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[118] a scholarship. He was very faithful in his studies, trusting less to memory than to a clear insight into principles. In deportment he was perfect, gaining the respect of all his instructors. He was very fond of literary societies, and was a leader in all of those with which he was connected. He was especially fond of speaking in debate, and was a very formidable opponent in an argument. This was only the unfolding of a desire and purpose entertained for years to devote himself to the study and practice of the law. He was a natural orator, and spoke with elegance, calmness, and deep impressiveness. His elocution was rich, full, and clear, and brought him one of the Boylston prizes. His pieces for declamation were generally chosen from the great parliamentary and forensic speakers, Burke and Webster being his favorites. In his oratory he prevailed as much by his face and figure as by his voice and gesture. He had a bright, flashing eye, and a commanding presence, a form full of dignity, and a face full of truth. He was chosen Class Orator, and embodied in a production of great simplicity and earnestness the best feelings and hopes of the Class. What shall I say more, except that among his classmates he was universally loved and respected? He never stooped to gain popularity, but stood upon his own merits, and leaned only upon his own self-respect. As I look back upon his character and life, its best quality seems to me to have been a noble ambition. He was poorly satisfied with any attainment, and was always pressing on to something higher and better. This quality would have assured his advancement among his fellow-men, while his conscientiousness and high character would have secured their devotion and esteem.

It seems to me that this simple statement better befits Tom's character than the loftiest eulogy. You will please accept it from his college chum.

These concise but suggestive sentences leave hardly a word more to be said of four years full of enjoyment and marked progress. The allusion to the slight stress Thomas Jaid on any success he had already gained, points to a trait in his character which relieved it of all boastfulness, egotism, and self-conceit. He did not believe in genius and natural abilities as substitutes for persevering diligence. A few sentences in his Class Oration expressed the decision of his clear good sense and described his own deliberately chosen methods and purposes:—

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