Memories of Yale Life and Men, 1845-1899
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... was but forty-four; and Dr. Woolsey, in his turn, was forty-five. Dr. Porter was different in his mental gifts and in his characteristics from Dr. Woolsey. He was, however, an intimate friend of the latter, and he had during the entire course of the Iatter's administration co-operated with him as a college officer, and had stood in the closest relations to him as an instructor of the Senior class. His executive ability, as I think, did not equal that of Dr. Woolsey, whose gifts in this respect were, indeed, quite remarkable. On account of this fact, he did not, at all times, hold himself in readiness, as completely as his predecessor had done, to assume the authority of a governing official. He was accordingly not so strong as a leader, and not so efficient a helper in matters which required instant energy and a general's activity. There was, if I may so express it, somewhat less of the for titer in re element in his manhood, and somewhat more of the suaviter in modo element. The mingling of these elements in different measures may have been the cause of this distinction between the two men. Dr. Woolsey, as we may say, was a ruler by his very nature, while Dr. Porter was not. Dr. Porter had, however, some of the characteristics which eminently qualify a man to guide and influence a company of educated youth, such as we find assembled in a college. Not only was he in his bearing and manner winsome and attractive to all, but he possessed in an unusual degree that peculiar kind of intelligence which belongs to New England and which appreciates and has a readiness to adapt itself to the conditions and circumstances of life as they present themselves. He was free from the fears which beset and disturb many college officers in their governmental or disciplinary d...
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