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After Mr. Briggs went to New York, in 1856, he induced Lincoln to go there and speak. Lincoln was little known in this part of the country then, and the speech that he then made has been regarded as the beginning of his national reputation. It was the famous Cooper Institute address. The speech was delivered under the auspices of a club which was having a series of lectures at the institute, and asked Mr. Briggs to suggest someone to deliver one of the lectures. When he suggested Lincoln the members of the club asked who he was, said they were afraid he would not please, and declined to invite him. He was asked only when Mr. Briggs and three others guaranteed the payment of expenses.
While Salmon P. Chase was Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Briggs was made special agent of the Treasury Department. Governor Dix appointed him State Assessor on February 19, 1873, and he remained in that office until A. B. Cornell became governor. His conduct in office was extremely creditable, as he had made a special study of the subject of taxation.
In Arthur's administration, Mr. Briggs was made Deputy Collector in the custom-house. He had a stroke of paralysis, however, while sitting at his desk there one day, and he was an invalid for the rest of his life. He could walk a little with the help of crutches about his house, or even for a short distance in the street. Mr. Briggs always had an especial fondness for statistics and for the study of subjects connected with taxation, and he wrote frequent articles for the newspapers on these and kindred topics. For a number of years he wrote the Wall street articles for the New York Tribune. In this work he was succeeded by John F. Cleveland, the brother-in-law of Horace Greeley. Mr. Briggs was an able writer, and as a man was highly esteemed by all with whom he was brought in contact. When a young man he married Miss Margaret Bayard of Pittsburgh, and after her death he married, 1851, Mrs. William F. Casey of Columbus, formerly Miss Catharine Van Vechten of Albany. She is still living. They had one child who died in infancy.
DEATH OF REV. THOMAS CORLETT.
[CHAPLAIN OF THE EARLY SETTLERS' ASSOCIATION.] The death of Rev. Thomas Corlett, one of the pioneer preachers of Cleveland, occurred last evening, August 30,1889, at 8 o'clock, at his home, No. 819 Bolton avenue. Rev. Mr. Corlett had been sick for several weeks, but his demise was a shock to hundreds of Cleveland people by whom he was well known. About a month ago he went to the Thousand Islands, hoping to improve his health. Over a week ago he returned, not at all benefited, and since then was confined to his house, sinking slowly.
Mr. Corlett was seventy-two years of age and spent most of his life in Cleveland and its vicinity. He was one of the best known Episcopal clergymen in Cleveland and a member of Emmanuel church. Until his last sickness he occasionally assisted the rector, Rev. Mr. Putnam, in the church services. The deceased came to Cleveland in 1827. He was the chaplain of the Early Settlers' Association, by whose members he was most highly esteemed. Mr. Corlett has many relatives in Cleveland, and is survived by his wife and his son Charles.
The funeral services were conducted by the Knights Templar according to the ritual of Masonic knighthood, C. A. Woodward, Esq., acting as prelate. From the residence the remains were taken to Emmanuel church where funeral services of the Episcopal Church were conducted by Rev. Albert Putnam, assisted by the Rev. James A. Bolles, D.D. In the church were many friends of the deceased. Several beautiful floral tributes adorned the casket. The remains were deposited in the vault at Lakeview cemetery, while the impressive burial service of the Templars was read. The pallbearers were : Sir Knights James McMahon, C. C. Lyman, S. C. Kane, W. A. Smith, T. M. Irvine and H. M. Case. The Templar quartet, consisting of J. F. Isham, J. J. Jaster, G. L. Herrick and G. D. Duckett, took part in the services. At a meeting of the clergy of the Protestant Episcopal Church, held at the vestry room of Emmanuel church, the following expression of esteem and love, presented by the Rev. J. A. Bolles, D.D., was unanimously adopted :
In the death of Rev. Thomas Corlett, whose funeral obsequies we have celebrated, we recognize the removal from the scenes of his earthly labors of a very dear brother in the ministry for whose memory we shall ever feel the profoundest respect and attachment. Our dear brother was a native of the Isle of Man, was brought to this country in his infancy by parents who had been identified with the church in that island over which the good Bishop Wilson had presided. He was ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood by Bishop Mcllvaine. And at one time he was an assistant of the rector of Trinity church and did a remarkable work 'in looking up the poor and in bringing them to the church. Then he was rector of St. Peter's and later had charge of St. Paul's, Collamer. Of late years his health has not been such as to enable him to have care of a parish. Nevertheless he has always been a city missionary, visiting the sick, comforting the afflicted and burying the dead. Our dear brother Corlett was a very modest and unassuming man, but “ full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy," all who knew him could not but love him. “None knew him but to love him. None named him but to praise.” As a priest in the church of God he was true and faithful to all the duties of his office, always sustaining the church in all her trials and tribulations and never shrinking from the confession “ of the faith once delivered to the saints." His death is a sad and painful affliction to his family and friends, as well as to his brethren in the ministry. But we bow in loving submission to the divine will in this dispensation of his providence, not doubting that our dear departed brother is at rest and peace in the paradise of God, awaiting the time when we with him, and he with us, shall have "our perfect consumma
tion and bliss, both of body and soul,” in God's eternal and everlasting glory.
“Light eternal, Jesu blest,
Shine on him and grant him rest.
"Soldier of Christ, well proved and tried,
In every conflict brave and strong,
Awhile they shall not hold thee long.
" Thy sleep is but the warrior's rest,
Thee wreath and palm and crown await,
Thy welcome at the immortal gate."
A COMPLETE LIST
MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION Since its Organization, Nov. 19, 1879, to Sept. 1, 1889.
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