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10. Harriet Pinckuey, widow of Lewis Wiles, died, aged 49. Frank Maxstadt, died, aged 40.

11. Michael Murray died, aged 88. Hugh Swift died, aged 37.

12. Annie Stafford died, aged 34.

13. Robert Little died, aged 27. LI. M. Blatner died, aged 59. John T. Norton died at Farmington, Conn., aged 74.

14. William J. Killip died, aged 29.

15. Edward Murphy died, aged 42. Seth Ten Broeck died, aged 45.

16. Volkert P. Dol lied, aged 80. His death is to the city a severe Toss. and creates in the circle of those accustomed to his kindly produce, and his judicious counsel, an irreparable void. He leaves to his family, and to our city, a princely legacy, in the memory and example of va upright life, well spent iu their interest. Mr. Douw was a graduate of Princeton College, New Jersey, and for many years a successful merchant in this city, as a member of the hardware firm, of which John D. P. Douw, bis father, was senior member, and which had its place of business corner of State street and Broadway, site of Douw's building. Upon the death of his father, Mr. Volkert P. Douw succeeded to the care and management of the business, and was long well known in the city and elsewhere as a judicious and successful man of business. Many years ago he retired from more active employments, having attained a large fortune. Few men have more strongly marked traits of character than had Mr. Douw. He possessed a most excellent judgment, which seldom led him astray, and rendered him in all matters decided and positive and entirely self-reliant. His sagacity was rarely at fault in the estimate which he formed of man. Unostentatious aud unobtrusive himself, nothing was less likely to deceive him than the glitter of unfounded pretension. His manners and his habits of thought were stamped with the courtliness and finish of the earlier ago in which they were found. A close observer, an extensive reader, a lover of the beautiful in nature and in the arts, travel in his own and in foreign countries had added to his native geniality and grace of character stores of information and anecdote, which a memory wonderful in its accuracy and retentiveness to the last, never failed to recall, as occasion warranted, and gave to him social accomplishments and conversational powers rarely possessed. A friend of the poor, an upright and enterprising citizen, a faithful and self-sacrificing friend, he goes down to the grave after an honorable and well spent

life, deeply regretted by the community.— Argus Margaret E.

Manning, wife of Wm. H. Finch, died, aged 22.

