LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
68 SCHOOL AND COLLEGE DAYS. interested in the mental and moral development of any other pupil. Our labor for him has been one of love. vVe have felt ourselves blessed in being able to give our efforts, our quenchless interest, and our prayers. vV e part from him with regret, but rejoice that Professor Seelye is to direct his course at Amherst. . FROlll EPHRAIM FLINT, JR., TO PHOF. J, H. SEELYE. ANDOVER, August 31, 1867. At the request of Mr. Alpheus Hardy I write you a few lines in regard to the bearer, Joseph Neesima. He has boarded in the same house in which I live, ever since I came to Andover, twenty-two months ago. Although he has attended Phillips Academy, Mrs. Flint and myself have given him much instruction in reading in the Bible, spelling, English grammar, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, etc. Joseph has ma8-tered arithmetic, algebra, and the first two books in geometry. He is a very fine mathematician and is very desirous to study trigonometry and surveying. I think he would gain a good knowledge of these two branches in two terms. He wishes also to study physiology and supplement his present knowledge of natural philosophy with chemistry. I think he would be delighted with the experiments in optics. He hopes very much to study mental and moral philosophy under your instructions. His eyes have been very weak ever since he came to Andover, and in my judgment it would not be wise for him to commence at present the study of GTeek, on account of the peculiar trial to his eyes in the use of the lexicon. His necessary use of the English dictionary has been of more in jury to his eyes than all his other use of them.