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One Gravestone, Two Epitaphs

Found on an ornate grave in Holly Springs, Mississippi*:

William Henry Coxe
Born: Jan 1, 1824
Died: Sep 30, 1865

Generous and confiding in his disposition: Sincere and ardent in his feelings, he was a devoted husband, father and brother: An unfaltering friend: A kind and indulgent master. Loved most by those who knew him best. He died without an enemy, and his untimely grave was moistened by many a tear.

Mathew James Coxe
Born: Nov 27, 1819
Died: Nov 7, 1886

Modest and retiring in his manner. Only those who knew him best could appreciate his superior mental aullure and literary attainments. Always the model gentleman and true Christian. He gave cause of offense to none. His companionship was genial, his friendship steadfast and without allay and his affection for his kindred fervent and tender.

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