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Carthage Ill. June 7th 1887
Although entirely unknown to you your unprecedented liberality in the cause of education encourages me to address you.
For some years I have had in mind a mode of administering money in the cause of education which if not entirely novel would yet in a practical way be a new departure in the educational method.
My idea is to establish in the university curriculum a sort of [roving?] school. The practical way to teach the natural sciences is to bring the students face to face with nature. Nature presents so many faces in mountain & valley & sea & shore that within the close edifice no matter how well situated, a great number of her most important & loveliest features must escape attention. Briefly: I would propose a floating school in which nearly all the natural & physical sciences might be most successfully taught.
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