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JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY

BY GEORGE H. HOPKINS
June 7, 1882

I sometimes think I am too sentimental, (as it is called) and that I think too much of those things, and too little of my business and the daily duties of life. I hope it is not so. "
"July 24th, 1853.
"To-day is my birthday—only twenty-one, and it seems as if I were twenty-five. The head is more than twenty-one but the heart is younger, and I hope always will be. "Being in business at so early an age, and being forced to assume responsibilities far beyond my age, make me feel and appear older than I am. "To many twenty-one is the happiest year of their life. They consider that they are men, not boys, and in many, too many instances, that they are no longer bound to parents or family, but are rid of all legal and moral obligations to them. With me it is different. I have felt and acted as a man for many years, and have and shall always feel toward my parents, that I am bound to them by every tie that always had existed. God grant that nothing may ever change my feelings towards them.
"I have been thinking to-day how much I owed to the best of mothers. All that I am and all that I expect to be that is good came from her. Still how little I have done to repay her. True—I have loved her, but not half enough. She has often told Fred and me that having two such good boys repaid her for all that she had ever done for us, but how much better boys we could be if we had our lives to live again. "

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