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glorious destiny —of all these there is written in light in Jerusalem the golden. Over such a people and their descendants Dr. Wyekoff labored, and forgot no mourner, overlooked no poor. His language was often almost eccentric, but the tortuous path of words never forgot its way to the celestial city. Especially was he the benefactor of the immigrant Hollander. In 1846, a new movement of emigration stirred Holland. The Netherlands seemed almost to have forgotten their once cherished possessions, and the emigration of 1608 and the years following had become historical; but ecclesiastical difficulties set a weaker party in motion, and, after they had led the way, others followed. These naturally went to such men as Dr. Thomas De Witt (clarum et venerabile nomen) and Dr. Wyekoff. These men were like the clergyunjn they had left in the old land, and Dr. Wyekoff was busiest, kindest, most persevering, most enduring of men with them. He listened to all their congratulations or complaints; talked with them about their old home and their new one; counselled, expostulated, scolded (for some scolding was a kindness); raised money for them; looked after their luggage; attended the very dray in its burden of their queer, quaint, conglomerated effects; preached for their cause; listened to their preaching; grieved in their woe; apologized for their errors; and entered into all their wants as a guardian. The Hollanders in America may well, when they get prosperous, make enduring monument to this most devoted friend, who devoted his time and talent to make them a solid home in the new world. I do not believe any man in Albany had more universal respect than Dr. Wyekoff possessed, because he had the general confidence. His charity was absolutely delightful. His name of brother would be given, and really intended, as it was said, as well to the clergy whom Archbishop McCloskey governs, as to those with whose faith he had nearer sympathy. This man went on in life looking on the world around him as a necessity of constant sympathy, because a necessity of constant suffering. In talent respectable, in learning sufficient, in theology broad but pure, in labor abundant, his life closes as a volume read by duty to its close. I write thus the more freely because while he lived it was the common thought of his friends that he was eminently a good man. His duties as clergyman had yielded their force to the feebleness of age; but his name does not pass from the record of the living without its being realized in a truth which it is delightful to recognize, that his name might be written among the first as
"One who loves his fellow man,"
and that his love went beyond this to the highest.— Wm. 11. Boijart in
the New York World Mary O'Brien died, aged 63. Catharine, wife
of Isaac Burton, died. Sally, widow of Horace Emery, died, aged 72.
28. Easter Sunday was the most beautiful day of the spring. Scarcely a breath of air was stirring, and the sun shone with almost uninterrupted brightness. The attendance at most of the churches was very large. The day was celebrated with unusual pomp by all the Catholic and Episcopal churches in this city. At the Cathedral, the church was decorated with flowers upon the side altars. The sanctuary and altar were brilliantly lighted, while on the pillars were small shades with appropriate inscriptions, such as — " Christ is 'risen from the dead and hath appeared to Simon Peter." "This is the day the Lord hath mado; let us rejoice and be glad therein—Hallelujah." The music was of the grandest character. Cherubin's mass for four voices was performed with great brilliancy. The imposing services were conducted by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Conroy, assisted by a large number of the clergy. The building was densely crowded. At St. Joseph's the services were very imposing. The service at St. Peter's church yesterday morning was very largely attended. From the opening to the close, the interest of the large number of worshipers seemed unabated. The musical portion of the service (Mr. Squires, organist) was rendered with great effect. Among the most noticeable features, the Easter Hymn, arranged from Lambillotte, the Te Deum, with solos by Miss Coyle and Messrs. Whitney and Woodbridge, and the Offertory Anthem, solo by Mrs. J. M. Sayles, with chorus, were most pleasing. Altogether, this was one of the finest services ever given in this ancient church. The floral offerings were elaborate and tastefully arranged about the altar, pulpit, etc. The font was filled with'a superb pyramid of pond lilies, etc., and a profusion of flowers surrounded the basin. The pulpit font was covered with flowers. The lector was similarly decorated; and a large cross of white and red flowers, surmounting a mound of flowers, stood upon the altar. Some idea of the magnificence of the display may be gathered from the fact that there were seven hundred camelias, besides other rare and beautiful flowers in proportion, the generous gift of Erastus Corning, Jr , while there was a profusion of equally elegant flowers from the conservatory of Gen John P. Rathbone. We hear that even New York and Philadelphia were held under contribution for flowers for this church. It was the most beautiful floral exhibition ever seen in this city. At St. Paul's church an eloquent and instructive sermon was delivered by the rector, Rev. J. L. Reese. The church was crowded, and a liberal collection was taken up for domestic missions. The music, under direction of Mr. T. Spencer Lloyd, organist, assisted by Mr. F. J. Lawrence, Mrs. Hoyt and a full choir, was of a very high order. The font was decorated with pond lilies and other rare flowers; a' cross of white flowers stood in front of, and another large one, mingled with green, over the pulpit. In the evening the rite of confirmation was administered by Rt. Rev. Bishop Doane, to a number of candidates. The carols were sung by the children. But the Catholic and Episcopal churches were not alone in their observances of the day. The display of flowers at the Fourth Presbyterian church, Rev. Dr. Darling's, was surpassed only by that at St. Peter's. At the Third Presbyterian church the venerable Dr. Halley preached a
