Excerpt from Brief Sketch of the Life and Character of Mrs. Elizabeth Adams To cherish the memory of departed friends, is the natural consequence of affection for them. To call up afresh to our minds, the views and feelings which we have long and habitually entertained, in regard to their virtues, their kind offices to us, and their benevolence and beneficence toward others, and to dwell on the remembrance of these, after they who exhibited them have bid the world adieu, affords a kind of mournful pleasure to those, whose hearts are bleeding with the loss which they have sustained. So natural are these alleviations of the cup of sorrow, drunk by those who have been called to part with near and dear friends, that they are always instinctively resorted to in the hour of distress; r can all which has been said against obituary tices and funeral panegyrics in general, change the feelings and practice of such as come themselves to drink the bitter cup of sorrow to its dregs. It must be granted, however, by every sober and candid man, that much has been said, on the subject of extolling the merits and virtues of deceased friends, which is just. It must also be conceded, that every protestation against overcharging with colours a picture of this kind, deserves the strictest and most scrupulous attention. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.