The death of our dear friend Elmore

(The life and letters of John Angell James)

In the death of our dear friend Elmore, the church has
lost a very valuable member, and I a most affectionate friend.
Cut off in the prime of his life—his death speaks loudly to us all.
What now is the world, or any of its concerns, to him? Let our
hearts be more in heaven! We are too earthly and sensual.
We are too much elated by the comforts of life; and too much
depressed by the sorrows of life—forgetting how close at hand
is the event which will render them both alike indifferent to
us—and us to them. Eternity, eternity is before us—and what
earthly trifle should greatly affect those who are speedily
traveling to eternity?