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Michigan State Agricultural College

BY PRESIDENT ABBOT

A late directory of Lansing says: "When, in 1847, it became necessary for the legislature permanently to locate the capitol of the State, so many places were found competing for the honor that it was absolutely impossible to secure -an agreement for any. After a long and bitter contest, the present site of Lansing was fixed upon as a sort of truce measure, the idea no doubt being that when the excitement had quieted down somewhat, it would be easy to secure the transfer to some more eligible point. But that time has never come. " But the citizens of Lansing never felt secure of the capitol until the construction of the edifice was entered upon in 1871. Under a like spirit of compromise the Agricultural College was located near Lansing. The house bill for the establishment of the college was lost in 1855, as has been mentioned, after the proposal of many locations had been made while on its final passage. The law, as enacted, committed the selection of the site to the executive committee of the State Agricultural Society, with these conditions: To be within ten miles of Lansing; not to cost over fifteen dollars an acre, and to consist of not less than five hundred, nor more than a thousand acres in one body. Such a location was not at all to the taste of the friends of the college. They thought such an enterprise should have been started on an improved farm, in an easily accessible part of the State. But here was a wilderness for a farm, near a place to be reached only by staging over bad roads for more than twenty miles.

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