m the position of steward of the college, the post now rechristened bursar, and one in which he did, as Dr. A. P. Peabody tells us, most of the duties of treasurer.
In that capacity he planted, as I have always been told, a large part of the trees in the college yard,--nobody in Cambridge ever says campus, --and had also the wisdom to hang a lamp over each entrance to the yard, although these lamps were soon extinguished by the economical college.
He was ardently interested in the early Unitarian division, then pending, in the Congregational body; organized the Harvard Divinity School,--not then, as now, undenominational; and seems to have been for some years a sort of lay bishop among the Unitarian parishes, distributing young ministers to vacant churches without fear or favor.
He liked to read theology, but was in no respect a scholar; indeed, Dr. Peabody says that, on receiving for the institution its first supply of Hebrew Bibles, my father went to the president, Dr. Kirkland,
ovels,--Kingsley's Two years ago, Winthrop's Cecil Dreeme, and my own Malbone, --as well as of actual events stranger than any novels.
He was the breaker, so report said, of many hearts, the disappointer of many high hopes,--and this in two continents; he was the most variously gifted and accomplished man I have ever known, acquiring knowledge as by magic,passing easily for a Frenchman in France, an Italian in Italy, a Spaniard in Spanish countries; beginning his career as a radical young Unitarian divine, and ending it as a defender of despotism.
He was also for a time a Roman Catholic, but died in the Church of England.
The turning-point of Hurlbert's life occurred, for me at least, when I met him once, to my great delight, at Centre Harbor, I being on my way to the White Mountains and he returning thence.
We had several hours together, and went out on the lake for a long chat.
He told me that he had decided to go to New York and enter the office of A. Oakey Hall, a lawyer a