very eloquent, able and appropriate sermon on the resurrection The
Rev. William J. Boardman, rector of the Church of the Holy Innocents,
resigned the rectorate, and preached his farewell sermon this day
Egbert Egberts, formerly of Albany, died at Cohoes, aged 78. He was born at Coeymans, in this county, where his father, Anthony Egberts, who was an officer in the revolutionary army, settled at the close of the war. In 1812, he engaged in mercantile business in this city, with his brother, Cornelius, under the firm name of C. & E. Egberts. In 1831, he removed to Cohoes, where he first successfully introduced the power knitting frame, and established an extensive manufactory. In 1852, he retired from active business, with a competency, which he always used in the spirit of Christian liberality. In that year he was the candidate of the whig party for congress. In 1858, he organized the bank of Cohoes, and was chosen its president, which office he retained till his death. The Egberts Institute received from him an endowment of $20,000, and the Reformed Church of Cohoes, of which he was a member, is indebted in great measure to his taste and liberality for their beautiful house of worship. He was a friend of the poor, and for every good cause had an open
heart and hand.— Evening Journal Rev. Ambrose M. O'Neil died,
aged 29. He was endowed with extraordinary energy and fervor, and won a high place in the affections of the people of his church. The
Cathedral was crowded to suffocation at his funeral Johanna, wife
of Henry Boyle, died, aged 19.
29. The mild weather of the past few days, and a drenching rain of thirty-six hours duration, raised the volume of water in the river above
the pier and dock, and drove the ice down below the city Old St.
Peter's, the mother of the Episcopal ohurches in this section of the country, was this morning the scene of unusual excitement. Fora century, and up to within the past two years, the election of wardens and vestrymen was a foregone conclusion, and attracted but little, if any, attention. But lately, by the infusion of a new element, more spirit has been engendered, which was exhibited to-day in the election of church wardens and vestrymen. The following is the result as published in the Evening Journal. 171 votes polled.
Thomas Hun 01 I Cooper
Jenkins 92 | Dexter,
At an election for wardens and vestrymen of St. Paul's Church, this day, the following were elected unanimously: Wardens, C. W. Bender, J. H. Van Antwerp. Vestrymen, William Lacy, James H. Oaborn, William H. Rice, Thomas Squires, Ira Porter, J. Woodward, Jr., Hiram Perry, W. W. Hill.
Church of the Holy Innocents: The following gentlemen were this morning unanimously elected wardens and vestrymen for the ensuing year: Wardens, William H. De Witt, William Mason: Vestrymen, Oscar L. Hasey, Samuel M. VanSantvoord, Frank Jones, Joshua Rathbone,
Caleb Palmer, Gerritt T. Bratt, William Reynolds, Samuel Roak
Matthew Clarksou died, aged 75. Patrick O'Rourke died, aged 53. Josephine Peterson died, aged 56. Richard L. Ross, formerly of Albany, died, at Malone, aged 59.
30. Miohael Rice died, aged 21.
31. Alfred D. Shepard died, aged 68.
April 1. David F. Holdredge died, aged 72. John Millington, late of Albany, died at Watertown, N. Y., aged 83. Charles Hall died, aged 40 Peter Vandervolgen died, aged 55.
2. The ice barrier at Coeymans broke away, and left the channel open
to New York William Smith died, aged 65. Mr. Smith was a well
known merchant, having passed his whole long life, from his apprenticeship upwards, in the counting room. With the exception of a brief period in his youth spent in the service of Andrew Kirk, he has been engaged in the dry goods trade. In that traffic he pursued his apprenticeship under the tuition respectively of Mr. Tabor and of Richard Marvin & Co. In the latter house he was at length admitted a partner. Upon leaving that house he formed one of the firm of Smith & Strong; then he was one of the house of Smith, Woodburn & Deyermand; next of Smith, Cury & Mosely, and finally of Smith, Lansing & Hardee, with which he was connected at the time of his death. Atthe organization of the Albany City Bank in 1836, he was chosen one of the directors, and has uninterruptedly remained such ever since. Mr. Smith was a native of Albany, having been born upon the lot in Broadway next adjoining that which has of late been his residence. He was an active, sagacious and honorable merchant. He was of that type that is modelled upon the principle that integrity is the surest road to success, as it is the noblest attribute of the business man. He was mild in his disposition, unostentatious in his manner, affable in his demeanor, and kind in his intercourse. He never sought the distinction of place or power, but contented himself with the quiet pursuit of his business and the enjoyment of genial social intercourse. No act of dishonor or wrong stains the record of his life, and he has passed away with the sincere sorrow of all who knew him. Journal Mary A. Gray died, aged 25.
