For this mortal must put on immortality.
To the Memory
Who died at sea, October 31, 1834,
aged 27 years.
By his commercial friends and associates
As a memorial of their
And respect for his elevated, moral and religious
He sleeps beneath the blue lone sea,
He lies where pearls lie deep
He was the loved of all, yet none
O’er his low bed may weep.
Like many symbols found in gravestone art, the butterfly has more than one meaning. The butterfly emerging out of the chrysalis represents the flight of the soul from the body. The metamorphosis of the butterfly, the change from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly, also represents the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.