Excerpt from Memoir of Benjamin Bishop: With Extracts From His Letters
Disappointment and deep trials were the lot of our dear friend in a pecuniary way, in the prosecution of his business, and in the bringing up and providing for his children. He suffered long and severely from an asthmatic complaint, andhis eyesight, always defective, became gradually worse, until total blindness ensued. He was also much tried, at times, with mental depres sion. Naturally active, and very industrious, desiring to provide for his family without becoming burdensome to his friends, he tried in various ways to do so, frequently using exertions quite beyond his strength; but he was obliged eventually to relinquish the idea, and was a most grateful recipient oﬂkindnesses of which he largely partook.
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