unfit for a sedentary life; and his taste leading him otherwise, it was without regret on his own account that he relinquished his studies, though it pained him to disappoint his friends.
In the following letter, after speaking of the uncertainty from which he had suffered before deciding, he says:—
I gave up the study of the law last week, and have returned the ponderous volumes to the library at Cambridge, and have settled with the steward.
I have been studying hard at Kent and Greenleaf ever since I left you, and making myself generally miserable thereby.
I have not the health for such study, if I had the taste, which is also wanting.
As you may guess, I have taken to farming.
The last two weeks have been spent in looking for a farm near Boston.
I have not yet fully decided on the spot; and to-morrow I have a farm to visit in Weston and one in Concord, but the situation I like best of those I have seep is one on the Blue Hill.
The spot at length selected was in As