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I have no doubt that the Latin and Greek I studied did me good.
All I can say is that I was not aware of it at the time.
We had at that time many advantages that have been denied to college students in recent years, but that may be restored to their successors.Nor did I have any idea of the particular kind of good it was intended to do me.Since I had got the habit of reading at home, I was perfectly willing to read anything anybody gave me.Since I admired my father very much, it became a point of honor with me not to like mathematics either. But when, at the age of sixteen, I entered Oberlin College, I found that the authorities felt that one hard course was all anybody ought to be asked to carry. Of course if you took Greek you were allowed to drop Latin. My philosophical attainments were such as may be derived from a ten weeks' course in the History of Philosophy.I do not remember anything about the course except that the book was green and that it contained pictures of Plato and Aristotle.