The life and times of Henry Gassaway Davis, 1823-1916

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byCharles Melville Pepper

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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. 1920. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XX THE CLOSING YEARS Tranquil activities of Mr. Davis to the end--Slowing up in business affairs not marked--Fraternal associations--Memories of the Order of Odd Fellows--The commemorative jewel--No Ciceronian reflections on Old Age--Reforesting the wilderness for future generations--Anecdotes of contemporaries--Health strategy--Comment on public affairs--Anniversary tributes to his life and work--At ninety-two--Last summer at Elkins--Meditations for the Railway Builder--Winter in Washington--Journal entries--Illness and death--Retrospect of a long life. THE time when a long and active life drew to an end has been anticipated in the previous chapters. Yet until the very last there remained much of that remarkable life to be told. The closing years might be thought by those of his own age to begin at threescore and ten, but that was the period in which his activities were too manifold to think of their coming to an end. After it came the second decade of biblical old age, but he was then beginning and carrying through important railway and development enterprises. Perhaps the last decade might be taken as the closing period, and that included continuous if not incessant activities. Though these activities have been told in detail, some of them bear elaboration. Mr. Davis's mode of living in the closing years was little different from that which it had been throughout the many previous years. In the early spring he would go to Elkins and remain till the late autumn or even till the frosts of winter appeared. The summers would be broken by visits to Bedford Springs in Pennsylvania or to Webster Springs in the heart of West Virginia, where he found the waters salutary. The winters were passed in Washington, sometimes at one of the hotels, but oftener ...

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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. 1920. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XX THE CLOSING YEARS Tranquil activities of Mr. Davis to the end--Slowing up in business affairs not marked--Fraternal...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217124429

ISBN - 13:9780217124423

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