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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
that he had treated him unfairly. He was incapable
of a little, mean or unworthy action.
He started in the race of life penniless and without
friends, other than those he had won by his
energy, truthfulness, faithful discharge of duty,
adherence to correct principles and purity of
thought, speech and living. He resisted and overcame
many temptations and encountered and surmounted
many obstacles, following always with
undeviating fidelity the lode-star of duty. His
career in all essential respects was identical with
that of his brother, Mr. George Sealy, a biography
of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. The
following is from the Galveston News of Sunday,
August 31, 1884:"
To say that the news of the death of Mr. John
Sealy touched the whole community with a deep thrill
of sorrow yesterday, but poorly conveys the idea of
the sense of the community upon the sudden taking
away of one of its most prominent members. The
flags upon the Santa Fe general office, CustomHouse,
Cotton Exchange, Galveston News building,
British, German, Russian, Norwegian and Austrian
consular offices, engine houses, Artillery Hall, Turner
Hall, Beach Hotel, Mallory and Morgan offices,
Hendley, Reymershoffer, Blum Block, Oppenheimer
another placed in his dead hands, the white lilies
of purity, commemorating a gentle life and unselfish
patriotism; a third placed upon his shield the
red rose of unsullied courage and iron purpose;
and thus, part by part, his catafalque was strewn
with the silent symbols of worthiness and renown.
I have thought if each one of ourselves could come
from our reserve and give out from the respective
treasures of our knowledge the impressions made
by the long and useful life of our departed friend,
the homage would be large indeed, for we would not
cease until we had robed his casket in a funeral
mantle, graceful as ever covered that of Roman
senator or conscript father. To his public spirit
and organizing industry our prosperous city is
indebted for large and enduring elements of its
permanency and present growth. Forecasting
with unerring genius the future of Galveston,
he conceived and carried out many of its institutions
which contribute to-day to its stability
and wealth. Prompt with his judgment and good
will, he promoted every interest which looked to the
happiness of the people and the increase of their
fortunes. Generous oftentimes beyond his share,
he led the way in the courses of liberality and improvements.
His business and untiring industry
became a passion to him, which laid up its results
in strong material success for himself and in large
and generous returns for others. Wealth brings
power and responsibility, and so to his native
strength of purpose, we find in maturer years this
new gift added to his resources
a gift used so
wisely that nearly every enterprise of public or
municipal interest was unprojected until his name,
his judgment, and his co-operation were first assured.
This done, his fellow-citizens and fellowcapitalists
were inspired by the one needed resolution
which almost invariably leads up to such positive
results as leave little to be desired. Responsibility,
too, was fully appreciated, and so we find the strong
and solid banking house, whose business he contributed
so much to enlarge and strengthen, became
identified directly and at once with every depart
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/166/: accessed March 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .