Bowdoin Commencement 1855
In his autobiography
Chamberlain recalls, "He had taken for his subject 'Law and Liberty.'
The main argument of this was that the superabounding life lavished in the universe was proof that the
play of infinite freedom was to work out the will of infinite law. The effect of this among those
who heard it was an utter and overwhelming surprise to its author. The newspaper notices made him feel as if he had
wakened in another world... The College the very next day offered him some of the work Professor Stowe had just left,
and he took his place at the opening of the next term as special instructor in Logic and Natural Theology,
with the charge of the Freshman Greek."