Memoir of James Arthur Cobb

9780217427104: Memoir of James Arthur Cobb

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. MEMOIR. The subject of the present memoir, James Arthur Cobb, was the son of Rev. Sylvanus and Eunice Hale Cobb, and the youngest of nine children. He was born in East Boston, Dec. 22, 1842. The next youngest child in the family being eight years his senior in age, little James was a pet, as well as a great favorite. And such was his amiableness of disposition, so great his sense of propriety, and so mild and gentle was he at all times, that he was never known to take advantage of the position he held in the family, or the indulgences which were unavoidably bestowed upon him. From his infancy, so easy was he to be governed, or, rather, so great was his love of duty, that correction was seldom needed; and, in the family, often was he referred to as the little boy who was never whipped. And as long as he lived, nothing would grieve him more than to see a mother strike a child. Often, when his playmates have erred, and knew that the consequence must be a "whipping from their mother," he has gone, and, by reasons strong, persuaded the mother to use some other means of correction, and thus saved his friend from the "rod." James not only early discovered a sweetness of temper which greatly endeared him to all, but he evinced, also, deep religious feeling. His very nature seemed, as it were, a holy one. His social and moral sentiments were strongly marked, and very early did they become developed, insomuch that, by one member of the family, he received the name of "glory bud." A friend, writing to his mother after his death, says: "I remember well the first time I looked upon, your boy. I came to congratulate you upon his birth. He was three weeks old, and, with a mother's pride, you pointed to his head, and asked me if it was not fine and promising. ...

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