17. Dr. Alden March died, aged 74. He was born in Sutton, Worcester county, Mass., in 1795. His early life was passed on a farm, and'the rudiments of his education acquired in publio schools, in which, for a short time, he was a teacher. He studied medicine with an elder brother, who was surgoon in the United States army, and attended medical lectures in Boston He graduated at Brown University, Providence, R. I., which, at that time, had a department of medicine. Williams College conferred the degree of LL.D. on Dr. March, and he was honorary member of most of the leading societies of this country. While a student of medicine, he was distinguished for his zeal and industry in the study of anatomy, and this laid a firm foundation for his future surgical renown. In the pursuit of his studies, uo difficulty seemed too great, no obstacle too formidable for him to overcome. And the same indomitable will, perseverance and enthusiasm have characterized his whole professional life. He came to Albany in 1820, and immediately commenced the practice of his profession, which he pursued with untiring devotion and success until his death. His often-repeated wish, that he might "die with his armor on," has been amply fulfilled; for, until within the last few weeks, he has been most actively engaged in the laborious duties of his profession. Immediately previous to his sickness, he made the journey to New Orleans, to attend a meeting of the National Medical Association, of which he had been an honored member and president. On his return, he was in usual health, engaged actively in surgical practice, and only found time occasionally to look after the affairs of his farm, a few miles out of town. He was passionately fond of agricultural pursuits, and in this way exposed himself to cold, which kindled into activity a chronic disease, from which he had long and uncomplainingly suffered. He was attended by his beloved colleagues and friends, Dr. James McNaughton, Dr. James F Boyd, and his brother-in-law, Dr. Armsby, and during his last illness was visited by most of the medical gentlemen of the city. His death, in the full vigor of mental and physical activity and usefulness, will leave a void in our city and in the profession, that will be most deeply felt and deplored. Dr. March was one of the most remarkable and gifted men of his time. No medical man in this country was more widely known, or more highly respected and esteemed. It was the common remark and testimony of medical men, that Dr. March was the highest and best surgical authority in this country. Among the prominentmedical men of Europe, whose acquaintance he had made during his frequent visits abroad, he was everywhere received with distinguished notice and honor. No improvement in his profession escaped his attention and investigation. His bold and independent habits of thought and action were always conspicuous, and he originated many new and important improvements in surgical science. As a bold, dexterous and skillful operator, Dr. March had no superior in this or any country. This is the universal testimony of the profession, and especially of those who have enjoyed the most extensive opportunities of foreign travel and observation. Few persons ever combined so many of the elements of a great and successful surgeon. He had a frame of wonderful power and endurance, a mind of electric quickness and ceaseless activity, with skill in discrimination and tact, and dexterity in execution, which carried him successfully through the most difficult and trying ordeal of surgical practice. He was a most thorough student of anatomy, having taught this branch ten years, before he occupied the chair of surgery in our Medical College. Thus armed with accurate knowledge and skill, he was never dismayed by the magnitude or danger of a surgical operation, upon which, perhaps, the safety or life of his patient depended. Having prepared himself for every emergency, he would commence an operation with calmness and self-possession, which inspired hope and confidence in his patients, and excited admiration and astonishment among his assistants and associates. He never seemed (o consider that his own reputation was at stake, when the most hazardous operation gave but a slight and only hope of saving the life of a patient. At all hours of the day or night, his best services were cheerfully and promptly rendered ; without partiality, to the poor and the rich alike, and while he required just compensation from one class, he rendered as faithful and willing service to the other. But the great beauty of his charac ter was in his domestic and Christian life. No man was more loving or more beloved in his house, than Dr. March, and no one in the church of which he was a main pillar, was looked up to with more respect and confidence. His whole life was characterized by simplicity, honesty and integrity, as evinced in the faithful fulfillment of every trust confided to his care during a long life of public service and honor. He was the father and one of the founders of the Albany Medical College, and its offspring, the Albany City Hospital. More than forty years ago he delivered a public lecture On the Propriety of establishing a Medical College and Hospital in the city of Albany. Among the last acts of his eventful life, he donated to these institutions, each $1,000. To the college he bequeathed his pathological museum, the most extensive and valuable in this country, with 81,000, the interest of which is to be perpetually employed for its care and preservation. To the hospital he had given, the same amount, the interest to be expended for the purchase of surgical instruments for use in the hospital. The name of Dr. March has long been a household word throughout the land. His students are numbered by thousands, in whose hearts his memory is embalmed forever. Every one has some kind and cherished remembrance of his honored and beloved preceptor. Wherever a student or graduate of Albany Medical College is found, and they are scattered throughout the length and breadth of the land, it is claimed, as their highest honor and merit, that they "have been a student of Dr. March, of Albany." When the deceased came to this city, it had a population of less than fifteen thousand. With the enterprise and activity which have characterized his whole life, he at once conceived the idea of establishing a medical college and hospital here. At that time there was but one hospital and two colleges in the state. He began a course of lectures on anatomy in 1821, in the attic of an old building in Montgomery street, above Columbia. His first class of students numbered fourteen, most of whom were young physicians. His material for demonstration was brought overland from Boston, at great expense and personal risk. These lectures were continued, and petitions were circulated among our citizens, year after year, for a charter for a medical college. At length, with the aid of his associate, Dr. Armsby, and the support of prominent citizens of Albany, a charter was obtained from the legislature, and our Medical College was organized and commenced operations January 3d, 1839. Dr. March has been at the head of this institution thirty years, after having labored eighteen years to prepare the way for its establishment. This institution, the fruit of his labors and enterprise ; the church which he has contributed so largely to build up, and the hospital with which be has been so prominently identified since its foundation, and the various other public enterprises with which he has been connected, will associate his name with the history and progress of Albany, as enduringly as that of any other citizen.— Journal.

18. Joel W. Andrews died, aged 67. He was well known to our citizens, and universally respected. He was an enthusiastic meteorologist, and was recognized as one of the best manufacturers of meteorological instruments in the country. His recorded observations extend through a period of more than thirty years, and are probably more minute than those of any other individual. He made frequent visits to the mountain-' ous regions of the country in the prosecution of his studies, and every

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