“After dinner on Thursday, Feb. 22 … if you have smelling salts, please produce them now … We held our first and second sessions in the Phi Gamma Delta rooms and the third in the Sigma Chi rooms !! Think of the generosity of the Greencastle boys and the glorious freedom of western ideas! I thought of the possibility of our Cornell boys tendering us the use of their rooms and smiled. At the rooms were met by a half dozen boys, one of whom made us welcome in a very neat speech, in which he told us they felt very much honored by our acceptance of their hospitality! The gentlemen then retired … the convention opened in earnest with singing and prayer, after which we listened to an address of welcome from one of the Greencastle girls.”
Extracts from Jessie Boulton’s letter (Iota/Cornell), 1883.