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We have Gov. Butler's own assurance for it that he is perfectly competent to read and translate the Latin degree of doctor of laws given by Harvard, a thing which few other men in the country are able to do. This certainly implies a vast amount of learning in his excellency, and it was, perhaps, in consideration of this that Williams College some years ago dubbed him LL. D. The governor does not appear to be so strong, however, in English literature as he is in Latin. Friday last, in the course of a speech, he referred to Longfellow's "Brook" and quoted the lines:

"Some may come and some may go,

But I go on forever."

Of course there is no real harm in an ordinary governor's mangling a quotation in this manner, but that one who aspired to a Harvard degree on the ground of his learning should thus betray himself is truly painful.