Justin Smith Morrill to Matthew H. Buckham, January 4, 1878

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United States Senate Chamber,
Washington, Jany 4th 1878
Prst. M. H. Buckham,
Burlington, Vt
My dear Sir: I have not been quite well for some
days or I should have acknowledged your kind letter respecting
James. I trust you know that I fully appreciate your watchfulness.
It was in time to furnish a basis of further admonition and I hope
of improvement. I some thought of going back with James to get
a full idea of any bad associates and also to consider about a
change of place, but for the present I have abandoned that.
James says, "try me one month and then ask the President
whether my work and deportment is not all right or not".
He knows that I shall expect him to be punctual to every one
of his recitations; not to be absent from his room evenings;
not to attend any dance balls, and to treat the new Prof.
of Chemistry with every courtesy and without the exhibition
of leg-drills or any other coarse offence.
Indeed his visit here I fear was not so enjoyable

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as it might have been had less time been devoted to parental
use in lectures. James promises me all I can fairly ask
and I hope he will come nearer fulfilment than
he yet has done. He says he was really sick about two weeks.
I trust that you will not grow weary over your cares
nor discouraged by the abuse which some of the Press
appear glad to fling upon our University and College.
I have not seen Prof Collier since he came and
when I do I shall try to find out whether he inspires
any share of this abuse. It is strange that any Bur-
lington paper can find a profit in this line. I was
sorry to see the Rutland Herald following in the same
rut and so I wrote to Mr. Pettingill, the editor,
expressing my regret that he did not know personally
more of our Professors and the work they were
Very truly yours
Justin S. Morrill