TEACHING IN CALIFORNIA
THE second sojourn in California, covering the twelve years from 1871 to 1883, formed the largest block in the structure of Sill's life. The invitation foreshadowed in the letter from Mr. Palmer came, and was accepted, and in 1871 Sill began his work as teacher of English in the high school at Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco. There he taught until 1874, when he accepted the chair of English in the University of California at Berkeley, a neighboring suburb of San Francisco.
Sill was chosen Professor of English at the young university--then being set on its feet by Daniel C. Gilman, who was drawn away not long thereafter to organize Johns Hopkins,-- and so had the rare distinction of laying the foundations of two American universities both of which have already grown great. The acquaintance between Sill and Gilman grew into a friendship which lasted until Sill's untimely death.
The three years at Oakland were crowded with work--the absorbing, consuming work which teaching becomes to the enthusiast like