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Hon. Isaac Leet ( - 1844)



Source: The Washington Reporter, Washington PA, June 15, 1844, page unknown:

Death of Hon. Isaac Leet

It is our painful duty to announce the death of this distinguished and highly estimable citizen, which took place at his residence in this Borough, at about half past 3 o’clock on the afternoon of Monday last. The disease of which Mr. Leet died, we believe, was Dropsy in the Chest. His death was sudden, having been confined to his room but a few days. He had attended to his professional duties at the late sitting of our Court, which closed its session on Saturday, the 1st inst. During Court week Mr. Leet complained of slight indisposition, though he exhibited in his intercourse with his professional associates, as also in the interchange of those friendly salutations for which he was so remarkable, his usual cheerfulness and flow of spirits. Early in the succeeding week, however, the disease which had taken hold upon him, showed symptoms of an alarming kind, which continued to increase until death released him from sufferings most excruciatingly painful.

As a citizen Mr. Leet was eminently distinguished for his usefulness, for his urbanity and for that amiability of character which attaches and endears its possessor to all with whom he may have intercourse; as a public man, he had been signally honored by that political party with whom he was associated—having been repeatedly selected as their candidate for Congress, and once elected. Nor were the friends and admirers of Mr. Leet confined to any one party in this County—his political opponents esteemed him as a gentleman of excellent qualities of heart, of integrity and scrupulous honor. He also represented this County for the term of four years in the State Senate; and had held at different periods of his life, the offices of Deputy States’ Attorney, and County Treasurer; in all of which responsible trusts, he acquitted himself with the utmost fidelity and honor, and to the entire satisfaction of his fellow citizens. In the line of his profession, no man sustained a more unblemished reputation; and toward his professional brethren he ever observed those courtesies and that honorable bearing which are so eminently the characteristics of the gentleman. In the tender and endearing relations of husband and father, Mr. Leet was affectionate, devoted, and it is here that his loss will be profoundly felt and deplored—it is in the sundering of these sacred ties that this painfully sudden bereavement is to inflict the most exquisite anguish.

Mr. Leet was cut down in the prime of life and in the full vigor of manhood, being in his 43d year.

During the whole period of his illness, Mr. Leet manifested the utmost resignation. No complaint was heard to cross his lips, at the severity of the affliction which it had pleased an all-wise Providence to call him to endure; but, patiently and meekly did he bear that dispensation—and up to the hour of dissolution, the same equable temperament—the same amiability of disposition for which he has at all times been remarkable, and an humble submission to the Divine will, were observable in his manner, and in all his expressions. Indeed, we have been told by one of feeling heart and keen susceptibility to human anguish, that stoicism itself could hardly have exceeded the patient and uncomplaining endurance of the sufferer; and that to the last, he exhibited toward those upon whom devolved the duties of the sick chamber, as well as to those who came there to minister at affliction’s shrine, the utmost tenderness. And more, too, we have been told, and it rejoices our heart to record it here, as a solace to the stricken hearts that live to mourn the loss of one so beloved, that Mr. Leet died with bright hopes of future blessedness, beyond the grave. Though his summons was short, it was well improved in seeking that reconciliation with the Savior, without which none can see the Father in glory.

The remains of Mr. Leet were borne to their final resting place on his paternal homestead, at 3 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, escorted by the Military and followed by an immense train of our citizens from town and country. We have never seen a more numerous retinue pass from this Borough, to the grave of any departed citizen. The Trustees, Faculty and Students of our College; the Bar in a body; numerous Ladies of the Seminary and Borough, with a large cavalcade of citizens on horseback accompanied the remains to the grave, distant 2 1/2 miles from our Borough, on the Pittsburgh Road. The public offices were closed and all pervading tokens of sorrow and deep regret sat upon the countenances of the whole population of our town, who felt that an amiable and kind hearted friend and companion—an excellent and most useful citizen had been called from among them, and that his place could not be soon filled. Peace to his memory.

Obtained by Judith Florian from the W&J Library



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