The Author, 1901. Unknown. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" / No Jacket. Item #005490727
Autograph Letter Signed from Charles W. Eliot (Harvard President, 1869-1909), to LeBaron Russell Briggs. These letters include both statements of Eliot’s clear admiration for Briggs, and evidence of the mentoring in leadership he provided. True testaments to the leadership provided by these two memorable figures in Harvard’s history during a key period, are couple with humorous anecdotes and academic minutiae. 2 sheets; 8 written panels, dated March 13, 1901, entirely in Eliot's hand, with a crisp, bold signature. A long, flowing letter following Briggs’ return from a meeting of leaders from eminent colleges and universities, with extensive content, including discussion regarding the factors and effort that went into keeping Harvard influential, as well as some laudatory and some caustic commentary about Stanford University and other prominent schools and personages. Eliot goes on to discuss students of humble origin: “the sons and daughters of mechanics, farmers, and shopkeepers have not only the bodily characteristics of persons of ‘gentle birth’ but their best mental and spiritual qualities. Wendell’s frequent discourse on the subject of birth & descent seems snobbish in an American, and will cause many people to underestimate his judgement and good sense.' An extraordinary letter with remarkable content. 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.