Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

After that came commencement day—that great day for which all other days were made. And it went. And that night I felt of myself all over, and to my astonishment, I found 'twas the same old Rud. Not a single cubit added to my stature; not a hair's breadth to my girth. If anything, on the contrary, I felt more lank and gaunt than common, much as if a load were off my stomach.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. I, p. 106, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to S.S. Perry, [c. September 14, 1842].

Written upon graduation from Kenyon College.
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