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Ramsey asks the trustees to reinstate him and permit him to receive a diploma.
Having been debarred for some time past from the priviliges
resulting from your
it gave reason to the faculty to
imagine that I wished greatly to add to the confusion which universally spread
The reason upon which was founded my suspension appeared to have
been the act of firing
one pistol and if it is any
palliation of the crime, it did not take place within the hours prescribed by
law for study, nor at night when amid the
silence of darkness the cracking of a pistol might have caused greater
This I mention with the hope of convincing the
I shall now go on to Solicit of the
d.3 I have
also to mention that should this request be agree'd to, I have not pretended to
commit to memory any part of my studies as is done at College, only to attend
to general subjects, and that being deprived before of the aid before afforded by the distinguished
Having been ever since the beginning of the year 1803
under under the protection of your
guardianship, and having received the first rudiments of my classical education
at this institution, having long been inspired with an affectionate fondness
for its prosperity; and never before during that time being
censured by the Faculty for the least offence,
whilst scores of my fellow-students have been suspended and admonished, (some
even expelled) and again readmitted these things being considered, I fervently
hope that the
o A. Ramsey
m on top of
(London: W. Strahan, 1783);
Lectures on Rhetoric
and Belles Lettres
r ob t s t": your obedient servant.