Philip Phillips, Southern Unionist:
I was born in the city of Charleston [South Carolina], on 17 Dec., 1807. I had the benefit of the best schools then existing in that city, first that of Mr. Gates and then that of Isaac Harby, a gentleman distinguished in his day for his literary attainments. [Harby was the founder of the Jewish Reform Movement in the United States.] With the family of this gentleman I also boarded for several years, and I now look back upon this period with pleasurable recollections of the kindness received from its individual members. My mother died when I was very young. I do not now recollect the year, but the impression of her appearance is very strongly engraved on my memory. She was very tall, and consumption had worn her to the bone. Her saint-like smile, as I recall that dismal chamber in which she breathed her last, is as fixed and lasting as memory itself. It was her death that caused my transfer to a boarding school.
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