Reports of the United States Commissioners to the Paris Universal Exposition 1878, Volume II
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Joshua Chamberlain, Lawrence Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Europe,
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Upon returning home the Bowdoin Orient reports that Chamberlain was thronged by students from the College eager
to escort him home, "To the baroche, drawn by four horses, he was conducted between the lines of students,
arranged in order with torches." A band led him on his way to his home. "When the
procession hand halted in front of his residence, the President expressed his many thanks to the students
for this hearty welcome, so unexpected to him, and their pledge to their friendship for him.
At the conclusion of his remarks, the air was rent with cheers for President Chamberlain and B-o-w-d-o-i-n."
Later in the week at a formal reception Professor Packard arose and "alluded to the fact that this was the
second occasion in the history of the College when its President was welcomed home from Europe."
"After expressing his gratitude to the Faculty and students for this kind reception, he spoke at
length of his mission to Europe, where he was sent as an Honorary Commissioner on Education.
His hearers were interested in listening to the results of his careful observation on the
various educational systems of Europe. The President, in closing, referred to the success of the
French Republic which he ascribed in a great measure to the dissemination of political education.
At the close of the speech, the students marched out by classes, each one shaking hands with the President on the way."1