Our New Duties: A Commencement Address at the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Miami University, Thursday, June 15, 1899 (Classic Reprint)

Our New Duties: A Commencement Address at the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Miami University, Thursday, June 15, 1899 (Classic Reprint)

by Whitelaw Reid
     
 

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Excerpt from Our New Duties: A Commencement Address at the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Miami University, Thursday, June 15, 1899

Sons and Friends of Miami:

I join you in saluting this venerable mother at a notable way-mark in her great life. One hundred and seven years ago the Congress voted and George Washington approved a foundation for this university.

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Excerpt from Our New Duties: A Commencement Address at the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Miami University, Thursday, June 15, 1899

Sons and Friends of Miami:

I join you in saluting this venerable mother at a notable way-mark in her great life. One hundred and seven years ago the Congress voted and George Washington approved a foundation for this university. Seventy-five years ago it opened its doors. Now si monumentum quæris, circumspice. There is the catalogue. There are the long lists of men who so served the State or the Church that their lives are your glory, their names your inspiration. There are the longer lists of others to whom kinder fortune did not set duties in the eye of the world. But Miami made of them citizens who leavened the lump of that growing West, which was then a sprawling, irregular line of pioneer settlements and is now an empire. Search through it, above and below the Ohio, and beyond the Mississippi. So often - where there are centres of good work, or right thinking and right living - so often and so widely spread will you find traces of Miami, left by her own sons or coming from those secondary centres that grew out of her example and influence, that you are led in grateful surprise to exclaim: If this be the work of a little college, God bless and prolong the little college! If, half-starved and generally neglected, she has thus nourished good learning and its proper result in good lives through the three-quarters of a century ended to-day, may the days of her years be as the sands of the sea; may the Twentieth Century only introduce the glorious prime of a career of which the Nineteenth saw but modest beginnings, and may good old Miami still flourish in sæcula sæculorum!

But the celebration of her past and the aspirations for her future belong to worthier sons - here among these gentlemen of the Board who have cared for her in her need. I make them my profound acknowledgments for the honor they have done me in assigning me a share in the work of this day of days; and shall best deserve their trust by going with absolute candor straight to my theme.

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ISBN-13:
9781331340294
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/13/2015
Pages:
34
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.07(d)

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