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Boys Will Be Boys . . .

David L. Cowen


Cowen writes about his experiences in doing research on the social life of Queen's College and coming across a 1776 letter by a twenty-year old student, Simeon DeWitt (1756-1834), who became Geographer of the Revolutionary Army, Surveyor General of New York, and Chancellor of the University of the State of New York. (There are others articles about him in this journal.)  DeWitt writes about a romantic fantasy which Cowen compares to a similar letter by Washington Irving written in 1804.  Both letters are reproduced in full.

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