In a review of an extended history of Bowdoin College, which has just been published, the Advertiser says: "Such a history as that of Bowdoin is an answer to the inquiry raised not seldom, What end is answered by a country college? The consolidation of the smaller institutions, though they have lived long and honorably, with the colleges whose wealth and high fame command the patronage of the country, is lightly urged. There are cheap colleges by the dozen in America, some of them not worth consolidating with any reputable institution. But New England country colleges, like Dartmouth, Williams, Bowdoin, Amherst, do they deserve the merging which is sometimes flippantly suggested?"
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