A Memoir of Sylvanus Cobb, Jr

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Published for his family, C. L. Peters & son, printers, 1891 - Freemasons - 323 pages

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Page 204 - We have now ended the sixth day of very heavy fighting. The result, to this time, is much in our favor. Our losses have been heavy, as well as those of the enemy. I think the loss of the enemy must be greater. We have taken over five thousand prisoners by battle, while he has taken from us but few, except stragglers. I PROPOSE TO FIGHT IT OUT ON THIS LINE IF IT TAKES ALL SUMMER.
Page 227 - Justice Is that standard, or boundary of right, which enables us to render to every man his just due, •without distinction. This virtue is not only consistent with divine and human laws, but is the very cement and support of civil society ; and, as justice in a great measure constitutes the real good man, so should it be the invariable practice of every mason never to deviate from the minutest principles thereof.
Page 227 - Fortitude is that noble and steady purpose of the mind, whereby we are enabled to undergo any pain, peril, or danger; when prudentially deemed expedient. This virtue is equally distant from rashness and cowardice...
Page 227 - Temperance is that due restraint upon our affections and passions, which renders the body tame and governable, and frees the mind from the allurements of vice. This virtue should be the constant practice of every mason ; as he is thereby taught to avoid excess, or contracting any licentious or vicious habit...
Page 227 - Prudence teaches us to regulate our lives and actions agreeably to the dictates of reason, and is that habit by which we wisely judge, and prudentially determine on all things relative to our present as well as to our future happiness.
Page 74 - ... were all one then. I pushed open the kitchen-door, and was — in heaven! The table was set against the wall ; the evening meal was ready, prepared by the hands of her who had come to be my helpmeet in deed as well as in name ; and by the table, with a throbbing, expectant look upon her lovely and loving face, stood my wife. I tried to speak, and could not. I could only clasp the waiting angel to my bosom, thus showing to her the ecstatic burden of my heart.
Page 228 - Are masons better than others ? " A. Some masons are not so virtuous as some other men ; but, in general, they are better than they would have been, if they had not been made masons.
Page 284 - I value hig writings and pay highly for them, because they are just what they are — pure in morals, honest and noble in sentiment, simple in diction, plain in construction, and thoroughly adapted to the tastes and comprehension of the people.
Page 137 - All the world knows, that so far as I am concerned, and, I believe, so far as the President is concerned, all such applications will receive just such an answer as it becomes a great, magnanimous, and humane people to grant to brethren who have come back from their wanderings, to seek a shelter in the common ark of our national security and happiness.
Page 228 - The lambskin has, in all ages, been deemed an emblem of innocence; he, therefore, who wears the lambskin, as a badge of a Mason...

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