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Died, February 7th, 1886, Charles D'Urban Morris, Collegiate Professor 
of Greek in the Johns Hopkins University, in the fifty-ninth year of his age. 

Mr. Morris was from the beginning a steady friend of this Journal, to 
which he contributed the reports of Mnemosyne and a number of articles and 
reviews, all marked by sound scholarship, eminent sagacity, luminous style. 
His favorite field of research was the History of Greece, and an examination 
of his manuscripts reveals the care with which he gathered up the results of 
recent investigation in this direction. The edition of Classen's Thucydides, 
the First Book only, which was nearly completed when he was called away, 
will be an abiding monument of his careful and thoughtful manner of work, 
both as a student of history and as a student of Greek. Ready as he was to 
accept, and to accept enthusiastically, new suggestions, when they commended 
themselves to his judgment, he never gave assent to a proposition unless he 
took in all its dimensions, and his circumspectness as well as his candor made 
his opinion of rare value. This circumspectness, added to his scholarly abhor- 
rence of all that was eccentric in style, chastened the expression of his thought 
so much that his writings do not give any adequate notion of the strength 
and depth of his individuality, which made him a man of mark among his 
associates and gave him rare power over his pupils. His death called forth 
many expressions of sorrow, affection and admiration, and the following 
memoir and resolutions, reproduced from the Johns Hopkins University Cir- 
culars, bear emphatic witness to the noble qualities of a noble man, the noble 
deeds of a noble life. 

Professor Charles D'Urban Morris, Collegiate Professor of Latin and 
Greek in the Johns Hopkins University, died at his residence in Baltimore, 
February 7, 1886, after an illness of nearly ten days. 

He was a son of Rear-Admiral Henry Gage Morris, of the British Navy, 
who came of a Yorkshire family, was born in New York in 1770, and married 
in 1807 a daughter of the Rev. F. Orpen, a clergyman of the English Church 
in the County of Cork. Professor Morris, who was one of a family of ten 
children, was born in Charmouth, Dorset, England, February 17, 1827. He 
received his collegiate training in the University of Oxford. As a student of 
Lincoln College he was admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1849. 
His name appears in the first class of those who received honors in Uteris 
humanioribus. Three years later he became a Master of Arts and a Fellow of 
Oriel College. He came to this country in 1853, and was for a time Rector of 
Trinity School in the city of New York, and subsequently Master of a private 
school for boys at Lake Mohegan, near Peekskill. He was then made a Pro- 
fessor in the University of the City of New York, and from that position he 
was called in 1876 to the chair in the Johns Hopkins University which he held 
until his death. 


He was the author of a Latin Grammar and Reader, and of an Attic Greek 
Grammar, in which some original views of the proper methods of teaching the 
elements of the Latin and Greek languages were carefully unfolded; and he 
wrote a number of articles on philological topics, most of them contributed to 
the American Journal of Philology and to the American Philological Associa- 
tion. A.t the time of his death he was nearly ready to publish an edition of 
the First Book of Thucydides, with notes, the final sheets of which will be 
carried through the press by his associates. 

His powers, however, were chiefly devoted to the work of instruction, and 
he never appeared to greater advantage than when surrounded by his pupils in 
the class-room or in his parlor, or when he took part in the admission of under- 
graduate students and in the presentation of candidates for the baccalaureate 
degree. His enthusiasm, his sympathy, his honesty and his Christian faith were 
apparent under all circumstances; and there was a personal charm in that mix- 
ture of confidence and diffidence which he so often manifested — confidence in the 
domain with which he was familiar, diffidence with respect to duties which he 
was not accustomed to perform. The University will long lament his death. 

The body of Mr. Morris was buried in St. Paul's Churchyard (corner of Fre- 
mont and German streets) on Wednesday, February 10. The funeral services, 
conducted by Rev. Dr. J. S. B. Hodges, the Rector, were held in St. Paul's 
Church. The officers and students of the University accompanied the family 
as mourners from the dwelling-house to the church. 

On the day of the funeral the officers and students of the Johns Hopkins 
University assembled in Hopkins Hall, and, after a few introductory words 
from President Gilman, the following resolutions were presented by Professor 
Gildersleeve, in a brief address, and, after additional remarks by Professor 
Warren, by Messrs. R. W. Rogers and Allan C. Woods — two of Mr. Morris's 
recent pupils — were unanimously adopted : 

Resolved, That we, as members of the Johns Hopkins University, herewith 
give public expression to our respect for the memory of the late Professor 
Morris and to our sorrow for the loss of one who occupied so important a posi- 
tion in our academic body as scholar, teacher and man. 

