M. S. Griswold
[letterhead]#3.I think that for the time being, I never took more intense interest in any one study than I did those days in Botany. Every plant, even the humblest, seemed to me a thing of life and wonder. I was at the same time gretly interested in my Latin and Greek, catching as to those something of the enthusiasm of Prof. Butler who was my instructor in [illegible], and may I say that my interest in the ancient classics has never abated, but has of late [years?] grown upon me so that my hours in my home library with [illegible], Plato, H[illegible] or Livy, and also with the leading German, French and Italian authors are my recreation. The modern languages suggested above I have taken up and made myself [conversant?] with simply by application of my leisure hours since I settled here forty years ago. In my first years at the University I thought I might possibly someday become myself a teacher, either of the classics, or in some field of natural science. But that was not to be. The last year of my college life brought a change and I turned eventually to Law, and as it happens [thus?] I am here in my Law Office, after twenty years of service as a County Judge. While I was Judge I had civil jurisdiction and the legal problems that would often arise [illegible] gave me real pleasure in their investigation.02819
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