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Isaac Riddle 3 (5), eighth son of Isaac 2 (1).



Supposed to
have lived



in



William Riddle 3 (5), eldest son of William 2 (1).

Jilisa Riddle 3 (1), eldest daughter of William 2 (1).

Hopa Riddle 3 (1), second daughter of William 2 (1).

Alia Riddle 3 (1), third daughter of William 2 (1). Tennessee

Susan Riddle 3 (1), fourth daughter of William 2 (1). and

Elizabeth Riddle 3 (3), fifth daughter of William 2 (1). j Kentucky.



James Riddle 3 (6), eldest son of James 2 (1). ) Kpntnfl , • na
George Riddle 3 (1), second son of James 2 (1). j" ^ entuckians -



FOURTH GENERATION.



James Riddle 4 (7), eldest son of Johnson 3 (1).
Eliza Riddle 4 (1), a daughter of Johnson 3 (1).



John Riddle 4 (3), eldest son of Thomas 3 (3).
Jesse Riddle 4 (2), second son of Thomas 3 (3).
Caroline Riddle 4 (1), a daughter of Thomas 3 (3).



Miriam Riddle 4 (1), eldest daughter of Manuel 3 (1), was married to
James Woods, of Pulaski County, Mo.

Andrew Riddle 4 (1), eldest son of Manuel 3 (1), married Lucinda Bench,
of Pulaski County, Mo.

Sarah Riddle 4 (1), second daughter of Manuel 3 (1), was married to
Bird Rowland, of Pulaski County, Mo.

Mary Riddle 4 (1), third daughter of Manuel 3 (1), was married to James
Combs.

John Riddle 4 (4), second sou of Manuel 3 (1).

James Riddle 4 (8), third son of Manuel 3 (1).



Sarah Riddle 4 (8), eldest daughter of Isaac 3 (2), was married to James
E. Harrison, an historian,



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58 EIDDLES OF VIRGINIA AND TENNESSEE.



Miriam Riddle 4 (2), second daughter of Isaac 8 (2), was married to
John Housinger.

Lovica Riddle 4 (1), third daughter of Isaac 3 (2), was the wife of John
J. Clark.

Nancy Riddle 4 (2), fourth daughter of Isaac 3 (2), was married to
William D. Clark.

Parachine Riddle 4 (1), fifth daughter of Isaac 3 (2), was not married
in 1873.



John Riddle 4 (5), eldest son of Jesse 3 (1), died unmarried in 1860,
aged twenty years.

Isaac Riddle 4 (6), second son of Jesse 8 (1), died in the United States
army in 1865.

Elias Riddle 4 (1), third son of Jesse 3 (1), married Betsey J. Hamilton.



Robert 8 mii\e*(l)' } Sons of James8 (3) ' born ™ Tennessee -
Milo-S. Riddle 4 (l).) Children of Joshua 8 (^ born in Tennessee.
On' J ' m RM(ll * (1) > Reside at Dayton, Rhea County, Tenn.

Mary Riddle 4 (2), eldest daughter of John 8 (2), was born Sept. 22,
1823; was married to William Nichols, and died two years after marriage,
leaving a son.

Elizabeth Riddle 4 (4), third daughter of John 3 (2), was married to
Culver-James Hickman, Hickman County, Ky., and had one child. Mr.
Hickman went into the army during the Mexican war and never returned
home.

Maria-Jane Riddle 4 (1), fourth daughter of John 3 (2), was born in
August, 1825 ; died in December, 1825.

Ellen Riddle 4 (1), fifth daughter of John 3 (2), was married to

Culver, of St. Paul, Minn., and has issue. One letter places a daughter
Margaret here.

Isaac Riddle 4 (7), eldest son of John 8 (2), was born March 22, 1830,
in Boone County, Ky., and married Mary-Ann Levi, March 6, 1853 (she
was born in Canada, July 30, 1835, and died March 4, 1871), and had issue
six children. He married, secondly, Mary James, and by this union had
five children. He married, thirdly, Mary-Ann Eagles, and had issue seven
children. He is a miller, farmer, and stockman ; resides at Beaver, Beaver
County, Utah. A " Latter-day Saint," and has observed the Scriptural
injunction to " multiply and replenish the earth."

