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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

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depressing influences ever destroyed that natural buoyancy, geniality and vivacious bon homme which he possessed in a marked degree. These qualities ever attracted to hitn the young men, who enjoyed his society and profited by his example and advice, while his extensive reading, lon<; observation of men and manners, his delicate humor and great refinement, threw a charm over his converse with people of all ages. In short, it may truly be said that in his unobtrusive kindness, his humble estimate of himself, his reliance for support on a higher power; in his unselfish regard for the welfare of all, his charity, his acts of forgiveness; in his consistent lite and peaceful death he displayed in a marked degree the attributes of the Christian gentlemen. In the immediate circle of his family and relatives his loss has created an aching void which can never be filled, while his friends will ever cherish with mournful pleasure the remembrance of his many virtues.—Aryus.

8. Air, h. 13, 1. below 0 Thermometers in various parts of the

city indicated a temperature varying from 10 to 16deg. below zero ..,

Cornelia Chapin, wife of Gen. S. D. Brown, died.

9. Air, h. 22,1. 2 The Old Brick Cliurch.—The Rev. Mr. Smart

preached for the last time in the Old Brick (Congregational) Church last eveuing. The pews and other furniture are to be sold on Saturday, and must be removed by the first of March next, when stores are to be erected upon its site by Messrs. Mann & Waldman, the owners of this property. There are associations connected with this old church that will never be forgotten by those who have worshiped within its walls. Here the Rev. Dr. Nott, about the commencement of the present century, then in the dawn of that fame which afterward gave the widest celebrity as a pulpit orator, preached to crowded and delighted audiences. Here he pronounced that remarkable discourse against duelling, called out by the death of Alexander Hamilton at the hands of Aaron Burr in 1804, passages of which are still cited in the school books as among the finest specimens of American oratory. Dr. Nott became pastor of this church towards the close of the last century, and remained in charge until he was called to the presidency of Union College in 1804, a position which he filled with distinguished success for the unexampled period of about sixty years. Other remarkable preachers have filled this pulpit, including the Rev. Dr. Campbell, who remained until the removal of his congregation to the new church, built by his efforts, at the corner of Philip and Hudson streets. Dr. Campbell was one of the most celebrated and able of the many able divines of Albany. His sermons gave evidence of a keen and cultivated intellect; and if all that he delivered within the walls of that church could be gathored and published, they would constitute many volumes of discourses, characterized at once by great intellectual power, and by the most polished diction. Such associations will be cherished by the numerous congregations that have worshiped here, long after its walls have disappeared. The old church gives way to the demands of trade. This has long driven most of its members to other parts of the city, and now the site has become one of the most valuable in the city for commercial purposes. The present congregation will hold service hereafter in Association Hall until the completion of their new edifice on Eagle

street.— Faper The temperature changed from extreme cold to

moderate, with snow, and rain, and at night to extreme cold again

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