A brief history of John and Christian Fretz and a complete genealogical family register to the fourth generation: with accounts and addresses delivered at the Fretz family reunions held at Bedminster, PA, 1888, 1893, 1898, and 1903...

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1904 - 125 pages
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Page 79 - There may be, and there often is, indeed, a regard for ancestry, which nourishes only a weak pride; as there is also a care for posterity, which only disguises an habitual avarice, or hides the workings of a low and groveling vanity. But there is also a moral and philosophical respect for our ancestors, which elevates the character and improves the heart.
Page 28 - God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and to such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me...
Page 30 - Item; It is my will and I do hereby order and direct that all...
Page 85 - It is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no clime destroy, no enemy alienate, no despotism enslave; at home, a friend; abroad, an introduction; in solitude, a solace; in society, an ornament. It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once a grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage...
Page 79 - It is a noble faculty of our nature which enables us to connect our thoughts, our sympathies, and our happiness with what is distant in place or time; and, looking before and after, to hold communion at once with our ancestors and our posterity.
Page 28 - God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament...
Page 6 - I desire to be the real owner thereof, and for her only proper use, benefit and behoof during her natural life, or so long as she remains my widow...
Page 79 - Next to the sense of religious duty and moral feeling, I hardly know what should bear with stronger obligation on a liberal and enlightened mind, than a consciousness of...
Page 107 - If any man will smite thee on. the right cheek, turn to him the other also...
Page 28 - Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give, demise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form...

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