A decade after her first visit, British feminist and author Emily Faithfull returned to Vassar. 

“The equipments of that institution are simply superb.... The new laboratory is almost equal to that of University College in London. And up there two miles from the city, hanging onto civilization by the skirts as it were, like a baby to its mother's gown. It is a sort of poem, in the vast volume of prose one goes through to get to it.     Emily Faithfull, The New York Star, April 27, 1883.