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Parsons was also a sound lawyer; not by profession or practice, but by the acquisition of the requisite legal knowledge. The office of Sheriff, when he was called to fill it, was one of honor as well as profit. Its incumbent was the companion of the Judges. He attended at their “chambers” as well as in the court-room." He listened to, and participated in, their deliberations and discussions. Thus Mr. Parsons breathed a legal atmosphere. Being by his official duties, through a period of twenty-eight years, in familiar intercourse with the Bench and the Bar, and having read the best elementary writers, er dowed, as he was, with a remarkably retentive memory and a logical and inquisitive mind, it is not surprising that he retained to the close of life the principles and maxims of jurisprudence thus deeply implanted. Though not a member of the Bar, his opinions on elementary points were seldom questioned.
Mr. Parsons wrote some, but reflected more. His published writings are few and chiefly political. His unpublished manuscripts are numerous and mostly in an epistolary form, relating principally to the subject of finance.
In all the relations of domestic and social life, Mr. Parsons was beloved and respected. He was twice married, and left three children by the first marriage, and one by the second; two only of whom survive him; namely, one residing in Hartford, Ct, Samuel H. Parsons, Esq., and one in the State of Ohio. In these relations, he was ever the generous and affectionate husband, and the kind and faithful parent. His habits and feelings were social and communicative; and in his intercourse with his fellow-men, dignity was seen blended with the utmost courtesy and kindness. He was a true gentleman of the olden school, and every son of New England will understand what this means.
His personal appearance was dignified and commanding. His stature large and well-proportioned; high forehead and bald, with dark blue eye, and a countenance indicative of his mental characteristics of thought, deliberation and energy, blended with mildness.
Mr. Parsons was a firm believer in the Christian religion. He adopted the principles of the gospel as the standard of human action; and frequently remarked, that through life he had made it an invariable rule never to close his eyes in sleep without first communing with his God.
About a year previous to the close of his interesting life, his system became generally debilitated, and during the last three or four months he was unable to leave the house. He expressed himself perfectly resigned to the will of Heaven, and gradually sunk into a lethargy, which continued until the morning of July 9, 1846, when he slept in death, in the 77th year of his age.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE.
My Muse has oft slumbered in life's busy day,
And seldom I've sought her, as having no leisure;
In the quiet of age, let me yield to the pleasure.
And on which with delight or with sadness I linger,
Where, where shall I place me — where point the fixed finger?
Or look only on manhood, or Death's lessons ponder?
Or most at man's folly or GOD'S mercy wonder?
Mark the tower, see the ocean, view landscapes wide-spreading,
Compassion its influence o'er my heart shedding:
Could your wishes be realized, what were the blessing
Of existence, and crown you with bliss worth possessing?'
More lands, shouts the rich; and 'no labor,' the peasanı;
Enjoyment from change, and depreciates the present:
And be just to that Wisdom our follies which chastens,
Though the crown of our wishes its advent ne'er hastens.
In tender compassion, well knowing our blindness.
Adoring His mercy, and trusting His kindness.
The name of philosophy; nor can the science
His passions, afford for his woes an appliance.
The void of the heart, which too surely is boundless.
And eternity show our complaining is groundless :
Life's philosophy prize, as we find it resulting
Without ceasing; in love, joy, and wonder exulting.
Submit us to GOD, and fall in with the measures
And fail to inherit His blood-purchased treasures ?
1st, Mrs. Elisabeth, sister of Mr. James Horrocks, a = Rev. JOHN COTTON, b. at Derby, Dec. 4, 1885, B. D. at Cambridge : = 2nd, Mrs. Sarah Story, widow. After his death, she married the Rev. Richfamous minister of Lancashire; d. without issue. Fellow, Head Lecturer and Dean of Emmanuel College ; Minister of ard Mather of Dorchester, father of Rev. Increase Mather, D. D. d. May
Boston, in Lincolnshire, for 20 years. Arrived at Boston, N. E., Sept. 3, 27, 1676, aged 75 years. Gravestone in King's Chapel Burying Ground. 1633. Minister of the 1st Chh., Boston; d. Dec. 23, 1652, a. 67. Rev. Anthony Tuckney, a distinguished divine and member of the Westminster Assembly, of Boston, B. D., was styled “cousin" by Cotton's children.
Rev. JOHN = Anne, dau. Dorothy, b.= Col. Joseph Sarah d. Anna, b. = Carr. Sarah,b=Richard Pierce, Elisabeth, = Rev. Wm. Mercy, born= Capt. Tufts Maria, b. April = Atwater.
Williams of Nov. 2.1606, of Medford. 22, 1670: d. 1729. May 8, 1654, Thos. Lake, 1650, d. Dec. Hampton, April 1, 1061; d. Johnson. 1663, d. 27, 1680.
1665; d. Hatfield; d. June 18,
Partridge. gr. Har. Col. of Boston, 20, 1706. No N. H. He 1600. Dec. 6-7,
Mass. 1715. 1678: ord, at an eminent issue.
1690. Hampton, merchant ;
sellor of N.
Rev.John Tufts of New-
bury; Har. Col. 1708.
| Mary, b. Nov.5, 1689, d. = Rev. John Whiting Joh'n, b. Sept. 5, 1687, d. Dorothy, b. July 16, Rev. Nathl. Gookin, of Thomas, b. Oct. 28, 1695, Anna,
b. Nov. Simon, b. Samuel, d. May 29, 1731 ; left six of Concord, Mass. Sept. 8, 1689
1693; m. Dec. 21, 1710; Hampton, b. April 15, settled at Brookline. 13,1697
Dec. 21, Lydia, 3 young. children, d. May 20, 1748, at King 1687 d. Aug. 28, 1784;
1701, ston, N.H.
gr. H. C. 1703; ord. Nov. 15, 1710.
John,= Expe Mary,=J. Jen- Dr. Rossi-Priscil- So-=s. Par- Joanna, Sally,=Capt. J. son of Ply- ker of Fal- of Wareham, da of Rev. nah, of Fal- lost at rience
nings of ter, Rg. of la, dau, phin, ker, of Cotton of da, of T. beth, kell of
mouth, sea, in Jack
Plym. Deeds, d. of Thos.
1800. son of d. there of Ply2. 71.
Aug. 1837. Jackson
, at Hon. John, M. son,d. Mary Ann, Isaac Hedge Experi- son, d. Han-=Has-
of Plymouth. ence,
young. nah, kel.
Edwin, =1, Waison,
Deeds. 3, Hammond,
several d. young.
2nd, to the church,
2nd, Josiah Byles
April 2, 1677.
bapJuly baptized Mather, D.D., Colonel John beth Hubbard, da, of Mr. Sam. Capt. Fifield.
Rev. J. White of 1682.
April 20, born Feb. 12, Phillips
of of Boston,
da. of Dr. John Lee, July 5, Gloucester.
1684. 1663; H. c. Charlestown ; Clark, Aug. 18, 1715; she sur
1678; ord. col. nine children; 1703 ; six chil vived the DoeRev. Mather
with his fa five d. young
dren. She d.
ther, May 18, She d. 1702. Nov. 18, 1713. C. 1725.
d. young H. C. 1711. Roxbury, L. U.C., 1729.
1685; d. Feb.
13, 1728, 4. 651
[In a future number of the Register, the pedigree of Roland Cotton, in England, may be given, with the Emblazonry of the Armorial Bearings.]