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Michigan State Agricultural College

BY PRESIDENT ABBOT

By these means will the farmers of our State—its great leading class—be furnished with institutions peculiarly theirs. They will be provided with the means of educating their youth in every practical and scientific detail necessary or useful to that most important of all occupations, to as full an extent as is now afforded by the higher colleges of our land, to candidates for the so-called' 'learned professions. '" Another memorial from the State Agricultural society was presented to the legislature, praying for the establishment of a State agricultural college. As to the character and scope of such an institution the memorial says: ''The first and most important consideration is, that the institution would be a labor school, in which the actual work performed by the pupils would be passed to their credit, in the account for their instruction. Thus the expense would be greatly diminished if not altogether paid. The very act of labor would be a practical application of the precepts taught, and the poor would enjoy equal privileges with the rich. "The institution should be attached to, or from a branch of the State University, contemplated by the charter of that institution, and having the benefit of lectures from professors, and such other sources as may be expedient; resident professors, with expensive salaries, would not be necessary. The studies taught at this college, should be of an eminently practical Kind. Besides agriculture in its details, mathematics and the keeping of accounts, mechanics, natural philosophy, and the natural sciences, with their Implications to agriculture. With these could be profitably associated anatomy, far as connected with the structure and diseases of animals, and the study of insects and their habits, and to some extent engineering, architecture, and landscape gardening.

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