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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 8: early professional life.—September, 1834, to December, 1837.—Age, 23-26. (search)
e exercises promptly and constantly, and seem to take an unabated interest in their studies, studying the cases referred to in the marginal notes. I endeavor to stimulate them as much as possible, and flatter myself that I have at least kept the old breath in the body, if I have not succeeded in breathing into it any new afflatus. We shall all welcome you back; and we have long ago said— Ducite ab urbe domum, mea carmina, ducite Daphnim. Virgil. Eel. VIII. 68. But do not hasten from Litchfield, and remember me to your daughter, who, I hope, is well. Codification is at a stand-still. Nothing has been said about it yet, though there is a prevailing impression that it will pass, at least so far as the criminal law is concerned. The Legislature have not yet plunged into mischief, though they are floundering on. I have come to the end of my paper and of my thoughts, and must hasten to take the hourly (on the outside) for Cambridge. Ever yours affectionately, C. S. To Rev. D