at length yielded.
Other classmates do not recall the incident; but Dr. Emery
is corroborated by a memorandum on Sumner
's college-bill for the first term of his Junior year, —‘admonition for illegal dress.’
He, however, in general conformed gracefully to the college regime
, and rarely encountered the criticism of the administration.
He was regular in attendance on recitations; and during his first year he was observant of the rule which required the students to be present at daily worship in the chapel, though afterwards somewhat negligent in this respect.
His college bills did not exceed the average bills of his class.
Including instruction, board in commons, rent and care of room, fuel, use of class-books, and other fees, they amounted for the four years to less than eight hundred dollars, which is now quite a moderate expenditure for a single year.
These were carefully filed at the time, and preserved by him.
In his Sophomore year (May 13, 1828), eighteen members of the class received deturs
; but his name is not among them.
At the Junior exhibition
(April 28, 1829), Frost
, and Sumner
were assigned parts in a Greek dialogue, respectively as mathematician, linguist, and orator.
was reluctant to take his-part, but yielded to the entreaty of his father, who was anxious that he should have the good opinion of Mr. Quincy
, recently elected President
of the College
dialogues are ordinarily mere spectacles on such occasions; the language unintelligible to most of the audience, and the thought little regarded by those who sustain the characters: and this one was no exception to the rule.
, in maintaining the superior claims of the orator, was unconsciously somewhat prophetic of his future.
His English translation of the dialogue gives the following as the reply with which he concluded: ‘You may both despise my profession, but I will yet pursue it. Demosthenes
, examples of former days, will be like stars to point out the pathway to glory; and their glory will always be the object of my desire.’
At the Senior exhibition
(May 4, 1830), Bryant
, and Sumner
had parts in a conference; namely, ‘A Comparative Estimate of Alexander
, and Bonaparte
as Statesmen and Warriors.’
's part is well written and spirited.
While admitting the selfish ambition of the French
emperor, and his subversion of the liberties of his country, he