Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Happy BD, Ezra

It was Ezra Cornell's 200th birthday a few days ago, and the university is planning a year-long celebration. The Journal today had this long-lost letter, in which Ezra explains that it will not be a charity school but will cost $45 per annum.

All in all, I think Ezra and his pal Andrew D. White were pretty good guys. I wonder whether they'd be more inclined than the present leadership to grant the Town of Dryden an in-lieu-of-taxes donation. If we received monies on the land they own here, every resident's taxes would decrease by quite a bit more than $45 per annum.

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