James-Henry Riddle 4 (9), second son of John 8 (2), was a soldier in
the Union army during the war of the Rebellion; married twice and
had issue; lives in Kansas, near Kansas City.

Eveline Riddle 4 (1), sixth daughter of John 3 (2), was married to Joseph
Grover, and lives in Montana.

Elain-D.-S. Riddle 4 (2), third son of John 8 (2), married, and has three
sons and one daughter; resides at Elm Creek, Buffalo County, Neb. Land-
owner and stockman.

John-Thomas Riddle 4 (6), fourth son of John 3 (2), lives in Montana ;
unmarried.

Lncinda Riddle 4 (1)> daughter of John 3 (2), in Montana.



RIDDLES OF VIRGINIA AND TENNESSEE. 359

Joseph Riddle 4 (3), youngest son of John 3 (2), dead.
Christiana Riddle 4 (1), daughter of John 3 (2), by second wife; dead.
Jlllia-Allll Riddle 4 (1), daughter of John 3 (2), was married to John
Reed.

FIFTH GENERATION.

George Riddle 5 (2), eldest son of Isaac 4 (7), was born March 6, 1854,
and died March 18, 1854.

Mary-Ann Riddle 5 (3), eldest daughter of Isaac 4 (7), was born Dec.
7, 1856, and died Oct. 12, 1857.

Isaac-J. Riddle 5 (8), second son of Isaac 4 (7), was born Dec. 17,
1858; married Nancy Russell, and resides near his father's homestead, at
Grass Valley, Utah ; postmaster and stockman ; has three children.

Joselilia-M. Riddle 5 (1), third son of Isaac 4 (7), was born July 11,
1860 ; married Lovina Jacobs, and has a family of two children.

Madora Riddle 5 (1), second daughter of Isaac 4 (7), was born July 9,
1862 ; died Sept. 2, 1867.

Francina Riddle 5 (1), third daughter of Isaac 4 (7), was born May
17, 1863; was married to W. W. Stephens in her eighteenth year, and
has two children.

Sarah Riddle 5 (2), fourth daughter of Isaac 4 (7), was born Dec. 28,
1863; died Nov. 13, 1867.

Thomas-James Riddle 5 (4), fourth son of Isaac 4 (7), was born April
2, 1866, and is now at an academy in Provo City, Utah County, Utah.

Henry Riddle 5 (1), fifth son of Isaac 4 (7), was born Jan. 14, 1869.

Eva-May Riddle 5 (1), fifth daughter of Isaac 4 (7), was born March 7,
1871, and died Dec. 12, 1872.

William Riddle 5 (6), sixth son of Isaac 4 (7), was born April 7, 1874,
and died May 10, 1874.

Lydia-Ann Riddle 5 (1), sixth daughter of Isaac 4 (7), was born Sept.
15, 1866, and is in the academy in Provo City, Utah County, Utah.

Sophrona Riddle 5 (1), seventh daughter of Isaac 4 (7), was born Feb.
15, 1869, and died May 4, 1877.

Lilla-Cornelia Riddle 5 (1), eighth daughter of Isaac 4 (7), was born
Feb. 19, 1871.

Wallace-M. Riddle 5 (1), seventh son of Isaac 4 (7), was born Dec. 24,
1872.

Charles-Edward Riddle 5 (1), eighth son of Isaac 4 (7), was born Feb.
23, 1874.

J.-Elias Riddle 6 (1), ninth son of Isaac 4 (7), was born Feb. 25, 1874.

Isaac-Andrew Riddle 5 (9), tenth son of Isaac 4 (7),* was born April
10, 1879.

* It will be observed that only a few weeks intervene between the births of some
of the children of Isaac Riddle 4 (7); this must be accounted for in the fact that
he is a Mormon polygamist. This branch of the Riddle family is in little danger
of becoming extinct.



360 RIDDLES OF CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.

RIDDLES OF CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.

[Scottish Branch.]

t Julius Riddle 1 (1), came early to Chatham County, N. C, from Scot-
land,* or the North of Ireland. He married Nancy Mentor, and had issue
seven sons and probably daughters, but the names of the latter have not
reached me. This member of the Riddle family must have been born as
early as 1720 or '25; time of death unknown. He was a farmer and land-
owner ; was presumably a connection of the ancestors of other Southern
families. Died in 1756, leaving a widow and seven sons.

