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Michigan State Agricultural College

BY PRESIDENT ABBOT

Nor should the" claims of literature and the fine arts be wholly neglected as tending to polish the mind and manners, refine the taste, and add greater lustre and dignity to life. In fine, not only a useful, but a learned and liberal profession; and its cultivators not the 'bone and sinew' merely, but the ornaments of society. "One prominent advantage possessed by the pupil in such an institution should not be overlooked, in the judicious combination of labor and study, resulting in confirmed health, and thence increased mental as well as bodily vigor. But the importance of the plan proposed will weigh little unless it shall prove to be practicable. The only obstacle that can be reasonably supposed to exist is the expense of founding and conducting such an establishment. In the communities of the old world this obstacle, serious as it is under their circumstances, has been overcome, and with triumphant results. Probably no community in the world possesses greater facilities for the experiment, if it be deemed such, than ours. On the plan suggested no large endowment is necessary. The connection with the university would furnish a large part of the means for instruction at comparatively little cost to the institution. Nowhere in a settled community is land so cheap at the present moment as in this State. No State is more amply provided with landed and other means for the promotion of education. May not a part of this fund be as legitimately applied to this object as to other plans of educational improvement? "There should belong to the institution a farm of sufficient capacity to embrace a variety of soil and surface, upon which all the operations of agriculture connected with tillage, the culture of all the useful grains, grapes, and roots,

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