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THE following sketch was undertaken at the request of a friend, who was desirous to insert a brief notice of the origin, history and present condition of Yale College, in a statistical account of New Haven, which he designed to publish. As the Compiler proceeded in his task, he found the materials so abundant, and many of the facts connected with the annals of the College so interesting, that he experienced much embarrassment in abridging the narrative within his intended limits, without doing injustice to the subject. Although he had failed in his original design, he concluded that some facts had been gathered, that might be deemed interesting to the patrons of literary institutions, and particularly to the Alumni of the College. He is conscious of the imperfections of the sketch in many particulars, but believes that in matters of fact, it will be found generally correct. As to opinions; he deems it an act of justice to the officers of the institution, to discharge them from all responsibility. They may possibly dissent, from some sentiments advanced in the progress of the narrative ; but as the sketch has, in its historical parts, been drawn without consultation with any members of the faculty, they are not chargeable, either for expressions of praise or censure.
The compilation of a work, in relation to a literary institution, would have better fitted the habits and pursuits of an academi
but if the facts in relation to the College, presented in the following pages, shall in any degree awaken public interest in behalf of a venerable establishment, for whose prosperity, in common with his fellow alumni, the writer feels an affectionate solicitude, his ambition will be fully gratified.
In witnessing the rapid advancement of the arts and sciences in our favored country, it has always been among the most cher