SECOND GENERATION.

William Riddle' 2 (1), eldest son of Julius 1 (1), was born in Chatham

County, N. C, March 13, 1746; married Jane (she was born July

27, 1761, and died July 29, 1817), Aug. 14, 1779, and had issue eight chil-
dren, of whom hereafter. He served in the American army in the war of
the Revolution, without receiving a wound. Settled in Chatham County,
near Pittsborough, as a planter; died Oct. 5, 1811, aged sixty-rive.

Capt. Richard Riddle' 2 (1), a son of Julius 1 (1), was born about 1750,
and served as captain in the American army during the Revolution, with-
out receiving a wound. He married twice, — first, to Stewart; sec-
ondly, to Horsee, and had issue seven children, of whom hereafter.

He settled in Chatham County, N. C, as a planter. Died about 1820.
It is related of Richard Riddle, — who was just three feet across his shoul-
ders, — that the champion fighter of Chatham County went in search of
him with the intention of thrashing him, and when on his way saw a man
with a cow on his back, and asked him where Dick Riddle lived. "I am
the man," said Riddle, putting down his cow at the same time. "Well,"
replied the champion, "I have come thirty miles to give you a whipping,
but I am satisfied by seeing you" ; and bidding Mr. Riddle good-day, re-
turned to his home.

Capt. Cato Riddle 2 (1), a son of Julius 1 (1), was born (presumably)
near Haywood, Chatham County, N. C, March 10, 1755 ; married Martha
Tomlinson (one writes Tomlin), and had issue eight children, of whom
hereafter. He settled on Deep River, in his own native County ; removed
from near Pittsborough to Clark County, Ga,, in 1810, thence to Wash-
ington County in 1812 or '13, where he owned a farm. He built a log-
house containing two pens (rooms), in an oak and hickory grove. He
served in the American army during the war of the Revolution, and was
at the battles of Guilford and Cowpens ; was not wounded or injured.
He was short, heavy-built, and of light complexion. Died in 1823, aged
sixty-eight; his widow in 1840, aged about seventy. Both were buried
in the church-yard near Sandersville. They were Baptists.

John Riddle' 2 (l),t a son of Julius 1 (1), was born near Haywood,
Chatham County, N. C. ; served in the American army during the Revo-

* The ancestors of this branch of Riddles were supposed to be from Scotland, as
they were always telling anecdotes and fairytales of Scotland; besides, the family
had all the characteristics of the Scottish people. The seven sons of Julius Rid-
dle 1 (1) were men of great size and extraordinary physical strength. They were
of good average height and weighed from two to three hundred pounds.

t The descendants of John Riddle, son of the first Julius, cannot be found, — if
any. Some think his family settled in the "Northwest." These should stand be-
tween the children of Cato and Julius.



MIDDLES OF CHATHAM COUNTY, NOETH CABOLINA. 361

lution, and is supposed to have settled in some Southern State, but his
family history is not known. See "Gleanings and Notes" in this book.
He may have been one of the John Riddles mentioned there.

Thomas Riddle" (1),* a son of Julius 1 (1), was born near Haywood,
Chatham County, N. C. ; entered the army of the Revolution, with his
brothers, and served during the war. Tradition says a Tory stole his
horse, but Riddle pursued and killed him, thus recovering his animal and
reducing the enemy's strength. He removed to Moore County, in his
native State, where numerous descendants now reside, but I cannot get
their family records.

AjJtilhlS Riddle 2 ($), a son of Julius 1 (1), was born near Haywood, N.
C. ; served in the American army during the Revolution; settled in his
native County after the war, and his descendants were living near Raleigh,
in 1878 ; some were serving in positions of responsibility.

Brantly Riddle 2 (1), seventh son of Julius 1 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C, about 1760, and served in the American army in the Revo-
lution, along with his six brothers, without injury. Some say this son's
name was Jordan. I cannot find a descendant who has documentary proof.

THIRD GENERATION.

