Princeton College Alumni
an insurance for ri.uoo. PRINCETON COLLEGE ALUMUX First Aaaaal DUsrr of the Rcaiocaf Oradaatea mf this City aaa Vicinity t prccb.es ot Ilea. William C. Alcxaa. der, Preside at 9IcCosh. Bev. Dr. II all, Rev. Dr. Carter aad Others. Hie first annual dinner of the New-York Alumni Association of Princeton College, composed of the graduates ef the Institution residing In this City and vicinity, was given last evening at Delmonlco's, and was attended by a large assemblage of the sons of the ancient institution. Princeton College was founded In 1747, and her students have come from all parts of the country ; of course a great many celebrated In every walk of life are numbered among her Alumni. Most of those who reside hereabouts were pres -ent last night. The feast was prepared In tbe best style of Delmonico, (to say more would be entirely supererogatory,) and the guests who, to tbe number of l&o, sat down at a little after A P. M., Rev. Ravand K. Rodgers. D. P., of tbe class of lftis. saying grace, had fully dispatched it by a little before 9 o'clock. Among the distinguished gentlemen present were President McCoeH, of Princeton College; Rev. Tiibodorb L. Cutler, Colonel William C Alexander, President of the Equitable Life Insurance Company, who presided. Dr. H. W. B. Woodhcli, Colonel Chas. O. Iolink, formerly on tbe staff of General Dix. Ex-Judge Slobson, Wm. C. Prime, Hon. A. O. Zabriskie, Chancellor of the State of New-Jersey, and Rev. John Hall, D. D. At the close of the repast, thanks were returned by Rev. C. K. Imbrib, D. D., and several ladles were admitted. Hon. Wm. C. Alexander, President of the Alumni Association of Nassau HalL of tbe City of New-York, who occupied the chair on this occasion, then arose and delivered a brief address, in which he traced the progress of Princeton College during the first twenty years of its existence, detailing tbe labors of those wbo bad laid broad and deep the foundations of an institution destined to become so eminent. He concluded amid prolonged applause. Tbe first toast, " Tbe President of the United States," was not responded to. The next, " Our Alma Mater," called forth President McCOfiii, who said that while Princeton College was tbe Alma tfaUr of most of those present, she was his A Ima Conjux. His friends when he left the old country had supposed he was going to a position of dignity and ease. Of the dignity he wonid not speak, for he had but entered on his duties, but be had certainly found no case since he took the position. For this the trustees, faculty and active students, at whose head he could not keep unless he ran very fast, were to Name. By all of these it was determined that Princeton should be tbe first college in the land. He hoped the Alumni would all come to tbe next Commencement, and described what they could see there. First, the College observatory, costing teo.ooo, erected in memory of General Halstrad; then the gymnasium, for which $30,000 had been already paid, and which among the students called forth plaudits for Robert Bonner aud H. Marquakd, whenever it was mentioned; then, there was Dickinson Hall, the President's house, North College and the Campus yet to be formed. He complimented John C. Green, whose munificent donations had been given for the building of Dickinson HalL He dwelt upon the curriculum which the College was hereafter to give, explaining its advantages. He praised especially the elective system by which students were allowed to pursue particular and select branches at will. This was the only true way to make first-rate scholars. The students had resolved that no more scurrilous. anoBymous publications should be made In eollege hereafter, and that the abusing of one class of students by another should no longer take J trace. The only thing wanting now was the en-lowment of a professorship of modern continental languages and - of scholarships that should encourage study. Princeton College was ao excellent place for the joining of North and South together. It had now seventy Southern and Border State students, and applications for admission from all parts of the Union. He enlarged upon the Importance of making Princeton College first among the institutions in the land, and concluded amid great applause. Tbe next sentiment. " The American Whig and Cliosoptno Societies." was responded to by Hon. John Slosson, of the class of 1833, who spoke pleasantly of the animosities between the rival college societies, and going back to his college days, noted bow few of his eollege mates were surviving, and told of the long Journey in the ancient time from this City to the site of tbe college. He recalled some agreeable reminiscences of his college days, and concluded amid great applause. The next toast, " Former Presidents," was responded to by ASB3BL Grkxn, who said he knew not why he was celled upon, unless it was because he was tbe son of one of the later Presidents. He recalled the names of the Presidents ef the College from the earliest times, eulogising many of them, and finally complimenting Dr. McCosH. the present President. Of the remaining toasts, The Trustees of the College," was responded to by Rev. John Ham, D. D. ; MTbe Faculty, by Rev. Ltman H. Atwater. D. D.; The Clergy," by Rev. Thkodorb L. Cotlrr, D. D. ; "The Press." by Wm. C Prime; " The Bar, by Hon. A. O. Zabriskis, Chancellor of the State of New-Jersey; M Tbe Medical Profession." by H. W. B. WooDHCLL, M. D., and - Sister Colleges, by Bev. Dr. H, M. Field. Toasts to the ladies and to the Alumni of Princeton College and miscellaneous sentiments followed, and at a late hour the pleasant party broke up.