"My hardships were excessive"
When we were young and sturdy The year was 1772 and, against the advice of his father and friends who "regarded it as a visionary and wild undertaking," a young man by the name of Joseph Vaill left the relative comfort of his Connecticut home and started out for Dartmouth. He earned money at the College-owned sawmill for two years before entering with the Class of 1778, and his account of work and student life later appeared in Isaac Parson's Memoir of the Life and Character of Rev. Joseph Vaill (reprinted in A Dartmouth Reader ). It is, especially, an account of hard WORK, but even some of today's well-fed students may find in Vaill a kindred spirit. As with many of them, he graduated from Dartmouth in debt.