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1851 Commencement Speech
by M. Edgar Richards

 

M. Edgar Richards' essay "Improvements of the Age" was the last of twelve student orations listed on the program for the July 3, 1851 commencement of Penn's College Class of 1851. The seven page manuscript of Richard's tongue-in-cheek commmentary on mid-nineteenth century progress is available here as both facsimile and transcription.

 

CONTENTS:

Facsimile pages :Title 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Transcription: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

 

TITLE PAGE

Facsimile of title page: M. Edgar Richards, Commencement Speech, July 3, 1851, University of Pennsylvania