He was not indifferent to the claims of religion, nor unanxious about his own eternal future. He stood throughout on the solemn shore of that broad ocean he must sail so soon. Sin and death, the retributions of eternity, his own unworthiness as a sinner, and the only way of deliverance were not unfrequent themes of conversation, sometimes introduced by himself, and were always listened to with manifest interest when commenced by another. It was his expressed wish to have no reliance upon any goodness or morality of his own, but to put his trust wholly in the Divine Mediator - feeling that he could be saved only through the merits of His blood. Thus desiring and seeking, and thus endeavoring to confide in the offered Redeemerm he calmly and happily approached his earthly end; and, on the morning of the 25th inst., in the 81st year of his age, he ceased to breathe.
Judge Smith was born in the town of Chesterfield, in the State of New Hampshire. He was a graduate of Williams College, where he was respected as a good scholar, a young man of exemplary habits and unblemished character. Aming his class-mates was the late Judge Sampson - of fragrant memory - of the city of Rochester; and also the venerable Chester Dewey, D. D., who continues, in his intellectual old age, to adorn the walks of science, as well as of cheerful and consistent piety.
The subject of this article pursued his professional studies in the city of Albany. Shortly after his admission to the Bar, he came, in 1813, to the village of Caledonia, where, respected and loved for his sound sense, amiable disposition, professional ability, sterling integrity, and dignified gentlemanly deportment, he spent, among the citizens of this community, the last fifty two years of his life.
In 18--, by appointment of the State Executive, Mr. Smith succeeded the late Judge Carroll in the highest judicial seat in the County of Livingston, - a seat which, under eight gubernatorial administrations of both political parties, he ably and faithfully filled. Such were the compass and correctness of his legal acquirements, such the quickness and clearness of his perceptions, even in cases which required the nicest discrimination, and such the soundness and equity of his charges and decisions, that he won and retained the high respectof his professional brethren, and approved himself to the satisfaction of all, unless, perchance it might be those who came into his court with "unclean hands," or the guilty who were arraigned as felons before him.
In the relations of domestic and social life not many men had fewer faults or more excellences than our departed friend. Cheerful, provident and affectionate in the circle at home, he was affable, gentle annd courteous, easy of access, of kindly feelings and instructive conversation in the wider neighborhood circle. His long and close observation of men and things, his well balanced and thoughtful mind, his general acquaintance with the principles of science, his familiarty with history and his accumulating intelligence concerning the current events of the times, made him a pleasing and instructive companion; while his gentle disposition and his sensitive regard for the feelings and the good name of others, caused him instinctively to shrink from unneccessarily censuring their conduct or impugning their motives.
For the last few years Judge Smith went a little abroad beyond the borders of our own quiet village. Our citizens always loved to welcome him on his friendly calls at their dwellings, and to give their respectiul response to his friendly greeting, as they met him in his daily walks. We shall long remember his fine expressive face, his venerable form, his pleasing address, and his kind and gentle disposition. And long shall we feel his absence, and regret that, in our homes and in the sanctuary, he is to go out and in with us no more.
The writer cannot close this brief tribute to (LJM - next several words garbled on microfilm) the? memory? of? one? whom? we? respected? and? loved, withoutassuring the family of the deceased of his sincere condolence and his wish that their bereavement may be sanctified to their spiritual good; nor without venturing into that inner chamber of retiring sorrow, and praying that the counsel, support, and consolations of the God of Grace may ever be given to the amiable and excellent woman whom He has written widow.
Contributed by: Loren J. McCullough