.

Maria, wife of Christopher Jackson, died, aged 55.

31. Air, h. 19, 1. 5 Jane, wife of Orra Mosher, died, aged 66.

Patrick Swain died in New York, aged 26. James Murray died, aged 58. James D. Palmatier died, aged 61.

February 1. Air, h. 19, 1. 7.

2. Air, h. 19, 1. 9.

3. Air, h. 22, 1. 6 below zero Patrick McDonald, or Old Mac, as

he was familiarly called by the members of the National Guard, whose quarters were located in the State Arsenal, died. Old Mac had acted as armorer for the Emmet Guards since the organization of that body, and had also served in the same capacity with other companies. He was an honored and esteemed old man, and goes down to the grave at the age of

eighty years deeply mourned.—Knickerbocker Michael Pender died,

aged 26.

4. Air, h. 4, I. 8 below zero Charles W. Kelley died The

cast of the megatherium at the Geological Hall was broken in pieces by a fall in an attempt to remove it. It was presented by Mr. Wadsworth, and cost

81.900. Fortunately, being artificial, it was capable of repair An exciting

election took place at the Board of Trade, resulting as follows: president, Frank Chamberlain; vice presidents, D. N. Glazier, William S. Preston; secretary, William Lacy; Treasurer, Harvey A. Dwight; managers, Charles W. Requa, John H. Trowbridge, Walter Merchant. B. V. Z. Wemple, Samuel E.Wells, John D.Capron; arbitration committee, Anson E. GifFord, Abram C. Pulling, John Lane, Thomas P. Crook, Stewart McKissick; committee on membership, Edward P. Durant, George B. Preston, E. M. Carpenter, Leaoder Hinckley, O. E. Lansing; inspectors of election, Charles F. Schiffer, W. H. Malcolm, Fletcher Barber. The vote for president stood: Chamberlain, 86; GifFord, 71; blank, 1.

5. Air, h. 17, 1. 5 Ann Downey died, aged 40.

6. Air, h. 22, 1. 18.

7. Air,h.28,l. 11 Richard Varick DeWitt died, aged 68. Born in

Albany, he grew up with it, and was one of a few remaining, who were identified with its early progress. He was the son of Simeon De Witt, who for fifty years was surveyor general of this state; and was many years ago a man of great wealth. His generosity to others, to all, however, cost him the major portion of it. He built the greater portion of the Ithaca and Oswego rail road, and was engaged in other public enterprises in days agone. Mr. De Witt, was a brigadier general of the state militia many years ago. Of late years he has been employed as a procurer of patents and as insurance agent. He was possessed of fine architectural taste; and was a prominent member of the Albany Institute. Indeed his literary acquirements were vast, and his accomplishments varied. But it is not of these that we now seek to refer to. We have said that he was a good man, and the term good is meant in its broadest and most comprehensive acceptation. A Christian philanthropist, scholar, and model citizen, his going hence will leave a void in many circles. For twenty-seven years Mr. De Witt was in communion with the Middle Dutch Church, while under the pastorage of Dr. Wyckoflf, and since under Dr. Elmendorf.— Times.

Richard Varick De Witt, known to all who have been long residents of this city, and loved and respected by all to whom he was known, died this morning after long illness. From his very boyhood he was marked for the purity, uprightness, amiability, and we may say, the religiousness of his character. Descended from those who were distinguished for intelligence and virtues, his outset in life was attended by every circumstance that promised worldly success and happiness, and although he subsequently encountered troubles and reverses that greatly changed the aspect of his life, they never impaired the fine qualities of his nature. Inheriting his father's scientific tastes, he always took a warm interest in all the scientific institutions, and in all the mechanical improvements and enterprises of his time, and gave to them in his own active years much of his time and his fortune. He was one of the founders of the Albany Lyceum and afterwards of the Albany Institute. Through all his many years of failing health and suffering, he ever preserved the original sweetness and serenity of his disposition, and elevated, as it was, by the religious hopes and convictions which had been the rule and comfort of his life He has gone from us, leaving to us all good and endearing remembrance.—Journal.

Richard Varick DeWitt was born at the beginning of the present century, in this city, which then and for some time subsequently, was truly the capital of this state, and the centre of its culture, fashion and politics— a position of which Albany, in common with many other towns in this country, has been in a measure deprived by the overshadowing growth and progress of New York. He was descended from a family, which numbers in its ranks of soldiers and civilians, John DeWitt, grand pensionary of Holland, a statesman, who raised his country to a pitch of greatness. The association of his father Simeon DeWitt, and his uncle Richard Varick, both distinguished officers of the revolution, brought him in contact early in life with many of the eminent men who then flourished and afforded him frequent opportunities of personally notiug their virtues and characteristic qualities. His anecdotes and recollections of Gouverneur Morris, the elder Livingstons, DeWitt Clinton, Kent, Spencer, General Armstrong, and many well known citizens, north and south, were very interesting. He graduated at Union College, and after the usual preparatory study in the office oft he late HarmauusBleeker, afterward United States minister at the Hague, was called to the bar. The possessor of a large estate of which a considerable portion of the village of Ithaca formed apart, and a favorite in and fond of society, his inclinations led him to literary and artistic pursuits as well as the cultivation of exact sciences. The designs and plans of buildings he has left behind him, show a careful study of good models, a correct eye for proportions, and a familiarity with the principles of architecture, while his sketches and paintings in water color and oil are spirited and true to nature. He was a patron of the old Albany Library and one of the founders of the Albany Institute. He established and maintained a line of steam boats on the Cayuga lake, which were in their day considered to be models of speed, comfort and safety. Through his exertions, and chiefly with his means, the Ithaca & Oswego rail road was constructed (one of the earliest lines in this state), and wheu the financial disasters of 1837 occurred, he lost his property by the forced sale of this road for a trifling part of its cost. Not long afterward he suffered the loss of his beloved wife (a daughter of the late Dudley Walsh), a lady of great worth and very attractive in person, mind and manner. He was vice president,and during the absence of Governor Fish in Europe acting president of the state Cincinnati Society. Many New Yorkers will remember with pleasure the dinner of the society at the Everett House, at which he presided, and when the late Senator Crittenden of Kentucky spoke so eloquently. He in connection with the late Mr. W. C. Miller, established the first of the Sunday schools in Albany, and through life and in every way exhibited a deep interest in their success. He was for many years an elder in the Middle Dutch Church, and was ever active in good works and zealous in the promotion of religion and virtue. There are many persous now living who can never forget his frequent acts of kindness. No changes of life or adverse

« SebelumnyaLanjutkan »