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Excerpt from A Memorial of the Hon.: George Davis, Born in New Hanover County, North Carolina, March 1st, 1820 Your committee, appointed to prepare a "suitable memorial and record" of our late distinguished and venerated citizen, the Honorable George Davis, approached the task-assigned them with a profound sense of their own inadequacy to offer anything worthy of that noble life, but with an earnest de sire to add to all the true and beautiful things that have been said of him some memorial that would more fully set forth the labors and achievements of the foremost citizen of our Cape Fear section. To do this we have thought nothing could be more appropriate than a free use of his own writings and the testimony of his contemporaries at the various periods of his life - what he said, what he wrote and what he did, obtaining thus a clearer conception and reminder of his high morality, his great ability and his rare eloquence. We are also moved to this course by the hope that it may inspire the rising generation with a desire to study his career, and in a grateful people the resolve to rescue from oblivion his scattered compositions. Nearly fifty years ago, a gifted young orator, who had from boyhood held the admiration and confidence of his fellow-citizens of Wilmington, appeared before a large assembly in the old Presbyterian church on Front street, and said: "He who has watched the sun in its bright course through the firmament and seen it gradually decline until it went down in darkness beneath the horizon, may turn from the contemplation with no feelings of sorrow or regret, for he knows that the period of its absence is mercifully ordained as a season of necessary repose to him and to all, and that the morrow will restore its beams to revive and reanimate all nature. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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