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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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112             Youth's Golden Gleam
constitutes the happiness of man­kind. Sometimes she would say, almost abruptly, "And now, my chil­dren, kneel down here around me and let us pray to our heavenly Father." Rising, her face resumed its sweet, sunny aspect, and everything went on as though it was the most natural thing in the world to fall down and worship God at any time.
Concerning Stephen's love for his mother, Morrison wrote that it "amounted to adora­tion," and that "there is not one reference to mother in the homely words in which he clothed his ballads but came direct from his heart."2
It is from a copy of the manuscript reminis­cences of this loving, pious woman, as recently found by Mrs. Evelyn Foster Morneweck, that we learn the facts concerning Morrison's serious illness in 1848. Mrs. Morneweck's summary3 follows:
Morrison, Stephen, Dunning and their mother were all in Cincinnati together from July 1 to July 11,1848. Morrison took sick in New Orleans on May 21 at the Planter House with malarial fever. He started north on the Magnolia on June 8, but became so very ill that he had to leave the boat on June 18 at Evansville, In-







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