When King Solomon had finished the temple, he set apart a day for its consecration. All the great dignitaries of the Kingdom were invited to the ceremony, together with the architect, the surveyor, the chief mason, the chief carpenter, and others who had been engaged in planning and directing the work. . . . As the King moved toward the seat prepared for him, to the amazement of all, a stalwart smith was seen sitting on the right-hand nearest the throne, hammer in hand, . . . A movement was made to remove the bold intruder. "Hold." cried the King, and thus he spake too the smith: "Friend, why are thou here filling a place intended for thy betters." "Mighty King," replied the smith, "I own no superior here except your Royal Majesty; and I fill this place as by right it is mine, as I will presently show. Your majesty has invited here this day the chief architect, the surveyor, the chief mason, the chief carpenter, and many others, but hath overlooked the so-thought humble smith, to whom all these who have been honored with a place at this ceremony are indebted. Without the instruments that I had prepared for them, could the architect make his plans, the surveyor his lines, the mason carve his stone, or the carpenters fashion his wood. . . ." Solomon mused for a moment and then said: "Friend, thou speakest but too truly. Much is, indeed, due to thee: thou should'st not have been neglected; . . . " [P. 10.]
Catalogue of Pictures, Statuary, and Bronzes in the Gallery of Joseph Harrison, Jr., Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. 1870.