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Satanus Diabolus Handbill Placed In Hymnbooks - Letters from Hell to President Bartlett, No. 3682. ..1887
Satanus Diabolus Handbill Placed In Hymnbooks - Letters from Hell to President Bartlett, No. 3682. ..1887


 
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A satirical letter written to criticize President Bartlett, the president of Dartmouth College. The letter is written from the devil to his servant, President Bartlett and critiques his reason behavior and decisions in regard to a 'Unitarian affair'. The letter is signed 'Your Master, Satanus Diabolus' which is Latin for 'Satan Devil'. Below are some quotes from the letter: "But some of your doings of late have given me pain... Now the ridiculous figure you cut at Senior Biblicals the other morning was enough to move a hardened crocodile to tears. The way you raged and stamped and yelled "take off your hat" reminded me of a senile buffalo in a fit of the tantrums." "And when you gave your three reasons, in such a magnanimous tone, why you had decided to allow students to attend Unitarian services, you did not mention the fourth very imperative reason, viz. :that the Trustees fell on you as wolves on a lamb (I beg pardon of the lamb for the comparison)." Single sheet. Measures 9 1/4" x 5".. An excerpt from Old Dartmouth on Trial: The Transformation of the Academic Community in  Nineteenth Century America by Mary Tobias ....An in 1887 a student (or students) placed a "Letter from Hell" in the students' hymnbooks, which they opened during required chapel services; it was addressed to President Bartlett and singed "Santanus Diabolu".