opportunity of thanking you in prose, as I have already done in verse, for the beautiful present you made me some two years ago. Perhaps some of you have forgotten it, but I have not; and I am afraid,—yes, I am afraid that fifty years hence, when you celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of this occasion, this day and all that belongs to it will have passed from your memory; for an English philosopher has said that the ideas as well as children of our youth often die before us, and our minds represent to us those tombs to which we are approaching, where, though the brass and marble remain, yet the inscriptions are effaced by time, and the imagery moulders away.
Again, upon his seventy-fifth birthday, there were great rejoicings in the Cambridge schools
, as indeed in those of many other cities far and wide.
Craigie House, his residence, has already been described.
In this stately old edifice dwelt the venerable poet, who was usually to be found in his ample study, rich with the accumulations of literary luxury.
One might find him seated with Coleridge
's inkstand before him, perhaps answering one of the vast accumulations of letters from the school children of Western cities —an enormous mass of correspondence, which