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the nation. The out-door & varied life would be a great [adjuvant?] in developing a first class physique in students I think far more than equal to base ball matches & rowing clubs.

The old monastic methods of our schools is it seems to me illy [filled? fitted?] to the needs of modern life & & far in the [rear?] of an enlightened civilization. We find in the close in-door life of scholars an explanation of the unpractical in science & the true ground of the prejudice which is prevalent toward scientific agriculture, mining, engineering & seamanship. We also explain the relative success of so called self-educated men in the practical professions by the development in them of common out-door sense for the administration of business. Our roving school could regularly inspect all manufacturing, engineering & mining work going on in various parts of the country. By shifting about from climate to climate many dangers & rigors incident to exposure &c might be diminished to a minimum. I doubt not very many students in other universities would be sure to be willing at the ordinary expense of college life to enroll themselves in such a floating school for a year or two.

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