most valuable library; one of the largest museums of mineralogy and natural history; a school of Law, which annually receives into its bosom more than one hundred and fifty sons from all parts of the Union, where they listen to instruction from professors whose names have become among the most valuable possessions of the land; a school of Divinity, the nurse of true learning and piety; one of the largest and most flourishing schools of Medicine in the country. Besides these, a general body of teachers, twenty-seven in number, many of whose names help to keep the name of the country respectable in every part of the globe where science, learning, and taste are cherished,— the whole presided over at this moment by a gentleman early distinguished in public life by his unconquerable energies and his masculine eloquence, at a later period by the unsurpassed ability with which he administered the affairs of our city; now, in a green old age, full of years and honors, preparing to lay down his present high trust.1 Such is Harvard University; and as one of the humblest of her children, happy in the recollection of a youth nurtured in her classic retreats, I cannot allude to her without an expression of filial affection and respect. It appears from the last Report of the Treasurer that the whole available property of the University, the various accumulations of more than two centuries of generosity, amounts to $703,175. There now swings idly at her moorings in this harbor a ship-of-the-line, the “Ohio,” carrying ninety guns, finished as late as 1836 for $517,888; repaired only two years afterwards, in 1838, for $223,012; with an armament which has cost $53,945; making an amount of $834,845 as the actual cost at this moment of that single ship,—more than $100,000 beyond all the available accumulations of the richest and most ancient seat of learning in the land! Choose ye, my fellow-citizens of a Christian State, between the two caskets,—that wherein is the loveliness of knowledge and truth, or that which contains the carrion death! Let us pursue the comparison still further. The account of the expenditures of the University during the last year, for the general purposes of the College, the instruction of the undergraduates, and for the schools of Law and Divinity, amounts to $46,949. The cost of the “Ohio” for one year in service, in salaries, wages, and provisions is $220,000; being $175,000 more than the annual expenditures of the University,—more than four times as much! In other words, for the annual sum which is lavished on one ship-of-the-line, four institutions like Harvard University might be sustained throughout the country! . . . But let us not confine ourselves to barren words in recognition of virtue. While we see the right and approve it too, let us dare to pursue it. Let us now, in this age of civilization, surrounded by Christian nations, be willing to follow the successful example of William Penn, surrounded by savages. Let us, while we recognize those transcendent ordinances of God, the Law of Right and the Law of Love,—the double suns which illumine the moral universe,—aspire to the true glory, and what is higher than glory, the great
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