St. John's college is, by its secluded situation, its well-stored library, (in which are deposited the valuable books and MSS. of Archbishop Laud,) and its beautiful gardens, remarkably calculated for the residence of the studious academic. The president, at that time, was the Rev. Samuel Dennis, D.D.; a man of rather a severe cast of mind, but possessed of talents and learning. His character was thought to be summed up in three expressive words, "sagax," "strenuus," "acer;" and, I believe, they represented that character fairly.