Elizabeth Riddle 3 (1), eldest daughter of William 2 (1), was born in
Chatham County, N. C, June 26, 1783; was married to William Ward,
Oct. 8, 1801, and several of her children are now living in Alabama; three
of her grandchildren, whose father was Dr. James-Riddle Ward, are liv-
ing at Eutaw, Greene County, Ala., and are well allied and respectable.

Jollll Riddle 3 (2), eldest son of William 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C, June 4, 1786, and died Aug. 22, 1797.

William Riddle 3 (2), second son of William 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C, June 27, 1789, and died Aug. 29, 1797.

Sarah Riddle 3 (1), second daughter of William 2 (1), was born in
Chatham County, N. C., Sept. 4, 1794; was married to David Smith, Oct.
19, 1809, and died May 11, 1811, as "Sarah Smith."

Joseph Riddle 3 (1), third son of William 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C, Dec. 10, 1795, and deceased May 6, 1827.

Jesse Riddle 3 (1), fourth son of William' 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. O, July 3, 1798, and died Nov. 25, 1819.

Hon. Thomas Riddle 3 (2), fifth son of William 2 (1), was born in
Chatham County, N. O, Jan. 15, 1803 ; married Elizabeth-Mary, daughter
of Thompson and Huldah Chiles, April 5, 1831, and had issue four chil-
dren, of whom hereafter. Mr. Riddle graduated at Chapel Hill Univer-
sity, of North Carolina, in 1825, and studied law under Judge Henderson,
of the supreme court of his native State. He removed to Greene County,
Ala., in 1827, and settled in the town of Springfield, where he continued
to reside. In 1830 he was elected to represent his County in the State
Legislature, and soon afterwards to the State Senate, where he was contin-
ued for about eight years, and during all that time was engaged in the
practice of his profession.

As a politician, Colonel Riddle was mild, courteous, and respectful to-
ward those who disagreed with him ; he was firm in his opinions, but

* There are numerous descendants of Thomas Riddle, son of the first Julius, in
Moore and adjoining Counties, in North Carolina, but they do not respond to my
letters of inquiry. Daniel W. Riddle, a great-grandson of Thomas, is deputy sheriff
in Moore County.



362 RIDDLES OF CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.

never known to use an unkind remark to or about a political opponent.
Belonging to the Whig party, he was nevertheless so universally beloved
by the Democrats, that at one time it was determined to have no opposi-
tion to his re-election at one term ; and when a gentleman consented to
oppose him, deserving the confidence and support of his party, it was im-
possible for him to carry its entire strength, so devoted were hoth parties
to their former senator. He was possessed of the spirit of the true
statesman, and showed great devotion to the interests of his constituency.
He loved his fellow-creatures, and exerted himself to secure their happiness,
and few men have been called into public service who lived more in the
affections of the people. Colonel Riddle was not a brilliant, forensic de-
bater, but nevertheless respectable ; with great candor and unpretending
address, he always acquitted himself to the satisfaction of all who had the
pleasure of hearing him.

In his intercourse with gentlemen of his profession, both in and out of
court, he was always mild, kind, and respectful. But it was in the domes-
tic circle where his virtues shone most brilliantly ; it was there that he set
an example worthy of himself and the imitation of others ; it was there
he showed what joys a kind and affectionate husband, father, brother,
friend, and master can produce by a devoted and untiring discharge of
those several duties of life. Those only who knew him at home are ca-
pable of realizing to the full extent his devotion to the comfort of all who
were under his care.

Colonel Riddle passed a life in the interchange of good offices with his
fellow-man, without attaching himself to any religious denomination, and
never made a profession of religion ; but he so fully complied with so
many of the precepts taught by his Divine Master for the government of
his followers, and expressed such complete resignation in the hour of his
dissolution, that his friends were not left without the hope that he was a
believer in the Saviour of the world. He died in peace with all mankind
Aug. 23, 1840, leaving a widow and four children ; the widow and one
daughter survive (1884).

At a meeting of the citizens of Eutaw, the following sentiment was
adopted: — " ... it has pleased an all-wise Providence to cut off, in
the midst of his career of usefulness, one of our most valuable and be-
loved fellow-citizens, — a man who, in all the varied relations of life, ac-
quitted himself with honor, and shed a lustre around the human charac-
ter; whose private intercourse with his fellow-man, was ever marked with
that strict integrity and honorable bearing that cannot fail to extort a
tribute of respect from all who came within the circle of his influence ;
whose social relations were sweetened by all the virtues that give zest to
domestic life ; and who, in his public career, in the service of his country,
has ever exhibited that probity and patriotism which imparts dignity to
the councils of State, and sheds unfading lustre around his honored name."

