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Death of Dr. Long


Died at his residence in Barry, Platte County, Missouri, May 11, 1877, with a Christian's hope, Dr. Benj. S. Long, aged nearly seventy.

He was born January 12, 1808 at Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky, moved with his parents, at an early age to Liberty, Clay county, Missouri, graduated in medicine at the Transylvania Medical College, Lexington, KY., 1835, was married to Miss Mary Burnett in 1836 or 1837, who preceded him to the better land many years. He was again married to Miss Louisa Basye in 1848, who also went before in 1864. He leaves one son by the former, and one son and 4 daughters by the latter marriage to mourn a kind and affectionate father. Realizing that the time of his departure was at hand he bade an affectionate farewell to his children, embraced and kissed the youngest. Then quoting the dying words of T. L. Parrish, an old friend, who passed away nearly 20 years ago, "I want to look out upon the world once more" was assisted to the window, and gazing the last time upon the beautiful green earth, turned to the looking glass and said, "I want to see myself once more," he then walked to the bed, saying as he placed himself thereon, "I am gone," quietly and peacefully fell asleep in death to await the final day when the body shall come forth to eternal life and bloom in its freshness vigor for ever and ever.

He was a faithful member and stong supporter f the Christian Church for 22 years. He was a man of strong mind, and of general intelligence; a faithful friend with generous impulses and one to be missed in society.

The community has lost a good citizen, the medical fraternity a worthy member, the church a faithful brother and strong pillar, the children a warm hearted, kind, loving and indulgent father and protector, and ourself an intimate friend of 30 years attachment.

As a practitioner, he was successful, and had few if any superiors. For many years he practiced his profession in Liberty, then Platte City, and finally settled in Barry, where he won the good will, respect and confidence of the people and left us for a better world, without an enemy. May the God he worshipped and served, fulfil the promise "to be a father to the fatherless."

Warm attachment of friendship having existed for 30 years between us and the deceased, we offer our condolences to the bereaved children and in silence drop the tear of sympathy over his remains, hoping to strike hands with him on the golden shores beyond the river and join in the glad son of honor, power, glory and dominion t Him that sits upon the throne.