Justin Smith Morrill to Matthew H. Buckham, May 25, 1893

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Strafford, Vt May 25th, 1893
My dear Sir:
I note what you say in
your favor of the 24th, and of course I
shall try to
furnish a calm argument in behalf of
your institution as it is, but
of agriculture to be established by the
nation, one in each state, I cannot
promise to bridle myself. The idea that
I could struggle for years for that alone
when something so much better, even
for agriculture, was within my grasp,

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or that the nation should spend its
such limited educational in-
stitutions, appears to me ridiculous, and'
I shall be unable to refrain from de-
nouncing it with such pungency as I
can command. I cannot believe that
farmer and mechanics want to hum-
bugged by calling a school "a College",
and I shall want to say my last word
on the subject--most probably shall.
I am weary of the subject, as I presume
you are. For me to do otherwise would
be to play Hamlet with the Prince
of Denmark left out. A timid
handling of the subject, without back-

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bone, would in my opinion do more
hurt than good, and yet the occasion
and good taste cannot be ignored even
in battling with the absurdity.
Very sincerely yours
Justin S. Morrill
Prest. M. H. Buckham,
Burlington, Vt.