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ings , thou God of love , for Jesus Christ's sake . Amen . " After another strain of solemn music , Mr . Tyler , the Governor of the Commonwealth , arose and delivered an eloquent address . £ See the preceding pages , 640—646 of this number . ] As soon as the orator had
concluded , the band struck up a fine dirge , after which the Rev . Mr . Kerr , of the Baptist Church , closed the exercises of the day with prayer . The whole scene was of too impressive a character ever to be forgotten . It was worthy of the great and good man whose loss it was intended to commemorate .
Minute guns were fired for one hour in the morning , and one hour in the evening ; and the State-house and Penitentiary bells were tolled through the whole day . Letter op the fresent President .
The following is the answer of President Adams , to the letter of condolence addressed to him and the other members of the family of the late Mr . Adams , by the Mayor of the city of New York : —
" Quiney , \ 5 th July , 1826 . €€ Philip Hone , Esq ., Mayor of the City of New York . " Sir , * ' I received with deep sensibility the letter which you had the goodness personally to deliver to me on the 11 th inst ., together with a copy of the resolutions of the Common
Council of your city , on the occasion of the remarkably coincident decease of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson—a coincidence rendered still more remarkable by its occurrence on the fiftieth
anniversary of that day whence their country dates her existence , by an act to the accomplishment of which they had both so largely contributed . " In the name and on behalf of the
family of Mr . Adams , I pray you , Sir , to accept yourself , and to render to the Common Council of the city of New York , our grateful acknowledgments for the sympathy which you have kindly felt with U 3 in the peculiar bereavement which we have
sustained . Among the many motives of consolation with which it has pleaded an overruling Providence in this instance to mingle the cup of affliction
which might not pass away , a voice of comfort to us and of affectionate reverence for the memory of the deceased from our fellow-citizens of New York , soothes our present sorrow , and will leave through life the sense of its kindness impressed upon our remembrance . " Accept my friendly and respectful salutations . c < JOHN QUINCY ADAMS . "
650 Funeral Superstition of the Armenians .
Funeral Superstition of the Armenians . IN the last number ( pp . 617—619 ) we inserted an account ( by Di \ Walsh , from " The Amulet" ) of the Armenians ; we now give another description of their superstition from Swan ' s " Journal of a Voyage up the Mediterranean / ' ( 2 Vols . 8 vo . 1826 , ) Vol . I . pp . 235 , 236 .
" From hence we went to the church of the Armenians , but again we were too late . They were just dispersing . I observed , however , a custom which prevails here every Saturday , called in Greek fA . vv ) fA . o < rvvo <; or the day of memorial . The
churchyard was absolutely covered with small chafing dishes , into which was thrown a compound of rosin and myrrh , intended , as an Armenian priest , whom we questioned , said , * for the gain of the living and
remembrance of the dead / They suppose that the souls of the departed take pleasure in seeing the cloud rise upward from the grave , bearing with it the prayers and reminiscences of the friends whom they have loved ; and in truth the observance is as
harmless as any that I have noticed . It may serve to recall the heart from its wanderings , and convince it of its frailness and mortality . At least , if the frequency of the occurrence does not weaken the effect , it may soothe
and soften the mind when it renews its intercourse with the world , by presenting images of the most g rateful order , by flattering it with holding a sort of direct communication with the spirits * of just men made
perfect / and by filling it with the hope of walking securely in the same path , and of preserving in turn the same connexions it has loved and left . They have ample faith for all this / [ This is an unexpected apology for
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1826, page 650, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2554/page/14/