Letter to President Thomas chase, L. L.D.
Amesbury, Mass., 9th mo., 1884.the Semi-Centennial of Haverford College is an event that no member of the Society of Friends can regard without deep interest. It would give me great pleasure to be with you on the 27th inst., but the years rest heavily upon me, and I have scarcely health or strength for such a journey. It was my privilege to visit Haverford in 1838, in ‘the day of small beginnings.’ The promise of usefulness which it then gave has been more than fulfilled. It has grown to be a great and wellestablished institution, and its influence in thorough education and moral training has been widely felt. If the high educational standard presented in the scholastic treatise of Barclay and the moral philosophy of Dymond has been lowered or disowned by many who, still retaining the name of Quakerism, have lost faith in the vital principle wherein precious testimonials of practical righteousness have their root, and have gone back to a dead literalness, and to those materialistic ceremonials for leaving which our old confessors suffered bonds and death, Haverford, at least, has been in a good degree faithful to the trust committed to it. Under circumstances of more than ordinary difficulty,