Commending Their Sky

Newspaper clipping of an obituary, no date.

SHELL - In this city, on Friday evening, July 3, aged 21 years and 10 months, Frederick P. Shell, a well-known Teacher in the Drawing and Painting school of Mr. Coe, in the New York University.

Possessing a delicate constitution, and with most of his time occupied in teaching he was a careful student of nature, and has left pictures which compare favorably with the most gifted of our younger artists. Extremely social in his habits, and pleasing in his address, with a kind word for every person of every condition, he parts with a large circle of sincere friends. Prostrated with his last day's efforts in teaching, the pupils of the school in all parts of the country will be interested to know they were not forgotten by him in his last hours. Calling many by name in his partial delerium, he would cheer them onward, commending their sky, the rocks and the water, and encourage them to rely on their own exertions. His thoughts, particularly during the past few months have been turned to contemplate the future, and his friends are consoled with the hope that he has gone to that "city, where they have no need of the sun neither of the moon, to shine it, for the glory of God and the Lamb are the light thereof." 

Found in "Eight Cousins" by Louisa May Alcott. Published by Roberts, 1890.

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