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two hundred pounds. 'He was fond of active ex- Crane-the first wife of his father-was Lydia Dorercise,
and was capable of great endurance, as was set, of a family connected withli the Walls and Stillshown
in the retreat froin New Mexico, and the wells of New Jersey, tracing their lineage far back
retreat and continued fighting from Camp Bisland. to an honorable ancestry in England.
He was ceol and dispassionate in counsel, ever The early teachers of William Carey Crane, in
willing to see the difficulties to be encountered, Richmond, were Henry Keeling, Thomas H. Fox,
and ever ready to credit his opponent with all the William Burke and Rowland Reynolds, under whose
power amlnd all the wisdom to which he was en- tuition many of the first minds of Virginia received
titled. These qualities, with his practical good the rudiments of a classical education. He spent
judgment, gave to his opinions much weight with one year at a boarding school in King William
his superiors. Thus, his appearance fully accord- county, with C. 'W. Taliaferro as principal, six
ing with his military talents, his wis(lom in counr- miles from Hanover Court, House, where Patrick
sel and his personal character, secured to him the Henry made one of his celebrated speeches, and
good opinion of the officers, and the undying love near Mangolink church, where the subject of this
of his soldiers. sketch was accustomed to hear the gifted Andrew
Broaddus preach regularly. His earliest recollections
of preachers are connected with John Kerr,
t % . John Courtney, Robert B. Semrple, John IH. Rice
'2 5~ ^and Bishop Moore. His earliest renmembrances of
'l^ vHRANE, WILLIAM CAREY, D. D., LL. D., lawyers and statesmen are of Benjamin Watkins
~.:~ was born in Richmond, Virginia, March Leigh, John Randolph, John Tyler, Chief Justice
17, 1816. Of his father, the "Biographical Marshall, James Monroe and James Madison. [Be:
Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Mary- fore he was thirteen years of age he had committed
'land and District of Columbia" gives the following to memory all the essential parts of Ruddiman's
account: Latin Grammar, and had translated the Colloquies
"William Crane, a well known merchant in Balti- of Corderius, Latin selections from the 1Od Testamore
for thirty-two years, was born in Newark, ment, Ctsar's Civil and Gallic Wars, Ovid, and
New Jersey, May 6, 1790. His parents were Rufus Sallust's Cataline and Jugurtha. At fifteen years
and Charity- ne:~ Campbell-Crane. HIe was a di- of age he was sent witli his brother, A. Judsonl
rect descendant of at least three of the small band Crane, to Mount Pleasant Classical Institution,
who caime from Conne2tieut in 1666, and began the Amhlerst, Massaechusetts, where he pursued a course
settlement of Newark. One of these was Jasper of study preparatory to commercial life, and learned
Crane, who was the first inagistrate of the town, to write and speak French readily, beside taking a
and anotliher was Captain Robert Treat, who went full course of lessons from an Italian professor of
back to Connecticut, and became Governor of the drawing. Among his teachers were Evangelinus
colony. Captain Treat distinguislied himself in the Sophocles, author of a Greek Grammar and a lexiIndian
wars, and presided in that celebrated as- con of Byzantine Greek. His classmates were such
semblv in which, the lights being blown out, the ien as James Roosevelt Bayley, late Archbishop
charter of'the colony was spirited away and hid- of the Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore, and.
den in the Charter Oak, frustrating the schemes of Henry John Van Lennep, missionary of the Con,
Edmund Andrus and King James II. to take it gregationalists to Constantinople. At the same time
from themi Mary Treat, the daughter of Captain Amherst College, in the same village, had Henry
Treat, married Azariah, .the son of Jasper. Crane. Ward Beecher and R. S. Storrs as students, and
Sbe inherited her father's land in New. Jersey, Hackett, Humphreys, Hitchcock, Tyler and Snell
and on this land the father of William Crane lived as instructors.
in early life. Daring the Revolutionary War, while Returning to his native city, he connected him
Rufus Crane was fighting for his' country, lhis house 'self with the Second Baptist church July 27, 1832,
in Newark was burned by the Tonries, and he was under the ministry of the Rev. James B. Taylor,
afterward unsuccessful in business." D. D. Richmond College, then known as the VirWilliam
Crane lived in Richmond, Virginia, from ginia Baptist Seminary, opened its first session in
1812 to 1834, and from that time to 1866,. the year October, 1832, and William Carey Crane was one
of his death, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was one of the fourteen students who formed its first
of- the most remarkable men in that city of men of classes. There he remained for more than a year,
distinguished mark. The mother of William Carey and earnestly pursued the course of classical study
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