perhaps longer with him; found him prosperous, if not rich; very comfortably situated, and an influential local Methodist preacher.
Of the sons of Sampson Pope, George was elected Clerk of the Court of Edgefield, and died while in office. He was very popular, and more than merely popular, he was beloved by the people. Thomas H. made his home in Newberry - was a distinguished lawyer - was elected to the Legislature from that county. One of his sons was in 1891, Attorney General of the State. Afterwards Associate Justice, and one was Clerk of the Senate; they both having been previously members of the Legislature. One son, Thomas H., became a Baptist preacher. He was an earnest and good man. He died young, and his body rests in Rosemont Cemetery in the town of Newberry. I was writing "Within the Vail" and in the act of penning the following lines when I was startled by the appearance of a funeral procession passing with the body of Rev. Thomas H Pope to the grave. I dropped my pencil and paper and joined the procession.
"The insect of today,
Whose little life is ended in a week,
It lives, grows old, and dies within a week; -
Three score and ten, the limit of a man's life,
Is to eternity of equal date."