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[188] she thinks more favorably of me than she did of old. Indeed, I have thought that she now entertains some hope that I shall eventually not be found wanting.1

The students attend all the exercises promptly and constantly, and seem to take an unabated interest in their studies, studying the cases referred to in the marginal notes. I endeavor to stimulate them as much as possible, and flatter myself that I have at least kept the old breath in the body, if I have not succeeded in breathing into it any new afflatus. We shall all welcome you back; and we have long ago said—

Ducite ab urbe domum, mea carmina, ducite Daphnim.

Virgil. Eel. VIII. 68.

But do not hasten from Litchfield, and remember me to your daughter, who, I hope, is well.

Codification is at a stand-still. Nothing has been said about it yet, though there is a prevailing impression that it will pass, at least so far as the criminal law is concerned. The Legislature have not yet plunged into mischief, though they are floundering on. I have come to the end of my paper and of my thoughts, and must hasten to take the ‘hourly’ (on the outside) for Cambridge.

Ever yours affectionately,

C. S.

To Rev. Dr. John G. Palfrey.

Dane Law College, Feb. 3, 1837.
my dear Sir,—. . . I have lately received from Dr. Lieber the Mss. of his German Grammar, which he is desirous that you should examine before it is offered to any bookseller. I enclose the letter, which explains its nature and his desires.

And now let me excuse myself from a failure of contract on my part touching a certain article.2 The absence of Judge Story and Mr. Greenleaf has actually swamped the whole of the last month so far as I am concerned. Daily lectures and moot-courts and the calls of business and correspondence have absorbed every minute of my time, taking me to Cambridge every day, and again taking me back to the city. To one, however, who grapples with such a variety of labor as yourself, I feel that my excuse is very slender; but I most freely confess my humiliation at thus finding myself a debtor. Mr. Greenleaf's return in a few days will leave me a freer man; and I shall at once proceed to make a dividend on the various outstanding claims against me.

Very truly yours,

1 A reference to banter concerning matrimony.

2 Ante, p. 174.

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