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larly in the Latin language, and having previously read and studied them in the original, he was engaged, previous to his decease, in reviewing them in the best translations. He kept pace, also, with the learning of the day, and there are few literary men, even among those whose time is not occupied by official or other engagements, who are so conversant with all branches of science, and all the modern publications. His reading was various, both in works of fancy and graver authors. He had a fine poetic taste, which he sometimes indulged in writing, and has left several beautiful specimens, which create regret that their number was not greater. They indicate the delicacy of his feelings, the keenness of his sensibility, the purity of his sentiments, and the classic elegance of his style. But his chief literary pleasures were found in works of historical and philosophical cast, and which treat of the higher moral and social obligations and duties. The Bible, with one of them usually in Latin or French, was the companion of his leisure hours, and of all his journeyings, whether official, or for health and recreation. He had a prompt and sprightly wit, but seldom exhibited it; never but in moments of the freest social enjoyment; and never to the injury of the feelings of others, or of the cause of virtue.
But his high elevation, his pure joy, his bright earthly honor was in home. It was there that the soundness of his judgment, the wisdom of his counsel, the mildness of his temper, the firmness of his purposes, the affectionate tone of his manners, the unequalled tenderness of his heart, the dignity and elevation of his virtues, appeared in all their loveliness and all their strength. And they only could truly estimate his worth, who saw and knew him there. There he was eminently great, and good, and wise. There, too, “he loved to love;" and the only pang he ever caused, was when he ceased to love.*
The life and character which have engaged our attention are such as the heart delights to contemplate. They form a consistent whole, with no irregularity of proportion. They were supported by a vigorous intellect, sustained by lofty purposes, and based upon an honest and feeling heart. Such it was his high ambition to be; and such he was. Such does the state of which he was a native, regard him; and he will continue to be admired as one of the richest portions of the Corinthian capital of her fame. The universal distress of her citizens; the excited sympathies and profound emotions expressed by the learned, the patriotic, the wise, and the benevolent, of every rank and sect, form a precious tribute to his worth, and give assurance that he did not live in vain; and that his name and actions will long continue in remembrance.
* The decease of Chief Justice Ewing marks a period of national calamity. The cholera which had originated in Asia, in 1817, and had exhibited its desolating power in its western course through Europe, made its first appearance in Montreal, in the summer of 1832, and very soon extended its ravages through the United States. Judge Ewing fell among its earliest victims at Trenton, New Jersey, on the 5th of August of that year.-ED.
George WOLF, governor of Pennsylvania, was born on the 12th of August, 1777, in Allen township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania. His father, George Wolf, was a native of Germany, and a man justly and universally esteemed for his integrity. He left two sons, Philip and GEORGE. A classical school being opened in Northampton county, by a society formed for that purpose, and conducted under the successive direction of Peter Leo, John Harold, and Robert Andrews, A. M., the latter of whom was a graduate of Trinity college, Dublin, the subject of this sketch became one of the pupils, and in that institution acquired a correct knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages. After Mr. Andrews left the neighborhood, Mr. WOLF attended, for a short time, to his father's farm, when an opportunity offering, he entered the prothonotary's office of Northampton county, in the capacity of a clerk, where he studied law, under the direction of the Honorable John Ross.
In 1799 he advocated the election of Governor M'Kean and President Jefferson, under the latter of whom he received the appointment of post master, at Easton, Pennsylvania. Subsequently, Governor M'Kean appointed him clerk of the orphans' court of Northampton county, which situation he filled until 1809. In 1814 he was elected a member of the house of representatives of Pennsylvania. In the years 1824, 1826, and 1828, he was elected a member of congress, the latter year by a very large majority, and the two former years without any opposition. In congress he was distinguished for his habitual industry and attention to business, and while chairman of an important committee, he made numerous reports, evincing those powers of investigation and discrimination for which, it is conceded by all, he is remarkable. As a speaker, he was plain and argumentative, using good language, and conveying his ideas with great precision. He was known to be a decided friend of the American system and internal improvements; and the interests of education have at all times received from him a steady support.