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WILLIAMS COLLEGE ONE HUNDRED
RESIDENT FITCH of Williams college, about one hun-
dred years ago this Commencement, Wrote to a friend a
letter which shows how little the ideals of this institution have
changed to this date. It reads in part, "Our ambition is to make
good scholars rather than add to our number, and in this we
mean not to be outdone by any college in New England." A
glance at the entrance requirements and at the courses offered by
the college in view of this is most interesting. In a certain sense
VVilliams has been the originator of the present elective system.
The student seeking admission in the very earliest days of the
college had an option. The rule read, "Each student who
applies for admission must be able to accurately construe, read
and parse to the satisfaction of the president and tutors, Virgil's
7Eneid, Tully's Orations, and the Evangelists in Greekg or, if
he prefers to become acquainted with French, he must be able to
read and pronounce with a tolerable degree of accuracy and
fluency I-Iudson's French Scholar's Guide, Telemachus, or some
other approved French author." The curriculum, which aimed
"to see Massachusetts become the Athens of America," intro-”