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|Dates of Creation||1900/09/28|
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Resolutions of Respect
The following preamble and resolutions, expressive of the regard of the Suffolk County Bar for the late Counselor THOMAS S. MOUNT, of Stony Brook, were presented at the term of the Supreme Court, Sept. 28, by Mr. Griffing, of committee, and were adopted, Judge Smith ordering that they be spread upon the minutes of the court:
WHEREAS, Since the last term of this court death has removed from his earthly sphere of duty Thomas S. Mount, a cherished companion and friend, and it is fitting that we should give public and permanent expression of our sincere sorrow at the loss of one who for many years was an honored practitioner in this court, and by his personal and professional excellence inspired and retained our highest respect and earnest fraternal regard, therefore,
RESOLVED, That by the death of Thomas S. Mount the legal profession has lost one of its best exemplars, the County of Suffolk one of its most estimable and valued sons, the State a worthy citizen, great in goodness, and the world one who aptly illustrated the attributes of true manliness.
For more than forty years Mr. Mount held an enviable position in a grand and noble profession. Modest, unassuming, shrinking from every display of personal or professional ostentation, by fidelity to all trusts to him confided, his adequate and accurate scholarship, his apt and discriminating judgment, and his conscientious regard for the right, he won and securely held the confidence and respect of all who appreciate the worth of integrity, intelligence, and manly independence. He never essayed the role of orator, yet his forensic efforts gave proof of ample preparation, careful thought, scrupulous regard for truth. He impressed his hearers by his evident fairness in presenting his arguments, and no opponent ever questioned his good faith or purity of purpose. His love of study was demonstrated by his breadth of culture, and his regard for learning by his fellowship with its best interpreters. To him the True, the Beautiful, and the Good were not mere abstractions-they were his inspiration and his guiding stars. Wedded to his chosen calling, he was no less devoted to art and literature, blending the Doric of black-letter lore with the Corinthian adornments of life's lighter and happier hours. Noble in impulses, modest in self appreciation, he was ever helpful and hopeful in promoting intellectual excellence and moral supremacy by word and deed, precept and example. Faithfully fulfilling life's highest duties, he leaves to the world a legacy of good deeds, a golden record of personal purity, professional probity, manly endeavor.
RESOLVED, That we tender to the family of our departed brother the assurance of our profound sympathy in their bereavement, mingling our tears over our common loss, and holding the record of this loving life in perpetual remembrance.
RESOLVED, That the foregoing preamble and resolutions be entered upon the minutes of this court, and that an engrossed copy of the same be forwarded to the family of our silent friend and brother.
THOS. J. RITCH, JR.,
T.M. GRIFFING, JOHN R. REID,
Dated, Sept. 28, 1900.