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A student of history.

To the end of his life he was a student of history bearing upon his profession. During the past few months I found him reading memoirs of Tamerlane (Timour the Tarter), of which he read me nine striking pages, as on another day he read me, with great feeling, ‘Thiers' narrative of the last days of Napoleon at St. Helena.’

And the very last day I saw him—the last on which he left his chamber—I found him with Du Guesclin open before him.


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