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
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.