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our candid temper, and the terms on which we have been long conversant with each other, encourage the belief that you will suffer me for once to address you with great plainness.
The sentiments of friendship I have so long cherished towards you; the high respect I entertain for your character and talents; the extensive influence which I foresee you are to have in the community; and, more than these, the immortality to which we both are destined,—all forbid me to be silent.
Cambridge, Jan. 12, 1833.
my dear friend,—I have received and am grateful for your letter.
The interest you manifest in my welfare calls for my warmest acknowledgments.
I do not know how I can better show myself worthy of your kindness than with all frankness and plainness to expose to you, in a few words, the state of my mind on the important subject upon which you addressed me.
The last time I saw you, you urged upon me the study of the proofs of Christianity, with an earnestness that flowed, I was co
nothing is so like yourself as to stay to please your friend [Judge Story],— and such a friend!
I most earnestly congratulate you on having gained the confidence, esteem, and friendship of that truly great man. It will fix your life's direction, and I would not have you forego the advantages which that situation and that intercourse will secure to you for my pleasure or gratification.
You will find your employment probably in the science of the law, and will escape its drudgery.
In March, 1833, a temperance society was formed in the college, which included members of the professional schools, as well as undergraduates.
It was a period of special interest in this reform.
The pledge of this society admitted the use of wines, excluding only that of spirituous liquors, and was binding only during the signer's connection with the college.
The meeting for organization was held in a room in University Hall, which was used for commons.
The first meeting was held March 6, and the