social leader, Lowell
was perhaps the class favorite.
He wrote the songs for their convivial occasions, one of which, and certainly not the most dignified, has been preserved by Dr. Hale
in his “Recollections.”
He kept the rhymed records of the Hasty Pudding Club
, but in later life requested, quite to the disapproval of the immediate members, to be permitted to cut them out of the record book, which he did. Mr. F. B. Sanborn
, when he succeeded to the office of secretary of this club, read these “smooth and trivial verses,” as he calls them, “with avidity and some disappointment,” and thinks that Lowell
may perhaps have printed some of them in Harvardiana
. He was afterward chosen class poet, but was prevented from delivering his poem by being suspended from college at the very close of the senior year.
The explanation usually given of this makes it the result of negligence in college duties, and there may very probably have been a background of this description; but the immediate cause of it, as I well remember, was an unlucky performance of his in prayer-time, perhaps more severely construed by the faculty, but doubtless simply due to that