March 16th, 1867

March 11, 2008

I spoke to the sophomores fully about the combination not to answer, each student for himself. I explained to them the wrongness of their position at length. They listened in respectful silence. I asked them if they had anything to say, at the close. They appeared to have nothing. As they were going out I spoke to Edmund Smith, saying “Edmund you can see how intolerable the position taken, not to answer, is.” His reply was “It is burst up”. So the great combination is at an end. The fellows now all admit that their position was wrong, and untenable, and say that they went into it without thinking of its different bearings.

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