RE-CASTING FIRST PRINCIPLES. 1867. ÆT. 47.
THE house which, from the age of seven to the age of forty-seven, had been my home--practically at some times and nominally at all other times--was now my home no longer. There remained nothing to tie me to it beyond the associations which had clustered in and around it during forty years. And these, some of them pleasurable and some of them otherwise, were not such as to outweigh the motives for permanent residence in London.
To the town, though it was my birthplace, I did not feel any particular attachment. "Here I am again at dull Derby" was the internal exclamation I often made when arriving by train; and the country immediately around it had no such beauties as to compensate for its dulness. Only three families which I cared much about now lived in or near it; so that the social attractions were not great. And then the climate did not suit me: it is anything but invigorating. Thus other feelings than filial were not strong enough to make life at Derby desirable.
Soon after my mother's death I therefore arranged to give up the house. Reserving valued relics and such few pieces of furniture as promised to be useful in Lon-