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Literary and Debating Society

Picture: Entrance to the Brothers in Unity Courtyard in Branford College, Yale University


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Hello! Welcome to the "Courtyard" - where we post our list of debate topics, social calendar, reports, photos and relevant news for our society's brothers. We also store our private records and brothers' directory on this website. For our brothers, please let us know how we can help you - whether it be letting us know you are coming into New Haven or if you would like to make a gift to the society. 

Brothers in Unity is proud to be a member of the Association of American Collegiate Literary Societies.


“A Freshman's Prayer on Thursday Night (1934)”


Hear the clumping of their feet

As they go marching down the street.

Perhaps some day, if I am good,

I may be of that Brotherhood.

There is something grand about a club

So few can join it, there's the rub.

And those outside are filled with awe;

What prompts such awe can have no flaw.

Oh, Lord, I pray Thee, let me be

A God in that Society.

For though I know not what they do

I greatly want to do it, too.

Private Collection

Check out The Brotherhood's privately acquired collection of rare books, letters and manuscripts written by society alumni from the 18th century to the 21st century. Descriptions are accompanied by dates of acquisition.

Left Photo: 1781 Letter signed on the front by Gen. Jedediah Huntington (1743-1818) - a Connecticut General in the American Revolutionary War and signed in the verso by Brothers in Unity member, Gen. Moses Cleaveland. An ardent patriot and Western Surveyor, Gen. Cleaveland later founded the city of Cleveland, Ohio in 1796. 

Letter acquired on November 1st, 2022


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