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The early history of the Town of Ellicott, NY.

Personal recollections of Dr. Gilbert W. HAZELTINE, 1887

Respectfully submitted by Dolores Pratt Davidson 
 
 

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Henry C. ARNOLD

   He entered the Hazeltine factory when a boy.  He soon evinced a great genius as a portrait painter;  The white washed walls in all the rooms  were soon covered with portraits of the proprietors and principal operatives in the factory.  An eminent portrait painter once said of him, " that he was the best uneducated portrait painter he ever knew, and if he could spend a season or two in Europe, he would become a prominent artist of that class in the US.". Poverty prevented the consummation  so much desired and produced in him a misanthropy  which at times was pitiable.   Henry Arnold was a gentleman in the true and highest meaning of the word, his whole life. 

   He married to Eliza KNIGHT, the youngest daughter of Samuel Knight. He followed portrait painting for a livelihood, and it afforded him barely sufficient means to live in genteel poverty.  He had 4 children, but one now living. He was an avid reader. 

   During the latter years of his life, he was a firm believer in the 
doctrines of the German Atheistical School, but it would be nearer the truth to call him a Transcendentalist.  He certainly was an Idealist. 

   As he was on his death  bed, (Dr. Hazeltine) at his side, he stated to him "I wish you to break the silence over my grave.  When my coffin is placed in the ground, I wish you to come forward and tell all my old friends how I stood.  I have tried to do my duty as a neighbor, and as a man, but I could not believe different from what I have.  I die with the full belief that death is the end of all things of life, of all thought, all pain and of all pleasure." A few minutes later, he said, "I must say good-bye, I am going" and very quickly he was gone.

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