have liked, with a time of leisure, to enter the lecture field.
These topics afforded interesting subjects for conversation when he met with a congenial friend.
Many of these were drawn from history, but not all.
The range of his interests was wide, but, as those who knew him well need not be told, his chief interests, aside from his profession, were connected with the subjects of history and the public welfare.
His public spirit and keen insight into human needs were dominating features of his character.
He was interested in great public movements for the improvement of the race in all quarters and among all conditions of men. Characterized by sincerity of purpose and disinterestedness, he advocated measures from conviction, and always acted from principle, not for effect or for popularity.
He was a man of the highest integrity.
In connection with his devotion to historical matters, we ought to mention his fondness for looking over old records.
He rarely went on a vacation without choosing some place where there were records which he wished to consult, and a large part of a holiday was spent over them.
His love of genealogical research began early, and continued to the very end.
As a recreation, and for refreshment after the toils of the day, Mr. Elliot
found time for reading and keeping abreast of the times.
His literary menu was extensive, and besides history and biography, included travels, scientific researches, archaeological expeditions, a little fiction, and much poetry.
He loved to read poetry aloud.
Sometimes he would read a serious poem in comic fashion, to create a laugh.
‘The last time was on Thanksgiving night, when surrounded by his family.
He had been poorly all day. Just as he was about to retire for the night, he was urged to give a reading, some one saying “it would not seem like Thanksgiving without it.”
He turned back and read for an hour in his happiest vein, winding up with Grey
's “Elegy,” read in such an amusing way as quite to change its character, and leave every one laughing.
Two weeks later and he was gone, never to return.’