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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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to which I shall gladly return when I return
hither.

Charlottesville, Va., June 26. In the
evenings I see company, either at home or at the
houses of some of the professors of the University.
These good gentlemen have now a deal to do
regarding the examination and the preparation of
testimonials and diplomas. Two of the young
students are to deliver farewell addresses before they
leave the academy, where they have now finished
their studies with honor, and I am invited to
hear them.

28. I heard one of them yesterday evening,
and if the second, which I shall hear this evening,
is of the same character, as I expect it will be, I
shall not have much pleasure in it. It is amazing
what an enslaving power the institution of slavery
exercises over the minds of the young, and over
intelligence in general; and the young speaker of
yesterday evening belonged to this enslaved class.
He was a young man of refined features and a
certain aristocratic expression of countenance, but
without any peculiar nobility. He is celebrated
for having passed through a splendid examination
and for possessing great talents as a speaker.
And his speech really flowed forth with a rushing
rapidity; but such a shooting across the United

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