Archive for November 14th, 2010

Harvey Dewey

This tombstone sits right against the northern wall of Erie Street Cemetery, off by itself. You can imagine that in the heyday of the cemetery, it was surrounded by other tombstones honoring those who rest here, but now it stands as a reminder of all we have lost in this place.

Harvey Dewey was only 22 years old when he died in 1827. His epitaph “Our days on earth are as a shadow,” a passage from 1 Chronicles in the Bible, stressing how fleeting and short mortal life is and how futile it is to cling to it.


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