Your chance at Cambridge, had I your fitness for the place, would tempt me more than a tour to Washington, which has so kindled your imagination. . . . As to your despondency, or whatever other name you please to give it, take exercise!—exercise!—exercise!—and it will vanish like the morning dew.
Henry W. Paine
, having left the Law School, wrote from Winslow, Me.
, March 12, 1833:—
There is not one among my friends in whom I feel a more lively interest, whose prosperity would more essentially contribute to my happiness.
Be careful of your health, my friend, and the day is not distant when I shall have the proud satisfaction of saying that Sumner was once my classmate.
Again, on May 25:—
Since my last, you have been called to mourn the departure of poor Ashmun.
Indeed, we all mourned the event; but you must have felt it more sensibly than the rest of us, situated so near him as you were, and so intimate with him as you had been for the past two years. You were present, too, at the last solemn scene, performing those acts of kindness which you must now reflect upon with satisfaction. . . . If you could realize what a treat is one of your letters, you have too much of the milk of human kindness to withhold the favor.
I seem to see in them once more Old Harvard, and to be seated again in the librarian's room of Dane Law College.
But you are soon to leave, and thus the strongest chain that binds me to the “ sacred ” spot is to be severed.
I have always supposed that the place of your ultimate destination was certain.
Surely you cannot hesitate.
You were made for Boston.
There your talents and attainments will be appreciated, and cannot fail of securing you that reputation which all who know you would rejoice to see you attain.
But, as you have been so incessant in your application, I am sincerely concerned for your health; and, if my poor advice could avail, you would spend your coming vacation in journeying.
Come “down East.”
Dismiss your books and the toils of study.
You may think this “interested advice;” and in part it is, though not wholly so. I feel it would be beneficial to you. It would be a joyous event to me.
wrote from Lowell
, July 13:—
Dear Charles,—I regret to learn that you are to stay yet a term further at Cambridge, for I had calculated on your coming here this fall.
Yet nothing is so like yourself as to stay to please your friend [Judge Story],— and such a friend!
I most earnestly congratulate you on having gained the confidence, esteem, and friendship of that truly great man. It will fix your life's direction, and I would not have you forego the advantages which that situation and that intercourse will secure to you for my pleasure or gratification.
You will find your employment probably in the science of the law, and will escape its drudgery.