The writer was a member of the literary class of 1858, a class great in numbers. It graduated forty-nine. It was the custom in those days for each senior to deliver an oration on commencement day. The class of '58 were limited to five minutes each, and they gave the audience a perfect fusilade of speeches for more than three hours at short range.
Thompson, Bradley M. "The First Law Class." Mich. Alumnus Q. Rev. 4 (1898): 298-301.