Dear Father: Let me give my schedule and you can judge for yourself

Colby Bicentennial Seal 1864-1913

April 24, 1880

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Dear Nellie:

You can tell by my writing that the first of our examinations is over. Demosthenes, if he were alive, would be surprised to see how much more he said than he meant. I finished my examination, that is, all but the —– on the last question. It was translate this and continue indefinitely. I didn’t care to continue, you can well believe.

Monday is French and Tuesday General Geometry. I don’t dread them much. The French will be hard to write correctly, I fear.

Sept. 8, 1880

Dear Father:

I am back here at work and work it is, too. This term is considered very hard and it seems to me that it will require more time than we can possibly get, to do the work well. Let me give you a little schedule and you can judge for yourself.

Tues., wed, Thurs. and Fri. at 8 we have Greek and hard Greek, too. Every alternate day–wed and Sat. omitted, we have logic. Our chemistry is in lectures and I can’t prepare a lesson well in less than five or six hours, for first we are given an outline of the lecture to be given the following day. This we must find time to copy into our note books so that we can fill out the lecture at 9:30 a.m. Then this lecture is to be copied out and learned, to be recited at 11:30 the next day. At that recitation another outline is given to get treated in the same way. Thus five days are occupied and on the fifth we have the recitations at 11:30, the two lectures already recited. So on ad infinitum. Laboratory work will probably occupy nearly all of Wed. afternoons and yet I want to take that more than anything else for I’m just getting into something that I love to study.