On the Death of the Hon. Thomas Riddle.*
[the xame of the author not known.]

A star has gone from virtue's crown,

Torn by the ruthless spoiler's hand;
A light from freedom's sky gone down, —

A generous spirit left the land.

* A stanza of this beautiful poem was accidentally lost from the copy, by the
author of this book.



BIDDLES OF CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. 363

When die the noble and the brave,

Who o'er their country's foes prevail,
A nation's funeral banners wave,

And thousands chant the mournful tale.

The cenotaph and sculptured bust,

Commemorative o'er them rise,
To consecrate their hallowed dust,

And guard the spot where valor lies.

But when the good and virtuous die,
They need no sculptured bust or stone;

Their virtues and their deeds supply
A glorious monument alone.

No gilded dome or mausole'm,

Upreared by skillful artist's hand,
Can give more glorious fame to them

Throughout their patriot father-laud.

They live, — the cherished and the dear, —

Embalmed within a Nation's heart,
And Spring may leave the circling year,

Ere thence their memories depart.

And this the monument of praise,
Riddle! thy numerous virtues claim, —

The virtues of thy manhood's days,
Which consecrate thy spotless name.

Thou wast not of that servile race,

Who seek the honors of the State
And court the homage due to place,

The vilest ends to elevate.

Thine was that steady patriot's zeal,

That burus within the purest heart,
Which sought alone thy country's weal,

From every selfish view apart.

Truth was thy guide, — the polar star,

To mark the limits of thy way, —
Whose gleaming led thee from afar,

Nor let thy feet from virtue stray.

Though fallen in thy manhood's prime,
Freemen the meed of praise shall give,

And long as rolls the tide of time,
Thy virtues in their hearts shall live.

In years to come the free and brave,

Who wander near thy resting spot,
Shall pause beside thy lowly grave,

And mourn thy sad and hapless lot.

And those who honored thee whilst here,

Shall oft frequent thy lonely tomb,
And pay the tribute of a tear

In mem'ry of thy early doom.

May no deceitful stone or bust,

Its flatt'ry to thy mem'ry give ;
Thy faults shall slumber with thy dust,

Thy virtues in our memories live.

Alvis Riddle 3 (1), youngest son of William' 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C, June 5, 1806; married Salina Pope, and had issue four



364 RIDDLES OF CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.



children, three sons and one daughter. He was a merchant and planter.
Died Oct. 13, 1841, aged 37 years. His widow* and daughter now (1884)
reside at Knoxville, Greene County, Ala.



Allen Riddle 3 (1), a son of Richard' 2 (1), was born in Chatham Coun-
ty, N. C, in 1789; married April 2, 1814, Arcenia Ellington, and had issue
seven children, of whom hereafter. He served from Nov. 28, 1814, to Feb.
2, 1815, in the war of 1812, under Captain Evan in the North Carolina
militia, Fourth Regiment, Colonel Atkinson commanding. Discharged at
Norfolk, Va. Farmer in Chatham County; died Aug. 25, 1864, aged 75
years; his widow died June 14, 1874, aged 75 years.

Anderson Riddle 3 (1), a son of Richard 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C, and removed to the West.

Wiley Riddle 3 (1), a son of Richard 2 (1), was born in Chatham Coun-
ty, N. C, and removed to the West.

Barney Riddle 3 (1), a son of Richard 2 (1), was born in Chatham Coun-
ty, N. C. ; married Nancy Ellington, and had issue seven children, of whom
hereafter. He died in his native County about six years ago (1880).

Nancy Riddle 3 (1), a daughter of Richard 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C. ; married to Allen Temple, and died in her native County
twenty years ago.

Peggy Riddle 3 (1), a daughter of Richard 2 (1), was born in Chatham

County, N. C. ; was married to Scroble, and died some twenty years

ago (1880).

