SILL probably little realized, when he sailed from San Francisco in the summer of '66, that the two great questions of life were both to be answered for him so soon--that within the year he would be mated in love and settled in his life-work.
He sailed on the 18th of June, in company with his friend Shearer, still inseparable, on the same ship and under the same captain that had brought them 'round the Horn five years before. The last line before sailing was a hasty scrawl to his classmate, [ Governor] Simeon Baldwin:--
DEAR SIMMUN,--I think this is about positively the last from this side the planet. I hope when we get East that you and I may have the opportunity to make each other's acquaintance.
In summing up the years I've been here I find that very few friends have passed the valves of the auricle and ventricle. Mighty few, as Sex [ Shearer] w'd say,--and consequently there's room in that capacious organ
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Publication information: Book title: Edward Rowland Sill:His Life and Work. Contributors: William Belmont Parker - Author. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1915. Page number: 86.
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