My life has been (above any merits of my own) so blessed by Providence, that methinks its history should be begun with the ringing of bells, the singing of psalms, the sound of cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music. For surely the contemplation of a happy course should, even towards its close, be accompanied by a heart full of cheerful piety and gratitude. And though, as often happens to us in the Lord's wisdom, ill fortune, disappointment, troubles of the flesh, and pain of disease may perhaps afflict me in these latter years of fleeting life, they ought not to lessen the glad song of praise for blessings formerly vouchsafed (and still dwelling in my memory) of love, of joy, and of happiness. Truly, the earth is a delightful place; a fair garden, which yields pleasant fruit; and, if it may be so said with becoming reverence, there are yet, outside the gates of Eden, places here and there which for beauty and delight, to those who thither win their way, are comparable with Paradise itself. In such a place it has been my happy lot to dwell.
As John Calvert, a successful engineer is dying, he tells he son, Dr. Lucian Calvert, that the family name is Burley. Because of the evil means by which the family fortune was obtained, he, John Calvert, had changed his name and disowned his father, Lucian's grandfather who yet lived. John solicits a promise from his son never to touch a penny of the old man's fortune. The older man, near 100, eventually dies, apparently without a will, leaving a fortune of £12,000,000. Fake relatives come from near and far seeking the fortune. Lucian is torn, but eventually succumbs to the temptation, convincing himself of the good deeds he can do with the fortune. He becomes involved in the struggle for the fortune. Ultimately, a will is found and the old man left his money to a foundation for establishment of college of science.