HENRY DRUMMOND AND SCHOPENHAUER
IN the Baptist denomination one could receive a preaching licence from one's church; so a few months after graduation, I went to Hartford, preached a trial sermon in the Asylum Avenue Baptist Church, and was given a licence to preach.
About this time, a woman asked me how I should like to spend my life if I could fashion it according to my desire. I replied that I should like to work hard at some form of intellectual activity from breakfast until luncheon; to spend the afternoon in violent athletic exercise, playing some game; and in the evening to enjoy myself socially, going out to dinner, attending the theatre, conversing, or quietly reading; and that is in general the way I have spent my whole life.
Not knowing exactly what line to take after graduation, and suddenly being offered the position of Secretary of the Yale University Young Men's Christian Association, with an attractive room--which later George Santayana said was the best room he had seen on his visit to Yale--the opportunity to spend half my time as a graduate student, and a salary of seven hundred and fifty dollars, I accepted this, and have never regretted it.
In a few weeks after the opening of the Autumn term, I became intimately acquainted with Professor Henry Drummond of Scotland, the most effective university speaker on religion I have ever heard. His book Natural Law in the Spiritual World ( 1883) had made a sensation;