person not present.
I know no one with more liberality in judging other's actions, or more sympathy with the feelings and sufferings of others, or a more prompt and indulgent appreciation of the temptation under which a wrong or mean action might have been committed, than Patten.
Nevertheless, he was wonderfully firm in sticking to his own opinions and practices, and settled in his convictions.
College days being over, and his Commencement speech pronounced, Patten
turned to the law. It was the summer of 1858.
A twelvemonth earlier, in vacation, he had written from Kingston
to a friend:—
My brother, though not a lawyer exactly, is the “squire,” and has an office in which are several law books, a dozen or so, into which I now and then peep.
I think you and I will never repent our choice of a profession.
I never have seen a sensible fellow yet who, having studied law, did not think it the best of pursuits.
But the omnipresent question of finances again came up, and the result was a year's devotion to teaching, with the view of accumulating money enough to carry him through a year of law study.
It need hardly be added that this plan took three years for its accomplishment, instead of one.
After many disappointments in seeking a place, he became a tutor in the Free Academy at Utica, New York
There he kept up a correspondence with some old friends, and sighed to be in Cambridge
, ‘studying law and reading Plautus
His year at Utica
obtained a situation as private tutor, through the aid of President Walker
of Harvard University, who had always been his friend.
His pupil, George Appleton
, a youth of eighteen, was a grandson of William Appleton
, and son (by a former marriage) of Mrs. Arnold
, herself a daughter of George W. Lyman
Her residence was at Montgomery, Georgia
, twelve miles from Savannah
, on the beautiful Vernon River
went for a year, in the autumn of 1859.
He passed much leisure time in shooting the abundant small game, his pupil being extremely fond of field sports.
For a while the genial tutor also was quite enamored of this pursuit (though he got surfeited in due