looked upon as an object essential to the peace, prosperity,
and glory of the States. The bare idea of its dissolution
filled his patriotic bosom with unutterable horror. He
was indeed, in the language of the great and lamentel
Webster, " for the Union, one and inseparable, now and
In the year 1840, his brother, John Gray and family,
from the South, spent the summer with the 'Squire, at
his residence in Boone. They had with them a little son,
named David, then several years old, very sprightly and
Never were two brothers more endeared to each other.
Their hearts were truly knit together. As masters, they
were kind and humane. They governed their families
like the patriarchs of old. Between Henry and his slaves
there were great confidence and affection prevailing: no
discord in his family.
David Gray-Visits his Uncle Henry in Boone-Interview and
DAVID GRAY was an amiable youth-true benevolence
beamed in his countenance. Upon the borders of the Mis-
sissippi river, the father of wa ters, near Rodney, he was born,
and there had grown up to manhood. He was thoroughly
educated-his mind was trained to a close and full investi-
gation of subjects. He was master of the arts and
sciences, and many of the ancient and modern languages.
In the spring of 1855, at the age of twenty, he returns
home to enjoy the pleasures of rural scenery.
Ile had long been immured in the walls of a college,
devoting ail the energies of his mind to comprehend the
various studies in which he had been engaged, and now
he comes forth, with all the ardor of youth, to intermingle
with relatives and society; to home, sweet home, he
returns, after long absence. There he meets his dear
parents, who receive him with great affection. The old