National Affairs: Truth and Eloquence

At Williamsburg, Va., when the President received his seventh LL.D. (the first, however, from any college outside New England†) he paid a tribute to the founders of the country such as he has frequently paid before but in a style more ambitious than his usual utterance. Consider the following sentence: "And when the wanton ravages of war reduced this once flourishing institution, which had spoken so boldly in the cause of liberty, to a state that left little but the vibrant tones of the college bell and the fervent prayers of a devout President, it was a distinguished son of...

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