A diffidence, perhaps too just, in my own qualifications will teach me to look with reverence to the examples of public virtue left by my illustrious predecessors, and with veneration to the lights that flow from the mind that founded and the mind that reformed our system. Your fond son, Stephen How far away they were! There was cold sunlight outside the window. The old trees, the thick shrubbery, made a great and pleasant shade, but it was all suffused with the brightness of the hot, still hour. It would be nice to lie on the hearthrug before the fire, leaning his head upon his hands, and think on those sentences.