Excerpt from Fifth Report, 1861-1892
Dear classmates: It is a long time since it was suggested and voted that this fifth class report should be prepared, and made to comprise the substance of all its predecessors, together with such added information as might be obtained. The under taking has proved to be much more than the task of a few hours to be accomplished with paste-pot and scissors, and the work has dragged rather wearily for several years. It has involved the re writing of much that had been recorded, the correction of many errors, and the securing, by dint of persistent epistolary persuasion, of a large amount of new matter.
At last your Secretary issues his magnum opus, not as complete and free from errors, but as the product of much effort to se cure fullness and accuracy. In this effort others have generously shared, and he owes a weighty debt of gratitude to Garrison, who has most kindly devoted much time and care to seeing the Report through the press, revising the proofs, supplying omitted data, and preparing summaries.
With the hope that the result of these labors of love will in the main win the approval of the Class, these pages are sent forth by one who feels an increased interest in his fellow-graduates of thirty one years ago with each fresh review of their careers.
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