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The feelings with which he was regarded by his classmates will be best understood from their own testimony. Says one:—

The strength and clear integrity of his character were as remarkable abroad as at home. He was thoroughly tested, and I say with deliberation, what his college friends rejoice to declare their individual opinion, that Goodwin was the most perfect young man we ever knew. . . . . In our college days we frequently remarked the appropriateness of his nickname, “Good.”

Goodwin's room-mate during three years of his college life, with whom he had a brother's intimacy, writes of him:

July 27, 1864.

Of all men whom we have ever known, Goodwin was most prepared to die. His mind was as pure as a woman's, and no mean or ignoble thought was ever harbored there. I roomed with him for three years, and saw in him every circumstance of that life, and never knew him to do even an ungenerous act. His equal I have never met; I mean, I never knew a man who combined such apparently opposed qualities,—a wild and splendid bravery with modesty and womanly purity; an earnest faith and strong religious convictions with genial habits; strong passions with perfect mastery over them. Many men do their duty as a duty, but a few do their duty as their life, and these alone touch our hearts. Such a man was Goodwin; he never preached to men, but lived an incarnate lesson of purity, strength, and nobility. It is a noble thing to have known a man whom you can praise without reservation, and who will live in your memory as an incarnate spirit of truth, faith, and manhood.

As I think of my old college associations with him, his daily acts and words come back to me. I remember his moral courage and his physical bravery in the Freshman year. I remember his joining the church, and saying it was the duty of every one to take a stand. In our Senior year, I remember Goodwin's saying one day, “ We have read of knights and chevaliers, who rode through the world fighting for the right, and helping the sick and weak; but it seems to me, that now, if ever, is a time for noble adventure and chivalrous deeds.” Again, I remember his saying, “ It seems to me that, though one man cannot perhaps do much by himself, yet it is his duty to do his best, and by joining some great and noble movement ”


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