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Brave Men and Women

Brave Men and Women

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Published by: Dharmsen Soni on Jan 26, 2011
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graceful and polite of gentlemen, seemed totally unconscious of the homely
bearing, the country manners, and awkward dress of his wife. In all
companies and on all occasions he showed her every possible mark of
respect. The ladies gathered about her and presented her with all sorts of
showy knick-knacks and jewelry, and one of them undertook the task of
selecting suitable clothes for her. She frankly confessed that she knew
nothing at all about such things, and was willing to wear any thing the
ladies thought proper. Much as she enjoyed her visit, she was glad enough
to return to her old home on the banks of the Cumberland, and resume her
oversight of the dairy and the plantation.

Soon after the peace, a remarkable change came over the spirit of this
excellent woman. Parson Blackburn, as the general always called him, was
a favorite preacher in that part of Tennessee, and his sermons made so
powerful an impression on Mrs. Jackson that she joined the Presbyterian
Church, and was ever after devotedly religious. The general himself was
almost persuaded to follow her example. He did not, however; but he
testified his sympathy with his wife's feelings by building a church for
her--a curious little brick edifice--on his own farm; the smallest church,
perhaps, in the United States. It looks like a very small school-house; it has
no steeple, no portico, and but one door; and the interior, which contains
forty little pews, is unpainted, and the floor is of brick. On Sundays, the
congregation consisted chiefly of the general, his family, and half a dozen
neighbors, with as many negroes as the house would hold, and could see
through the windows. It was just after the completion of this church that
General Jackson made his famous reply to a young man who objected to
the doctrine of future punishment.

"I thank God," said this youth, "I have too much good sense to believe there
is such a place as hell."

"Well, sir," said General Jackson, "I thank God there is such a place."

"Why, general," asked the young man, "what do you want with such a place
of torment as hell?"

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