Friday. The last day of my birth month signalized by my final happy admission to the Junior class. I believe I shall indulge in self congratulation after I have brought my record down to that occasion.
But before I relate the manner of my obtaining the ticket I must tell of my grievous disappointment in not getting it at first. I had been in on Tuesday evening before Cross and made up on Trigonometry and Surveying, leaving only three books of Geometry which I endeavored to prevail on him to excuse, promising to make up after I had received my ticket. He assured me that he would do his best, which promise added to Prof. Whittlesey’s left me little doubt on the question and in the evening I devoted myself to the task of sum making in which I distinguished myself. The following are some of my base attempts.
Why is a fellow smoking a Break of day cigar like a man with the stomach-ache?
Because he has a sick center (6 center).
Why is the same man like a person afflicted with erysipelas in his nose?
For the same reason, having a sick scenter.
What is the State of Massachusetts doing in the highway robbery way[?]
Levying black males/mails.
And many were as bad. Here are a few elegant verses to Messrs. Cross and Whittlesey.
Here’s to Tutor Cross
Drink him down, &c.
For he never shall be boss, &c.
Here’s to Prof. Whittlesesey
Drink him down
And we hope he takes his vittles easy.