Richard W. Roberts
Davenport Democrat; printed in an Aledo newspaper.
Richard W. ROBERTS
Sept. 13, 1822 – (1870’s)
The Late R. W. ROBERTS
A brief obituary notice, in the usual place, is scant justice to the memory of one who was such an example of the genuine manhood as Richard W. ROBERTS. An intimate acquaintance, social and official, for nearly twenty-five years, justifies the writer in saying, what many friends here, and more elsewhere, will confirm, that few persons possessed so many sterling virtues with so few defects. Highly individualized, positive in manner, and direct in expression, whether of praise or censure, a superficial listener might think him dogmatic.––Whereas, no man was more tolerant of opinion, few so charitable in judging others. Earnestly, enthusiastically, expressing his own views, he encouraged, even invited, like freedom in others, delighting in the freest interchange of thought. In early manhood an Episcopalian, he retained an affectionate reverence for the church of his youth, after he had outgrown all limitations of creed, accepting in its largest sense the Universal Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of Man. Thoroughly impressed with this belief, he was in active sympathy with every measure suggested by an enlightened philanthropist, which promised to instruct, refine, elevate and bless the human race, and only those who favored with a knowledge of his social nature and private life can fully estimate his worth.
His character blended in fair proportion the quick, intuitive, tender sympathies of woman, with the firmness, decision, and courage of man, so that he could touch and comprehend with equal ease childhood, womanhood and manhood, and attract and hold the confidence of all who were related to him. During his career of about fifty years, he has exhibited a fidelity that never faltered, and a friendship that never fawned or betrayed, and numerous friends over a widely extended circle will feel a loss not easily replaced. The writer of this faint tribute is not given to man-worship, or familiar with the language of panegyric; while he yields to none in admiration and reverence for the daily graces and manly virtues of an unselfish life whenever seen, and none who were intimate with the subject of this sketch will dissent from the statement that to him can be properly applied the old poetic tribute to a man of solid integrity and numerous virtues: "None knew him but to love him, None named him but to praise."