nd how great a social stumbling-block was the youth's early diffidence.
Improvement soon began, as the next year he wrote,—--
Went at 9 P. M. to a party.
Had a decent time.
The following extracts are taken from his freshman journal, showing what an intimate relation existed in those simple days between President and student:—
President Quincy was present at our Livy recitation.
Lucky. I never recited better.—President Q. was present at our recitation in Herodotus.
Got along decently.—Went to President to get my marks.
He wants me to behave well, so he says at least.—Deaded in Geometry for the first time. —Cut both recitations for amusement.
Spent some time in the library [a favorite place of refuge].
On his fourteenth birthday, December 22, 1837, he found that he was the youngest undergraduate.
Two months later his journal records some of the lively scenes then witnessed at prayer-time:—
Many of the class having become slightl