Letter, John M. Bernhisel to Thomas Ford, 14 June 1844

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enlarged views, and is eminently distinguished by his love of justice— He is kind and obliging, generous and benevolent, sociable and cheerful, and is possessed of a mind of a contemplative & reflective character; he is honest, frank, fearless, and independent, and as free from dissimulation as any man to be found— But it is in the gentle charities of domestic life, as the tender and affectionate husband & parent, the warm and sympathising friend, that the prominent traits of his character are revealed, and his heart is felt to be keenly alive to the kindest and softest emotions of which human nature is susceptible, and I feel assured that his family and friends formed one of the greatest consolations to him, while the vials of wrath were poured upon his head, while his foots[t]eps were pursued by malice and envy, and reproach and slander were strewed in his path, as well as during numerous and cruel persecutions, and severe and protracted sufferings in chains and loathsome prisons, for worshipping God according to the dictates of his own conscience— He is a true lover of his , and a bright and shining example of integrity and moral excellence in all the relations of life— As a religious teacher as well as a man he greatly beloved by this people— It is almost superfluous to add that the numerous rediculous and scandelous reports in circulation respecting him, have not the least foundation in truth— [p. [2]]
enlarged views, and is eminently distinguished by his love of justice— He is kind and obliging, generous and benevolent, sociable and cheerful, and is possessed of a mind of a contemplative & reflective character; he is honest, frank, fearless, and independent, and as free from dissimulation as any man to be found— But it is in the gentle charities of domestic life, as the tender and affectionate husband & parent, the warm and sympathising friend, that the prominent traits of his character are revealed, and his heart is felt to be keenly alive to the kindest and softest emotions of which human nature is susceptible, and I feel assured that his family and friends formed one of the greatest consolations to him, while the vials of wrath were poured upon his head, while his footsteps were pursued by malice and envy, and reproach and slander were strewed in his path, as well as during numerous and cruel persecutions, and severe and protracted sufferings in chains and loathsome prisons, for worshipping God according to the dictates of his own conscience— He is a true lover of his , and a bright and shining example of integrity and moral excellence in all the relations of life— As a religious teacher as well as a man he greatly beloved by this people— It is almost superfluous to add that the numerous rediculous and scandelous reports in circulation respecting him, have not the least foundation in truth— [p. [2]]
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