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[244] again Saturday, instead of walking home from Cambridge, as I was doing a year ago.


March, 1861.

Now what is there for me to think of, when I see the signs of spring, but that I shall soon be at home again? and how often do I consult the almanac, and calculate the months, weeks, and days! May hath thirty-one days, and April thirty, and in sixty-one days I shall be in the happy month of the year; for in that month, though the day and hour are not yet known, I with a light heart shall cross the river for the return trip. You who have considered it hard to be ten or twenty miles from home, can have no idea of being as many hundreds, and to be out of the land of familiar sights and faces. I am interested in my work, and find little time to think of anything but that, save when an occasional thought creeps in of home and you all.


April, 1861.

We are overflowing with excitement here, for we have just received news of the fall of Fort Sumter. I could almost cry over it. We may look for war now immediately, and probably before you read this things will reach a decided form. Our whole village has been at boiling point all this beautiful Sunday. Crowds at every corner; and in this Western world, where we are somewhat primitive, the feeling is deep: and woe to the man who in these times broaches Secession doctrines! A sturdy Republican is sure to step up and lay him sprawling. I wish I could be in Boston now, for I expect great things of the dear old city. I am sorry enough for war, but I believe we shall have it; and had I the power, I would carry the thing to the bitter end. It is a dreadful thing; but I say, Let it come; for if we live through it, we shall have a stronger government, and possibly a country washed of slavery.


In his new career of action he neither forgot nor was forgotten by his college friends. They still remember (in the felicitous words of a classmate) ‘his genial and neverfailing humor, his quick and grasping intellect, his ready decision, and his modest but firm independence of thought and action, which all combined to form a character of unusual strength and beauty, winning alike love and respect.’

He returned in June to graduate with his Class. Many of them were about to enter the army, and he desired above all things to be one of these. His mind was filled with the

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