National Geographic : 1898 Feb
GARDINER GREENE HUBBARD money, in quiet, unmentioned ministries; and he served them also with what is by no means easiest to give-steadfast friend ship. The number is very large of young men, and men not so young, whom Mr Hubbard drew to him and who regarded him as more than friend-as almost father. This single fact is one of the finest tributes possible to the beauty and strength of his charac ter. His family life may hardly be mentioned here; but it is no intrusion to name what all who entered his beautiful home wit nessed-a chivalrous, conjugal devotion and a tender love for children and grandchildren, most delightful to see, and that have now become sacred and blessed memories. Mr Hubbard's love for this church was intense and unfailing. During the second year of its existence he succeeded Mr Justice Strong as president of its board of trustees and still held the office at his death. He served upon its building committee and builded his best thought and devotion into its walls. He planned and labored to have it minister to all that is high and pure and elevating for the community; and one of his latest wishes was that this fine organ should be used freely to give pleasure to the music-lovers of the city. Of his inmost religious experiences we may not speak too freely, for he himself was reticent about them. He confessed Christ in his early man hood in Boston under the ministry of the celebrated and godly Dr Edward N. Kirk, and later removed his church membership to Cambridge, whence he never brought it to this city. He was not clear about some points of metaphysical theology, and was too conscientious to do what would seem to commit him to any thing that he did not fully believe. He was reverent, devout, sincere, aiming each day to shape his life on the plan of fidelity to his noblest ideals, to man and to God. It is a unique life that has thus been led among us and that has now, amid universal grief, though as one has said with " exultation " in what it has been and has accomplished, sunk peacefully and gently to its close. One of the most competent judges writes: " When I say that I regarded him as the most useful citizen of Washington, I cannot say more of any man." What high and noble phase of the life of our city is not the poorer for his going, but also the richer for his having lived among us ? What that is purest, truest, sweetest, most broad minded, most generous-hearted, did he not illustrate and adorn ? Man of faith and of action, scholar, lover of art, patriot, cosmo politan, true friend, tender husband and father, who didst always live with thy face to the sun-rising ! " Good night; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."