friends easily; a man of simple tastes and few needs; with a high sense of honour and rectitude; methodical, meticulous, imperturbable in adversity; a martinet in the eyes of the students (who addressed him as "Sir"), a thorough gentleman for others.
To him had fallen the need to make great decisions, of vast importance for the future of the college. What to do with the compensation received for the old property in Madrid? Invest it in
rebuild? It needed perspicacity
to buy the
latter course and to many of Canterac when already
and courage to commit years of debt. Whether deep in debt? To have
let the opportunity pass in silence would have been easier, have avoided further anxieties and responsibilities. But Humble, whatever else he may have been, was not the man daunted by the prospect of adversity.
would James to be
The students knew little of the tenderness and sentimentality of a man who could write:-
"TO JOHNNIE (THE LOVED COMPANION OF SIXTEEN YEARS)
Poor faithful friend. thou'rt gone! before me lies Thy stiffening form. inert and lifeless now; Those pulseless limbs, those slowly glazing eyes What once thou wert, to my blurred vision show;
What once thou Loved sharer in
e'er mayst be again,
Fear not its memory fade; and let there fall This silent tear upon thy faithful head And unashamed rest there-thy funeral pall! And those who smile?-give service where 'tis If but one part as loyal and true."
(College archives 67/31.)