Merchant, Patriot, Statesman
For his industry and generosity
he will be long remembered
Catherine, his wife.
Also? She bore seven children,
one of them not quite right:
he had to be tethered to a staircase rail
so he didn’t harm himself.
Also she bled a lot,
slipping silently off while birthing
that eighth bloody babe born dead.
Mr. Harleck was just that touch
too industrious with her.
She was thirty.