June 30, 1880

New Haven, Connecticut


The sentence, slightly modified, which I first heard after coming into this room I might adopt. It is the privilege of young men not to be garrulous. Therefore, I shall detain you but for a single sentence. After having seen so much that is attractive and admirable in this renowned college, I can say with emphasis – it is always best to speak with emphasis, for it does show that you have decision of character – I can say with emphasis that if I had not graduated from Kenyon College, in Ohio, I should want to be a graduate of some other college.