The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 63
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J. C. Clopper's Journal and Book of Memoranda for 1828. 63
father asked him where he felt most pain-with broken catches he
answered "throughout-my-whole-system." Shortly after he
became somewhat delirious-got up and walked into a room for
water-lead him back-he sat up-I sat behind him and supported
him for awhile on my breast in an agony of sorrow-father
groaned aloud as he contemplated us. I laid him down-he com-
plained of a great pain in his limbs-rose up and sat again-
looked at father and exclaimed--"the lambs ought to be gathered."
I was sensible at the time that his rational powers were affected
by the fever, yet was this exclamation to me a consoling indication
of what but a short time previous had been the joyous tenor of
his thoughts. Dr. Nuckols arrives-attempts to stimulate, but
the hand of Death was already on him-father and I both called
on him-he became roused-we asked him-did he know the Dr.-
from the manner in which he turned his head and looked upon him I
was satisfied he was perfectly sensible-father and I had hold of
his hands-he then turned his eyes on his beloved father for a
few minutes-then turned them on me with a feeble farewell
pressure of his cold hands-withdrew his eyes-fixed them on the
heavens and in a few minutes we percieved that he breathed no
more. Farewell! Edward, thou most dutiful and affectionate of
.sons; thou tenderest of brothers-truest of friends-most guileless
of the children of men-short were the wanderings of thy pilgrim-
age, but they were toilsome mingled with sorrows-leading from
the home of thy kindred-thou hadst no mother, no Sister, no
gentle voice of womankind to smooth thy passage to the tomb,
but thou hadst the tenderest of fathers the most affectionate of
brothers. 0, Edward thou hadst Him who sticketh closer than
a brother-so that we rejoice in believing that, tho' thou hast
fallen asleep in a far distant land-far from "the scenes of thy
Juvenile days"-one of a little community budding in the wilder-
ness-, "thy last days were thy best days." "Let me die the death
of the righteous and let my last end be like his !"
He died on Friday evening about an hour and half before Sun-
set. Saturday evening was buried attended by all the citizens male
and female who had had an opportunity of knowing how to ap-
preciate his merits and who, with one sentiment of respect paid
this last mournful tribute to the worth and memory of the amiable
the youthful stranger. Sunday I write the melancholy circum-
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