As a scholar, to the best characteristics of the English school in which he 
was trained, to refined taste, sound sense, exemplary accuracy, Mr. Morris 
united the most cordial sympathy with the new philological life of our day, 
the most eager receptivity of fresh truth from every source, so that his work 
never lost the glow of recent acquisition, never lacked the balance of thoughtful 

As a teacher, he carried into the class-room the strength and warmth of 
thorough conviction. Enthusiastic devotion to his subject, confidence in his 
methods, an ardent desire to impress and to impart, gave him a hold on his 
pupils that is given to few, and his instruction will ever be memorable to those 
who had the privilege of his inspiration and guidance. 

As a man, Mr. Morris bore through life the stamp of a high and noble nature. 
Impetuous and frank, he was open alike in praise and blame. No man more 
scornful of the mean, none more generous in his appreciation of the good, 
and his influence and his example made for all that is best and truest. Loving 
as he did the society of young men, and sympathizing as few sympathize with 


their struggles and their aspirations, he was not content with the good he could 
do in casual intercourse, but delighted to gather about him under his own roof 
the members of the University, who in their turn honored and loved him as a 
father, as an elder brother. In the discharge of all his duties Mr. Morris was 
under the dominion of a strong religious sense. He lived as seeing Him who 
is invisible, and under His eye gave himself with singleness of heart to the 
work which had been appointed him, and continued faithful in it even to the end. 
Resolved, That the foregoing resolution be communicated to his widow and 
to the members of his family in England, and that the Trustees of the University 
be requested to enter the same upon their records. 

The Matriculate Society of the University and the Hopkins " House of 
Commons " held special meetings, previous to the funeral of Professor Morris, 
and adopted resolutions which expressed the sorrow which they felt at his death, 
their great respect for his scholarship and character, and their attachment to 
him as a teacher and friend. 

Resolutions of the University Philological Associati6n, 
March 5, 1886. 

Resolved, That while the various tributes of respect heretofore paid to the 
memory of Professor Morris have most fittingly held up to view his services 
to this University, to his colleagues at large, and to his students, we, as an 
association, owe him a peculiar debt, which it is our privilege to acknowledge. 

Professor Charles D. Morris was intimately connected with the Philological 
Association of the Johns Hopkins University from its beginning. He was in 
entire sympathy with its aims, and for nearly ten years furthered them by the 
prompt performance of every duty, by his readiness in contributing his own 
generous share to our proceedings, and by sustained interest in all good work. 
To this he added a rare discrimination, which bestowed where possible a full 
measure of praise ; while he did not abate a jot of his own firm judgment. He 
scarcely ever missed a meeting of this Association, and his influence on the 
proceedings was marked in many ways. 

Even as a listener his presence was always felt. His brief and forcible 
remarks of discriminating criticism, of fruitful inquiry, or of approval, were 
always highly prized. He welcomed a good thing enthusiastically, from what- 
ever quarter it came, in whatever subject it appeared. He was quick to discern 
interesting applications of theory or fact, and thus contributed towards making 
the speaker feel at his ease outside of his own subject. 

Especially to be commemorated is the kindly sympathy he extended to 
younger men who appeared for the first time before the Association, and his 
appreciation of what was new and good in their articles. More than one young 
scholar owes his first feeling of confidence in his own independent work to 
the appreciation and encouragement received from Professor Morris. 

His own contributions were models of clear thought, and of skilful presenta- 
tion, in choice English. However far his theme might be from the studies of 
his listener, the latter was under the spell of his personality from the first, and 
his personality was an inspiration. 

He made his associates love scholarship more, while loving science none 
the less ; and he himself made scholarship lovely, so that others felt more 
proud of belonging to the guild of scholars because he adorned it. 


Resolved, That this minute be entered on the records of this Association, 
and a copy of it be sent to Professor Morris's relatives. 

Henry Wood, 
Maurice Bloomfield, 
Minton Warren, Committee. 


Boohs : 

Principia Latina: An Introduction to the Latin Language. New York, 

Principles of Latin Grammar. By P. Bullions. Revised by Charles D. 
Morris. New York, 1867. 

A Compendious Grammar of Attic Greek. New York, 1869. 2d ed. 1870. 
3d ed. 1873. 4* ed. 1876. 

A Compendious Grammar of the Latin Language. New York, 1870. 4th 
ed. 1876. 

Parsing and Reading Lessons adapted to Morris's Latin Grammar. New 
York, 1870. 

Probatio Latina : A Series of Questions designed to test the Progress of 
Learners in the Latin Language. New York, 1871. 

A Latin Reading Book : adapted for use in connection with his Compendious 
Grammar of the Latin Language. New York, 1873. 

