his address was pleasing, his words select and forcible, his utterances direct and frank.
He had no reservations.
There was no worse thing left in his mind to be said after the hearer's back was turned.
Sometimes his emphatic style of assent or dissent was unpleasantly brusque: but his vivacity and vigor, and the general bonhomie of his bearing, made him an excellent conversationalist and an agreeable companion.
He was an active member, in successive years, of the Anonyma, Institute of 1770, Psi Upsilon, and Hasty Pudding Club, and of a much-prized private club.
As he possessed a fine oratorical delivery, and a ringing and melodious voice, he became an effective as well as fluent debater.
He was, too, an unusually good writer, as his college dissertations, exhibition parts, and his exceedingly entertaining letters attest.
If among his many noble traits frankness be pronounced the most striking, his generosity held at least the second place.
He was generous to a fault, spen
quite amicably the next day. Several of the Sophs and Seniors, who were both opposed to us, came over to our side that same evening, and congratulated us upon having beaten them, because it was such an unusual thing.
Now we play football every evening, but all the classes mix up, and there is little or no fighting.
There will be no boat-clubs until the spring.
October 1, 1857.
I don't remember if I ever told you anything about the Institute, a debating-society which was started in 1770, and is handed down to every Sophomore Class.
There is a meeting every Saturday.
First, the Secretary's report of the former meeting is read, then there is a lecture, and then a paper of anonymous contributions is read, and then there is a debate.
There are always four debaters, two on each side.
Some of these meetings are very interesting, and some are decidedly slow.
But what I wanted to come to is to say, that they have put me up for a lecture two weeks from to-day.
I thought it woul
ave been a regular attendant upon recitations, never having lost a day from sickness or other cause.
I have been a member of the Rumford Society, the Institute of 1770, the Temperance Society, and the *f *b *k. I may also mention, that in the Exhibition which took place October 18, 1859, I deliverd a Latin version from a speech ohe study of Latin and Greek under the tuition of C. C. Burnett.
In September, 1857, I was admitted into Harvard College.
I have been a member of the Institute of 1770, and of the O. K. Where I shall go, or what I shall do, immediately after leaving college, is quite uncertain.
Pardon Almy was the second of the Class to die,—ugh I cannot say I deserve my fortune, I have had neither private, public, nor parietal admonition.
I have been a member of the Oneida Boat-Club, the Institute of 1770, the Hasty-Pudding Club, and two secret societies.
I am also a member of the College choir. . . . . Expect to study law, although there is a chance of my entering
e confidence by a manly and courteous deportment.
He had, too, the love and respect of all his fellow-students.
His classmates testify that he left behind him the impression of joyousness and purity, with great facility in debate and an especial taste for all the social exercises of the Academy.
In College (which he entered in 1859), the same tastes and associations remained; he took great interest in the literary societies.
He was once unanimously elected President of the Institute of 1770,—though he declined the post, —and once delivered its annual poem.
The following extract will show the earnest spirit of this composition:—
For I believe that each with zeal May build a broad and solid way, To summits which his hopes reveal, By the endeavor of to-day. Would I might show in proper light How much there is that ought to woo Our minds to truth, our hearts to right, In these fair scenes we travel through.
In College he was a faithful though not a brilliant student.