and was in the habit of testing the knowledge of his favorite pupils by close scrutiny and criticism.
This was a healthy discipline for one of Sumner's tastes and habits of study, and he profited much by it.
Professor Ashmun was succeeded, in July, by Simon Greenleaf,
1783-1853; practised law in Maine, 1806-1833; professor at Cambridge, 1833-1848. the author of the treatise on The Law of Evidence; the vacancy being filled during the intervening period by James C. Alvord, of Greenfield, ane dread his ultima dies. Most persons, I believe, have a vague fear of racking pains and torments that attend dissolution; but these are creatures of the brain.
A successor has been appointed to Mr. Ashmun, who will commence his duties here in July, or next September.
You have seen him announced in the papers,—Mr. Greenleaf, of Maine; a fine man, learned lawyer, good scholar, ardent student, of high professional character, taking a great interest in his profession: add to this, a gentleman,