JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY
BY GEORGE H. HOPKINS
June 7, 1882
Have you ever read or seen Miss Strickland's 'Lives of the Queens of England ?' I saw a copy of them (eight volumes) in one of our book stores, a few weeks ago, and for a week past have felt of my purse-strings every day to see if I could buy them. I want them very much, as I have read part of them, in spare moments I could catch. They are certainly the most delightful books I have seen lately. The only time I feel my poverty, or really think I am poor, is in a book-store or a picture gallery. I think, and think, look at this and that book or picture, feel of my purse, button up my coat, stare old poverty in the face, and walk off, dreaming of the 'good time, that they say 'is coming. "If we can bring smiles in place of tears, or joy in place of sorrow, to one erring and unfortunate heart, will it not be fulfilling more than our mission here?
'A poor man's tear dropped o'er the grave
Blots out many a sin, recorded in the book of life.
To a young friend leaving college, he writes:
"Detroit, May 1, 1857.
"My Dear B------* Now that you are about launching your bark
upon the stormy ocean of life, be sure before you do so that all is right. Have every seam and crack well secured. Let the masts be well set and the sails well sprung. Take truth for your compass and honesty for your rudder; let it be well ballasted, and with a clear conscience for a cable and virtue for
your anchor, I doubt not that you will ride every storm in safety, and be safely landed in the Haven above when you come to your journey's end. "
In November, 1856, soon after the election of Buchanan, he wrote to a young friend who had been stumping the State of New York in behalf of the Democratic ticket:
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