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March 21st, 1863. 

Published by the C 





I The following remarks of Profess 
series of Law Lectures fur the present year, having been unanimously 
requested by the class fur piiblieaiiou, were kindly furnished Ijy him. 
Beiti£ extempore, and prompted solely by the feelings and emotions of 
the hour, it is the wish of those who heard those words of counsel and 
farewell to publish Iheia. vr/mlim, as delivered.] 

I have now concluded nil that I have to offer you on the sub- 
jects allotted to nio. But I do not i'ocl that I can take leave of those 
with whose faces .[ have been familiar bo long, and with whom my 
intercourse has been very pleasant and satisfactory, without some 
words of parting esteem, and, if you please, of counsel. I do not 
propose to offer you advice now upon your conduct ; for, in common 
with my associates, I have recognized you always as men of sufficient 
age to govern your own conduct — of formed character, and standing 
on the same footing with ourselves. 

In performing my duties in this place I have seen and recog- 
nized you as associates in the same pursuit of a knowledge of the 
law, and have sought to aid you in following your studios with the 
feeling that we were engaged in a common work, and fellow laborers 
in the same honorable vocation. And as these times of separation 
come, and those with whom we are united go forth from among us to 
their own ways, they awake feelings I cannot attempt to express. I 
am uot sure that I can .make you comprehend in what way they 

But among our thoughts the ijut'slion will arise, To what end 
have we been spending this long period in M^i'diing outand studying