North American Scholar

MORRIS, Charles D'Urban

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  • Date of Birth: 1827-02-17
  • Born City: Charmouth, Dorset
  • Born State/Country: England
  • Parents: Rear Admiral Henry Gage M. & wife.
  • Date of Death: 1886-02-01
  • Death City: Baltimore
  • Death State/Country: MD
  • Education:

    A.B. Oxford (Lincoln Coll.), 1849; M.A. 1852.

  • Professional Experience:

    Fell. Oriel Coll., Oxford, 1852-3; rector Trinity Sch. (NY) 1853-73; mstr. boy's sch. Lake Mohegan (NY), 1873-5; prof. Engl. lit. & pol. sci. U. City of New York (now NYU), 1875-6; collegiate prof. Lat. Johns Hopkins, 1876-86.

  • Publications:

    Principia Latina (New York, 1860); Bullions's Principles of Latin Grammar (New York, 1867); An Introduction to the Greek Language: A Compendious Grammar of Attic Greek (New York, 1869; 4th ed., 1876); Latin Lessons (New York, 1867); An Introduction to the Latin Language: A Compendious Grammar of the Latin Language (New York, 1870; 4th ed., 1876); Probatio Latina (New York, 1871); A Latin Reading Book (New York, 1873); "On the Age of Xenophon at the Time of the Anabasis" TAPA 5 (1874) 82-95; "On Some Forms of Greek Conditional Sentences," TAPA 6 (1875) 44-53; "Xenophon's Oeconomicus," AJP 1 (1880) 169-86; "On a Probable Error in Plutarch," AJP 3 (1882) 456-60; "On οὐ μή with the Future in Prohibitions," TAPA 13 (1882) xxxv-xxxviii; "The Jurisdiction of the Athenians over Their Allies," AJP 5 (1884) 298-317; "The Relation of a Greek Colony to Its Mother City," ibid., 479-87; "Chronology of the ΠΕΝΤΗΚΟΝΤΑΕΤΙΑ,” AJP 7 (1886) 325-43; Thucydides Book I (Boston, 1887).

  • Notes:

    Morris was distinguished as a teacher of undergraduates and was brought to Johns Hopkins to develop the collegiate instruction, which was modeled on the English system, as the graduate program was modeled on the German. His grammars presented his original views on teaching the ancient languages and his philological work was solid, but his greatest contribution was to the Hopkins undergraduates whom he selected for admission, guided carefully through the curriculum, and presented for the baccalaureate. He was particularly attracted to the history of Greece and was at work on an edition of Classen's Thucydides when he died.

  • Sources:

    AppCAB 4:411; B. L. Gildersleeve, Johns Hopkins University Circulars (Mar., 1886) 65; idem, AJP 7 (1886) 127, 128-9; NYU archives.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.