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. V.—On the Being and Sovereignty of God. A Discourse
Vol. XVII, No. 2. APRIL, 1835. New Series—Vol. VI, No. 2.
PRESIDENT RUTER'S BACCALAUREATE ADDRESS,
To the Graduates and Students of Allegheny College.
Young Gentlemen,—It is with feelings of lively interest that I improve the opportunity now afforded, for the purpose of offering you some advice, upon subjects which may be expected, in future, to claim your attention.
You have arrived at that period in your literary progress, which many circumstances render important, and which seems to promise a rich reward to your industry. To this period you have been directing your views, with agreeable anticipation, considering it as one that must hold a distinguished place among the most interesting seasons of your lives. But while it is rendered joyful, from the consideration of your success, 'and the honors conferred upon you, it is also distinguished by being the time of your separation. Your pupilage now closes, and you part, each from the other, and from your instructors, it may be to meet no more upon earth. Leaving the halls of learning, and the grounds consecrated to scientific improvement, you enter upon the busy scenes of a transitory life, not knowing what joys or sorrows await you in your career, what may be your success in life, or your prospects in the hour of dissolution.
While pursuing the various branches of learning included in your course, as well as in your earlier studies, you have found that science is too valuable a treasure to be acquired without labor, and that those who will possess it must exercise energy and perseverance. But amidst the toils of investigation, while advancing from one step to another still higher in the path of useful knowledge, you have kept in mind the value of the object, viewing it as a rich possession, which, being once acquired, can never be wrested from you. Encouraged by this consideration, and cheered with the prospects of success, you have completed the work assigned you in this institution, and received the customary honors.
But though your pupilage now closes, and you enjoy the approbation of your instructors, as having made honorable proficiency, and as possessing respectable acquirements, you surely do not consider your education as finished. So far from this, it can only be said that you are now prepared to cultivate the sciences by your own skill, without the aid you have been accustomed to receive from others. The treasures of learning have been spread out before you, and while experiencing their difficulties, and tasting some of their sweets, you must have perceived that there is an immensity in their resources. Were you now to
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