Mary Riddle 3 (1), a daughter of Richard 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C. ; was married to Terry Poe, and is now (1880) living in her
native County. Her husband was in the war of 1812. She has children
living in Chatham County. This family is related to the well-known poet,
Edgar-Allan Poe.



*fc> 1



Dicy Riddle 3 (1), eldest daughter of Cato 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C, Feb. 1, 1780, and married to Aaron Brantley, of Georgia.

John Riddle 3 (3), eldest son of Cato 2 (1), was born in Chatham Coun-
ty, N. C, Aug. 29, 1782; married Lydia Nale, and had issue two children,
of whom hereafter. He was assassinated about the year 1814, somewhere
in the State of Georgia.

Anderson Riddle 3 (1), second son of Cato 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C, Feb. 28, 1788; married Lydia Burns, of North Carolina,
who died, and he married, secondly, Jane Jordan, of Georgia. Mr. Rid-
dle was a farmer; had issue. Deceased at the home of his only son, in
his seventy-ninth year. He was tall, weighed two hundred and fifty
pounds, and considered a fine-looking man. " Riddlesville," Washington
County, Ga., founded twenty-seven years ago, has (1884) a population
of about five hundred. The land on which the village is laid out was
given by Anderson Riddle, son of Capt. Cato Riddle, with the restric-
tion that no whiskey should ever be sold there. It is six miles from a
railroad.

Sarah Riddle 3 (2), second daughter of Cato 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C, May 8, 1792 ; was married to Asa Sinquefield, of Georgia,
farmer.

* She was the daughter of Dr. Pope, a prominent physician of Greene County,
Ala., and her mother's maiden-name was Hobson.



RIDDLES OF CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. 365

Cato Riddle 3 (2), third son of Cato 2 (1), was born in Chatham Coun-
ty, N. O, Dec. 22, 1796, and died a single man.

Mary Riddle 8 (1), third daughter of Cato 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C, Oct. 28, 1799; was married to Daniel MacDaniel, farmer.

Jane Riddle 3 (1), fourth daughter of Cato 2 (1), was born in Chatham
County, N. C, June 20, 1802; was married to Rev. William R. Stansel,
and removed to Pickens County (from Georgia), Ala., in 1831, where her
children now reside ; among them Gen. M. L. Stansel, a prominent law-
yer at Carrollton. She died Oct. 16, 1868.

Matilda Riddle 3 (1), youngest daughter of Cato 2 (1), was born in
Chatham County, ~N. C, June 11, 1805; was married to Charles Fort, of
Georgia, and died Sept. 18, 1852 (?).



William Riddle 3 (3), a son of Julius 2 (1), married and had issue, of
whom hereafter. Lived in Chatham County, 1ST. C.
^Spencer Riddle 3 (1), a son of Julius 2 (i).

Lloyd Riddle 3 (1), a son of Julius 2 (2), born in Chatham County, N.
C, married, and had issue, of whom hereafter. He died at Aberdeen,
Miss., in 1840, aged about 60.

John Riddle 3 (4).

German Riddle 3 (1).

Elizabeth Riddle 3 (2). n , M1 „ t T r 2/1 ,

Lucy Riddle 3 (1). [ Chll(lren of Jullus " (1 >'

Jane Riddle 3 (2).

Sarah Riddle 3 (3).

FOURTH GENERATION.

William-Thompson Riddle 4 (4), eldest son of Thomas 3 (1), was born
in Greene County, Ala., July 11, 1833, and died Nov. 5, 1866. The fol-
lowing taken from an obituary notice written by Col. J. W. Taylor, one
of the distinguished citizens of the State of Alabama, is said to be a true
delineation of this young man's character : "He was a young man of rare
and varied gifts of mind. His intellect was active and inquisitive, solid
in its grasp, quick in its perceptions, and wonderfully discursive in its
reach after knowledge. The logical and the imaginative were blended in
almost equal proportions in his intellectual structure, — hence his equal
aptitude and taste for the solid and aesthetic branches of learning. He
was passionately fond of books, and loved literature with a clinging af-
fection, and for its own sake. A delicate and impaired physical organi-
zation excluded him from athletic exercises and the more active pursuits
of life, and he thus became a student, — almost a recluse, — from necessity
as well as choice. He lived in his library, and among his books sought
and found the instructive companionship coveted by intellectual natures.



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