Parsing and Reading Lessons adapted to Morris's Attic Greek Grammar. 
New York, 1873. 

Thucydides, Book I. (In press.) Ginn & Co., Boston. 

Articles printed in Magazines and Periodicals : 

On the Age of Xenophon at the Time of the Anabasis. Transactions 
American Philological Association, 1874. 

On Some Forms of Greek Conditional Sentences. Transactions American 
Philological Association, 1875. 

Latin Salutatory. Delivered on the 3d Anniversary of the Johns Hopkins 
University, February 22, 1879, an d subsequently printed by the University in 
pamphlet form. 

Reports of Mnemosyne, fifteen in number. American Journal of 
Philology, Volumes I to VI. 1 880-1886. 

On Xenophon's Oeconomicus. American Journal of Philology, Vol. I, No. 
2. 1880. 18 pp. 

Note on Horace, Carmina I, xv 14. Johns Hopkins University Circulars, 
Vol. I, No. 5. 1880. 

A New Interpretation of aaK?>ayx vo C in Sophocles' Ajax 472. Johns Hopkins 
University Circulars, Vol. I, No. 7. 1880. 

Recent Attempts to explain the Forms attributed to the Verb which appears 
in our Lexicons as <f>peu. Johns Hopkins University Circulars, Vol. I, No. 7. 

A Note on Sophocles' Antigone 1102. Johns Hopkins University Circulars, 
Vol. I, No. 8. 1881. 

On an Alleged Fact in the Life of Euripides. Johns Hopkins University 
Circulars, Vol. I, No. 11. 1881. 

Review of Timayenis' History of Greece. American Journal of Philology, 
Vol. II, No. 5. 1881. 


Notice of Enthoven de lone Euripidea. American Journal of Philology, 
Vol. II, No. 5. 1881. 

Notice of Smith's Study of Plutarch's Life of Artaxerxes. American 
Journal of Philology, Vol. II, No. 6. 1881. 

Note on Demosthenes 34, 25. American Journal of Philology, Vol. Ill, No. 
10. 1882. 

On oil \ifj with the Future in Prohibitions. Proceedings American Philological 
Association. 1882. 

On an Idiom of Demosthenes. Johns Hopkins University Circulars, Vol. 
I, No. 13. 1882. 

On the Beginnings of the Athenian Hegemony. Johns Hopkins University 
Circulars, Vol. I, No. 17. 1882. 

On a Probable Error in Plutarch, Pericles, c. 23. American Journal of 
Philology, Vol. Ill, No. 12. 1882. 5 pp. Johns Hopkins University Circulars, 
Vol. II, No. 19. 1882. 

A Note on the Chalkidians. Johns Hopkins University Circulars, Vol. II, 
No. 21. 1883. 

Review of Schuckburgh's Lysias. American Journal of Philology, Vol. IV, 
No. 13. 1883. 

Review of Dunbar's Concordance to the Comedies and Fragments of 
Aristophanes. American Journal of Philology, Vol. IV, No. 16. 1883. 

Review of Two Papers by Karl Brugmann. American Journal of Philology, 
Vol. V, No. 18. 1884. 

Reviews of Humphreys' Observations sur Thucydide, I xi. American 
Journal of Philology, Vol. V, No. 18. 1884. 

Jurisdiction of the Athenians over their Allies. American Journal of 
Philology, Vol. V, No. 19. 1884. 20 pp. Johns Hopkins University Circulars, 
Vol. II, No. 22. 1883. 

Relation of a Greek Colony to its Mother City. American Journal of 
Philology, Vol. V, No. 20. 1884. 9 pp. 

On the Rights of a Greek Metropolis over its Allies. Johns Hopkins 
University Circulars, Vol. Ill, No. 29. 1884. 

On K. Brugmann's Recent Grammatical Studies. Johns Hopkins University 
Circulars, Vol. Ill, No. 32. 18S4. 

On the Financial History of Athens. Johns Hopkins University Circulars, 
Vol. IV, No. 36. 1885. 

On Krueger's Chronology of the so-called Summary of Thucydides. 
Johns Hopkins University Circulars, Vol. V, No. 45. 1885. 

Unpublished MSS : 

1. A popular lecture entitled Roman Society in Juvenal. 

2. A paper on Lucian's 'Owe and Apuleius. 

3. A paper discussing KirchhofFs Herodotus. 

4. An academic lecture on Translations. 

Translation of : 5. Euripides' Bacchae. 

6. Euripides' Ion. 

7. Persius. 

8. Thucydides II and III. 

9. A book of Homer's Iliad. 

10. Copious notes and abstracts of recent works on Greek History.