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4 > Page 4 of Address on the life and character of the late Richard H. Menefee : delivered before the Law Society of Transylvania University, in the chapel of Morrison College in Lexington, April 12th, 1841 / by Thomas F. Marshall.

4 panegyric without offence; the praises of the dead fret not the living. But I am not here upon an ordinary occasion to pro- nounce a pompous eulogy in set terms of a vague and general praise. You have directed me to draw the life and character, to delineate the very form and figure of the mind of one, whose moral likeness you wish to inscribe in enduring and faithful colors upon your archives, not only as a memorial of one loved and lost, but as an example and model for the study and imita- tion of yourselves and successors. It is not a sample of rhetoric, but a perpetuation of his image, that you seek, as the monument best suited to the subject, as a real and historic standard by which the youth of after times may measure and elevate the idea and the stature of excellence. And surely, if ever there were mirror in which young genius could glass and fashion itself; if ever there were mould in which the forming intellect could be cast in the just and full proportions of graceful energy and per- fect strength; he, of whom we are to speak this day, was that mirror and that mould. Would that the artist were equal to his work, would that his mind were fully up to the dignity of his subject; then indeed would I gladly obey your high command, and give to posterity embodied in my land's language, the very form and lineament, the breathing attitude, the intrepid port, the beaming hope, the dauntless energy of a genius which "poverty and disease could not impair, and which death itself destroyed, rather than subdued." Ah, had he but have lived! on that broad pedestal laid already, he would himself have raised a statue co- lossal and historic, an individual likeness, but a national monu- ment, than which never did the Grecian chisel, from out the sieeping fiiarble, awake a form of grander proportions or of more enduring beauty. He meditated such a work and was faxt zgathering round him the eternal materials. Type of his couutry, 4e sougbL to mingle himself with her existence and her fame and to transmit his name to remote generations as an epit- ome of her early genius and her history, and as the most signal example of the power of her institutions, not only for the pro- duction, but for the most perfect developement of the greatest talents and the most exalted virtue. RICHARD H. MENEFEE, whose death clothed this immediate community with mourning, threw a shade over Kentucky, and