3. Cyrus Hawley died. Within a few weeks past, death, without sparing meanwhile either youth or strength, seems to have been unusually busy among our old and well known citizens. Our records of mortality have rarely chronicled, within a brief period, so many familiar names. Whoever scans the death column of our city press will not fail to observe how many old friends are passing away, and how ripe has been the harvest of the Destroyer; and this, too, among those whose green old age has borne with it so much of vivacity and the spirit of the youth, that their summons seems almost as untimely as though youth itself had fallen. We add this morning to the mournful catalogue the name of Cyrus Hawley, a name especially familiar to the residents of the western portion of our city, but wherever known, regarded with esteem and honor. Mr. Hawley was born in Herkimer county, New York, in the month of March, 1800. He came to Albany in the year 1814, and was employed as a clerk in the produce store of the late Daniel L. Newton. He remained with Mr. Newton, who was his brother-in-law, until about 1821, when he became a dealer ingrains, seeds and country produce, and for a short time, about the year 1830, was a partner of Mr. Newton's. Their store was situated on the hill near the Brick point, and was well known many years before-the Erie canal was completed, and before railroads were thought of. The Great Western turnpike in those days, and until the Erie canal offered greater facilities for transportation, was the grand thoroughfare to and from the West. All country produce was then brought to the Albany market by teams, and merchandize was carried to villages and country stores by wagons or sleighs, even to Rochester, which was then the far west. Real estate on Washington street, now dignified as Washington avenue, was greatly valued, and at one period went up to almost fabulous prices. The Erie canal, changing the method of transportation from land to water, brought down values. In Mr. H.'s day as a merchant, his cotemporaries in commercial enterprise were such men as William Durant, Clark Durant, Wm. Jones, William Chapman, Wm. and John M. Newton, Duncan Robinson, Messrs. McNab, Morgan, McEntosh and Cumming, Aaron Roggen, Hubbell Knapp, John Taylor, Robert Boyd, Robert Dunlop and Andrew Kirk. From 1832 to 1840 he was connected more or less with Mr. Batchelder, in the purchase of flaxseed, &c. In the year 1841 he engaged largely in the purchase of wool, with Alexander Gumming and Robert Worden. In 1843 he formed a general partnership with William Appleton, which continued until 1849, when he retired from business with an ample competence. Since the period of his retirement from active business, Mr. Hawley has quietly and reasonably enjoyed the years allotted to him. He was always fond of exercise and intelligent companionship, and during recent years was accustomed to make frequent journeys on foot with favorite friends as far as Saratoga Springs and back, from Saratoga to Lake George, and from Gorham to the summit of Mt. Washington. Though never married, a marked trait in Mr. Hawley's character was his peculiar fondness for children. They were ever his favorites, and the kind hearted and the pleasant old gentleman will be remembered in years to come by many a little friend whose childish sorrows he soothed, or to whose innocent happiness he contributed. Mr. Hawley was not, we believe, a regular member of any church. But in his principles and deportment he exemplified the Christian gentleman. In all his relations to society he acquired and merited the approbation and respect of his fellow men. In his personal habits he was neat and careful without being too fastidious. In business he was singularly prompt and accurate, and always scrupulously honest. He was judicious but liberal in charities, and delighted in those quiet kindnesses which exhibit the true hearted gentleman far more than ostentatious display. His pathway to the grave was scattered with the blessings of the poor whom he relieved. The deceased was a relative of ex-Mayor George H. Thatcher, from whose residence the funeral took place. —Journal John Rector died, aged 69.
4. The robins and blue birds were seen flitting about in the morning
but disappeared as the day grew colder and winterish The first boat
from New York, the Connecticut, reached the steam boat landing at9 o'clock
in the morning Rev. Mr. Abbot preached his farewell sermon in the
Ashgrove church John Rector died, aged 69. Rev. S. L. Stillman,
formerly pastor of the Pearl street Methodist church, died, in Bethlehem, aged 74. Linda Miller, wife of Gilbert Hunter, died, aged 41. Thomas Avann died, aged 78. Mary Woodin, widow of Peter Van Santvoord of Middleton, Saratoga Co., died, aged 82.
5. The horse cars on the Pearl street line, which had been unable to use the rails for about four months, this day resumed their trips, in place of sleighs Mrs. Bethia Haskell died, aged 86.
6. Elizabeth Breen, wife of Derrick C. Hayner, died, aged 36. Anne O'Connor died, aged 23.
7. Alida, wife of Hugh McGaughan, died, aged 48. Thomas Martin died, aged 60. Patrick Nolan died, aged 35.
8. Although Albany is supposed to be a mountain of clay suitable for brick, and vast hills have been converted into buildings, yet common bricks,