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Clement and Hartwell request of alumnus Wilkins a contribution toward the construction of a new dormitory housing halls for the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies.
The increasing prosperity of the
We—the undersigned—have been appointed a committee to
address you to this effect; And beleiving that your youthful partiality &
Pride, indeed—would have induced us to forgo the
pleasure advantages of a new
Hall—had we none to whom to apply but strangers; But when we recollect,
that you were once members of the same
still remember us, and are ready,
even now, to rally under our common motto
["Virtue, Liberty, and Science"]. Such being our sentiments, is all
the apology we can give for the trouble we reluctantly inflict upon our
absent distant members. But let it be
recollected, that it is from the principles of Philanthropy, and in behalf of the cause of Science, we
apply; For when the Hall shall be completed, few, if any, who now constitute
own parts, and with what we can gather from our
friends, we hope soon to be able to discharge our last duty to those who are to
succeed us, in our
received; and as the question must soon be decided we respectfully request an early answer.
2. In 1837 and 1838 the