I. pp. 133-148; The Jurist, Works, Vol.
I. pp. 258-272.
Sumner, during the early part of his course at the Law School, occupied room Number 10 Divinity Hall, the most retired of the college buildings, and took his meals in commons.
Afterwards, he became librarian of the school, and, as one of the privileges of his office, occupied as a dormitory room Number 4 Dane Hall, from the time that building was opened for use in Oct., 1832.
When Dane Hall was removed a few feet, in 1871, to its present site, its portico and columns were taken down and an enclosed brick porch substituted.
The Law School then numbered forty students,
It now numbers one hundred and eighty-seven. and was divided into three classes,—the Senior, Middle, and Junior.
There were three terms a year, corresponding to the college terms; and the instruction was given, prior to the erection of Dane Hall, in College House, Number 1, nearly opposite to its present site.
Of the law-students, Sumner
the Agricola of Tacitus: Per intervalla ac spiramenta temporum.
It was written in a fortnight, without interfering with his regular studies, and covered fifty pages.
Some of its quotations may be traced in his orations.
The early part is elaborate, but the latter hurriedly written.
Much space is taken with a review of the condition of Europe in the Dark Ages, and of the agencies which promoted modern civilization,—a line of thought probably suggested by his recent reading of Hallam's Middle Ages.
This progressive development, he maintained, shows that the improvement of society is effected by gradual reforms, often unobserved, rather than by revolutions.
The former are always to be encouraged; the latter become necessary when society has outgrown its institutions, and peaceful changes are resisted by the governing power.
The dissertation bears the marks of haste in composition, and is marred by digressions and wanting in compactness.
President Quincy wrote him a note, reque