The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 203
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J. Pinckney Henderson.
fail to accomplish much that will be useful to yourselves and the
age in which you live.
"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make out lives sublime;
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints in the sands of time.
"Footprints that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's stormy main,
A forlorn and shipwreck'd brother,
Seeing, may take heart again."
The last hours of Gen. Henderson were calm and peaceful. To
some of his friends around his bedside lie said, substantially, that
though he had made no ostentatious profession of religion, yet that
he had felt it in his heart.-But amid the love of his friends and
his countrymen, the respect of his peers, and the sorrows of his
family, he has passed away. How forcibly does his death teach
us "what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue!" He had
just arrived at a position where his talents would have been most
useful to his country; he was at the very culmination of his honors.
Yet, death, relentless, spared him not. While the very necessities
of human existence will consume much of our time, should we not
be taught by this solemn admonition, to employ some of it in pre-
paring to meet the messenger, who may come "at an hour when we
least expect him?" While we are paying worthy honors to the
memory of our departed friend and brother, let it be a useful lec-
ture to us, who survive him, on the uncertainty of human life, and
the mutability of human pursuits. Death has recently been busy
with the great conservative patriots of our country. Senators, dip-
lomatists and jurists have been stricken down to the level of the
tomb. While we mourn their loss, and pray for direction from
Heaven in the choice of their successors, let us not forget the les-
son their death so impressively teaches:
"The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
Await, alike, the inevitable hour,
The paths of glory lead but to the grave."
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