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JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY

BY GEORGE H. HOPKINS
June 7, 1882

A cheerful face, and a word kindly spoken, has melted the cold and cheerless frost from many a heart frozen by the chilling winds of sorrow. I have often thought how much better was a kind and sympathizing heart than the wealth of the world. It will secure friends that money will not buy or borrow. When I am dead and gone, I would rather that one should stand over my grave and say: 'Here lies one who, when others crushed, gave me a helping hand, one whom I can never forget for his -friendship than all the marble monuments that wealth could rear—emblazoned with my virtues.
"Detroit has seemed as if it would always be my home. * * * Here I want to live and die. "
"Jan. 22d, 1853, Sunday Eve. "I have been reading lately the life and letters of Hannah More.
Have also been reading one of Mr. Colton's works, "Deck and Port. " He is one of my favorites. I expect to settle down and attend to business at home. I wish that business to be sufficiently lucrative to live well. I want a happy home. I want a happy and contented heart. I want friends in shade as well as sunshine—friends all the time. Here my wants cease; my ambition is not great. If Cassar's ambition had been no greater he would never have felt the dagger of Brutus. " "Feb. 13, 1853. "There are times in every one's life, I believe, be they Jew or Gentile, when they feel better than at others, and feel more religious, if I may use the word. The same sort of feeling I used to have when quite little, when I would ask mother to pray for Fred and me before going to sleep. Those prayers come back to me now, and like the streamlet from the spring, seem to have gathered strength daily until it has become a mighty river.

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