refused to bargain, which was a totally new concept to the people of this era.
The opening of the store coincided with the anniversary of his father's death, and that evening Adam lit the Yahrzeit candle and offered prayers in memory of his father. How he wished for someone to share with him in the memorial p'rayers! Adam refused to dwell in self-pity, however, and reminded himself that he could always pray within his heart. The custom of lighting a candle in memory of a deceased one is associated with immortality as discussed in Proverbs 20:27, "The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord..." Following the prayers for his father, Adam bowed his head again and prayed a prayer of Thanksgiving for his store.
Adam often attended the services of the Old Cathedral and the First Methodist Church. He compared his life to the people of the Old Testament who had followed the Nile, the Jordan and the Red Sea; he had followed the Mississippi, the Ohio and the Wabash.9
The Right Reverend James M. Maurice deLong de St. Palais, Bishop of Vincennes, shared his deep concern for the mistreatment of the Indians in their forced move to the West, and he asked Adam on behalf of the church to secure a large quanitity of heavy fabric for use in providing warm clothing for them. Adam left the store in charge of his young clerk and went on his mission of mercy for the Bishop to Philadelphia.
While there, he also purchased additional items for the Palace from a Mr. Kahnweiler, who invited him home to share in