North-East Harbor, ME: The Author, 1898. Autograph Letter. Single Sheet. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Very Good. Item #005490726
Autograph Letter Signed from Charles W. Eliot (Harvard President, 1869-1909), to LeBaron Russell Briggs. during a key period, are couple with humorous anecdotes and academic minutiae. 2 page, dated August 25th, 1898, holograph in bllack ink (likely in a secretarial hand), with a clear, crisp signature, from Maine. Eliot hurriedly changes his mind about replacing the infamouly rat-eaten diploma discussed in his letter of August 23, 1898, noting that someone using Blake’s rooms had left out cheese & crackers, attracting the rats. “I think Barton will have to content himself with a certificate”. Goes on to discuss a student, Harold S. Howard, having some difficulties, whose mother was wearing Eliot out with personal entreaties for sppecial treatment. Eliot was one of the truly great figures in the history of Harvard, serving forty years as President (1869-1909). LeBaron Russell Briggs, one of the great figures in the history of Harvard, Radcliffe, and the NCAA. Briggs was first Dean of Men at Harvard College, where he also served as dean of the faculty. He was also president of Radcliffe College and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.