life, and never repined at its hardships.
He had an ear and voice for music, and delighted in hunting-songs and marches rather than in psalmody.
He enjoyed books, we are told, such as military dictionaries, State constitutions, Shakspeare, Don Quixote, and Smith's Wealth of Nations.
One or more of these were the companions of his travels, and all of them he owned.
Two relics of his handwriting remain,— copies of lines of poetry, one from Home's Douglass, and the other, Othello's apologyf securities of the United States and of the State of Georgia, which had risen in value with the adoption of the National Constitution.
The most interesting items of the inventory were a Shakspeare in eight volumes, Smith's Wealth of Nations, Don Quixote, Junius, Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Boswell's Tour, Anecdotes of Dr. Johnson, and a History of England.
Among other books left by him was Lord Chesterfield's Letters to his Son.
His traits of character appear quite clearly in h
e of genuine inspiration in American poetry prior to the period which gave to it Bryant, Longfellow, Whittier, Holmes, and Lowell.
Leaving college, young Sumner accepted the place of an assistant in the Billerica Academy, of which his former teacher, Mr. Pemberton, had become the principal.
While here he received a playful letter from his classmate, Leonard Woods, then at Cambridge, who had been enlivening his theological studies, which he had pursued at Princeton, with the reading of Don Quixote, Cecilia, and other novels; Shakspeare, Ossian, Pope, and the Spectator; and admiring Belfield in Cecilia, and the character of Sancho, Esq. Remaining at Billerica but a short time, he obtained, through the influence of Rev. Dr. Freeman and Colonel Samuel Swan, of Dorchester, a place as assistant in the private school of Rev. Henry Ware at Hingham, on a salary of £ 150, with special reference to the instruction of two lads, one of whom was John Codman, afterwards the pastor of the second