chose the law. He made the choice without enthusiasm; but, when once made, he formed a plan of severe and comprehensive study, which he pursued with patience and enthusiasm.
The question of a profession being determined, he was vexed with no hesitation as to the place where he should prepare himself for its duties, but was drawn irresistibly to Cambridge
, where he had passed four happy years.
This year at home, intervening between College and Law School, Sumner
himself did not, at its close, regard as profitably spent.
It began with the study of mathematics, which does not seem to have been kept up more than five months. He read much, but in a desultory way. What he wrote was wanting in careful reflection and finish of style.
His mind, as he saw the year in retrospect, had been prematurely agitated with political strifes which were not likely to be of permanent interest.
Manhood had now come with its work and duties, and he entered upon it in a serious and resolute spirit.
Letters to classmates.