Bloomington, July 23rd, 1858, My dear Brother, Dr. Parvin of Indianapolis an alumnus of the University made the annual speech before the alumni at the late Commencement. He chose our Father (Andrew Wylie) for his subject. This speech is universally admitted to be a very able effort. It is now proposed to publish this speech by subscription. Each subscriber being entitled to his proportion of copies. It will be gotten up in a neat style, containing about 40 pages. Prof Wylie was down last night and requested me to write to you and Mr. Bell and ask your aid in this affair. He says that it is more appropriate that this speech should be published, since there has as yet nothing been published of father's life. Should you do anything, please write as soon as possible. They wish to put it through the press as soon as they are able. More than one half of the subscription is already taken. The Commencement exercises were very interesting. There were about 40 of the alumni here. They had a public supper on Wednesday evening which day is appropriated each year to their use.