Recollections of My Mother

Recollections of My Mother

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...in hearing the sermon which he preached at Dent's funeral. Dent was perhaps the most conspicuous public character of the town. He was the owner of the only livery stable--a sufficiently modest affair--and the friend of every man, woman, child, and creature in the community. He was as deeply dyed as Mr. Wright and somewhat more portly; but dignity was not at all his role in life. Geniality, rather, was always the mood in which he was to be found; his heart overflowed in kindness towards every person he met. He had a special cult for children; and I, being delicate and not allowed to go to school, probably seemed to him to possess a particular claim on the guardianship which he exercised over us all. At any rate, he was always picking me up on the street or coming for me and bearing me off for long, happy hours in the open air, wedged closely beside him on the front seat of his carriage behind his deliberate horse. I loved him very much. But everyone did that; and when he died, there was universal sorrow. The pastor of our church came to consult my mother about the funeral, and they agreed that our own "white church" was the proper place in which to hold the services. Dent had belonged to us all--rich and poor, black and white; he should be buried from the place which stood for the whole community. "Mr. Wright must preach the sermon, however," said our pastor; and then I think that he and my mother exchanged a smile. "Oh, yes! I am quite sure of that. I'll find something to say too, of course; but Mr. Wright must preach the sermon." When he was notified of the part which he was so promptly expected to play on the important occasion which had overtaken the town, Mr. Wright was conflict-ingly moved by genuine modesty and by inevitable elation. It is...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 185.42 x 241.3 x 7.62mm | 136.08g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236666747
  • 9781236666741