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Excerpt from The Messenger: A History of the Class of 1881, of Princeton College An author, by appearing in print, requesting an audience, should have something worthy of attention to offer or lie will he justly deemed officious and impertinent. However, the thought of having my name placed on the title page of this book is so pleasing and flattering to my feelings, that I am contented to risk something for the gratification. This preface is not designed to commend the volume to which it is prefixed, for the author fully appreciates its shortcomings, but it is intended to call attention to the motives and intentions your author had, in writing some of the performances of his classmates. It would be improper and unseemly for them to celebrate their own deeds. It has been our privilege to record events that may awaken a recollection of incidents and scenes which through the lapse of time they had almost forgotten. If in this volume any have been neglected or made too prominent, we ask the forgiveness of both. To the first, we would say it was of course not intentional, for it has been our aim to record all incidences of interest that have occurred. We are fully aware, however, that many things have happened during our college course that never came to our notice. To those made too prominent, we will say, it is not our fault they have made themselves notorious, but our duty as historian was to record such events as would lend interest to this history. We have at all times drawn things mild, and have endeavored to say nothing that would hint the feelings or character of any one. In some states we have deemed a hint sufficient to Hood the mind of certain members of the class with recollections better appreciated through hits. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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