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AN ASSOCIATION OF GENTLEMEN.
FOR THE YEAR
NEW SERIES. VOL. II.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY DURRIE, PECK, & CO,
PUBLISHED ALSO BY JOHN P. HAVEN, NEW-YORK.
1828 CHRISTIAN SPECTATOR.
MEMOIR OF SAMUEL HOOKER
He used to say he never knew a COWLES.
very strong man prone to take ad
vantage of his strength in the way SAMUEL H COWLES was a na- of resenting injuries--a sentiment tive of Farmington, Connecticut, he derived from his own feelings and was the youngest son of Isaac perhaps, more than from observa. and Lucina Cowles. He was born tion. March 5th, 1798, and died Feb. 1st, He early discovered a taste for 1827, being in his twenty-ninth reading. The books that pleased year.
him most were those that narrated His early life is not reproached deeds of heroism, and exigences of by any gross vice : on the contra- danger overcome by fortitude and ry he maintained uniformly a cbar- uncommon effort of body or mind. acter which the world calls fair. His youthful ardour kindled at such Nature having given him one of the exploits, and we have been amused best constitutions, a large and mus- to hear him tell how, after reading cular frame, he felt the conscious- the story of Valentine and Orson, ness of superior energy, and was he would lay aside the book and early and always distinguished for act with no small vehemence the excellence in every athletic exer- part of the fabled wildman. cise. We might relate feats of His early taste for reading first strength and agility in gymnastic inspired within him the desire of exercises, that usually placed him a public education, but he did not at the head of all competitors. look very seriously at the object, Bat we are checked by the fear until, becoming vexed with the frethat this very pre-eminence often quent occurrence of Latin and led him to indiscreet exertion, to Greek quotations, he determined the injury of his constitution. At to learn those languages, and go to the same time we cannot but re. College. It was late when he bemark the delight he took in strong gan to prepare, probably because and active exercise. Paley has neither he nor his friends had any said that to him, one of the strong- very definite designs about his füest arguments for the goodness of ture course.
It was in the autumn the Deity drawn from the works of of 1817 that he entered Yale Colnature, is the pleasure young chil- lege, where he immediately took a dren and young animals feel, in a high standing in his class, and maingratuitous exercise of their limbs. tained it with little variation Cowles seemed full of this sort of throughout. Unhappily he discovhappiness. And though conscious ered more genius than application, of strength, he had always too much and we must attribute to the native generosity and principle to lend it strength and quickness of his mind as an instrument to his passions. more than to his industry, the standVol. II.-No. I.