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where every traveller just throws ceremonious civility and passes on.
down his toll of We had begun
to feel so harmonious and united, that it was provoking to have our circle broken by the loss of any of its parts. It was like taking a keystone from an arch, which has been nicely adjusted and cemented, and introducing another, that it is ten chances to one can never be made to suit the place. However, we go on very smoothly as yet, and I am glad to find that -will be
the firm advocate of vigorous measures."*
In a letter which I lately received from the Rev. Dr. Nichols, he says:
"My recollections and impressions concerning Mr. Frisbie, as a member of that social circle in which you first met him at Cambridge, are similar, I am persuaded, to your own. I deem it a great privilege to have been so long in the society of one, who possessed such resources for the entertainment and instruction of his friends in the native fertility of his mind. He was usually ready for all subjects; if not in every instance with a thorough knowledge of them, yet with great acuteness and strength of mind, and with that habitual good sense and freedom from sophistry, without which I apprehend that it were hardly possible that intelligent men should
* As an officer of the College government.
be long gratified with the mere display of intellectual powers. It were difficult to say too much of his talents in conversation, especially his habitual clearness, fluency and elegance of expression."
During the period of which I have been speaking, Mr. Frisbie wrote the following lines in the form of an epitaph upon himself. They have never been published; but were circulated among his friends, who thought them a spirited and amusing, though very extravagant caricature. The Postscript was written by him in the character of his friend, Professor Farrar.
Here lies an odd fellow as ever was seen,
The affairs of the state, he'd decide out of hand :
He would doubt and consider, consider and doubt;
Now polite as a lord, now uncouth as a bear;
Now his compliments flew, very fine and well hit,
Then for hours he did nothing but scowl and take snuff.
Now he talked you to death, with high spirits half mad; Then mute as a fish, he sat moping and sad;
If sitting it might be, for still at the best,
He would sprawl himself out over three chairs at least.
Then to crown all his folly, and let the world know it,
Conundrums and ditties he jingled in rhyme;
And when love fired his muse, he was quite the sublime.
Yet, it being so soft, very slight was the pain,
In short, Sir, his fancy was folly disjointed;
His feeling, mere gloom, grown from pride disappointed; His talk through extravagance loomed into sense,
As an ant seems an elephant, seen through a lens.
You have heard he was frank; no mistake can be greater; He had something of impudence mixed with ill-nature.
He made for his friends so much trouble while here,
I'm afraid now he's gone, they will scarce shed a tear.
But 'tis possible still, that there yet may be one,
But what sprung from caprice, was oft set down to spite.
His spirits amused, and to give him his due,
When we laughed at his follies, he laughed at them too.
As to fancy, I'm certain of that he'd enough,
Though he grieved me much here, still I wish him here yet,
From 1805 to 1811, Mr. Frisbie discharged the duties of Latin tutor. He was then appointed Professor of the Latin language; his duties, however, continuing nearly the same. The latter office he retained till 1817.
As an officer of the college, he habitually felt the importance of strict and steady discipline, as essential to its respectability and usefulness. At our colleges, a large number of young men are brought together at the most hazardous period of life. They are trusted very much to themselves, at a time when the habits are unformed; and when the passions, "the glory and disgrace of youth," are putting forth their strength, and most need direction and control. They have just been released from the restraints of a school, and the immediate personal superintendence of parents and masters. A great pressure has been taken off, and the operation of new and strong motives must be brought to bear upon the mind in order to supply its place. They are commonly at an age, when