Euzelians, you have aspired to the honors of Science and the dis-
tinctions of Literature. You have talent and industry-you have
resolved to ascend the hill of Science, and its pathway, however steep
and rough, cannot deter you; its summit, however lofty, cannot dis-
courage you. Here is your Standard-it speaks for you. Science and
Literature, Agriculture and Mechanics, will receive your fostering
care. All will be prosecuted with industry, and what you do you will
do well. And though your latter end, the grave and dust, are before
you, yet your immortality has commenced; your star is above the
horizon. No difficulties can deter you, no toils can appal you. Your
motto is, "Inveniam viam aut faciam." Gentlemen, Heaven prosper
you-may you be an honor to your Institution, a blessing to the State,
and a benefit to mankind.
Fellow Philomathesians, we also have entered upon the race for
intellectual honor. We too have aspired to Literary distinction. To us
life without knowledge would be as gloomy as the grave. For the
promotion of our own happiness, and especially for the extension of
our usefulness among mankind, we have resolved to be scientific
men. We have entered upon a literary course, and no difficulties, no
discouragements, shall check our progress. We have hoped great
things, and we have attempted great things. We shall never forget that
he who attempts to throw over the sun will throw higher than he who
attempts to throw over a shrub. Here is our Standard-it speaks for us.
Our motto is, "Esse quam videri malo." But while we shall always
appear as we are, we shall never be content with common
acquirements or the laurels that may wreathe the brows of other men.
With the benediction of Heaven, we shall be an honor to our Alma
Mater, a blessing to the State, and a benefit to mankind.
-From the Fourth of July Oration of James C. Dockery, at the first
public Exercises of the Literary Societies, July 4, 1845.
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