for college at Phillips Exeter Academy. ‘There,’ says the preceptor, ‘from the beginning to the end of his course, he was a pattern pupil.’ The following extract from his diary kept at this time shows the character of the boy:—--
December 31, 1846.-To-day is the last day of the old year; and, in commencing the new, I wish to lay out some rules in relation to myself, which I will try to observe. In the first place, I will exercise every morning after breakfast, until school time; and, after school, at night, until supper time. Secondly, I will study after dinner until school time; and I will go to my room after supper and busy myself in studying or in reading a useful book until bedtime. Thirdly, while in school, I will try to busy myself about my lessons; and, at any rate, behave in an orderly manner. And I will observe strictly these rules, except when it is right for me not to do so, that is, at such times as I may think it right, though I may err in that opinion. And may I also try to correct my defects of temper. May I watch every word that comes from my mouth; and may I let my yea be yea, and my nay be nay; and may I not merely write these things down and think no more of them, but may I always keep them in my mind, and remember them most of all when I am angry, as that is the time to control myself.At the end of two years, he was fitted for college; but not wishing to enter so early, he passed six months at the Private Military School of L. J. D. Kinsley at West Point, in order to secure the advantage of the military drill; while, at the same time, he continued his classical studies, and received instruction in French and mathematics. In May, 1849, preparatory to entering college, he returned to Exeter for a review of his studies. In the following July, he writes in his diary:—
On Monday, July 16th, I was examined for entrance to the Freshman class, and, after due trepidation and effort, on Tuesday, at about four P. M., I received my “admittatur,” overjoyed at finding it an unconditional one.He took high rank as a scholar, and maintained it throughout his college course. The following extract from his diary shows by what means he accomplished this result.
March, 1850.—. . . .I am somewhat of “a dig,” I suppose;