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1 JOSIAH QUINCY III 1834 PRINTED PAMPHLET ISSUED BY THE HARVARD FACULTY WITH HANDWRITTEN NOTES BY THE PRESIDENT OF HARVARD REGARDING THE 'INQUISITION OF THE FACULTY'
BOSTON CAMBRIDGE MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA 1834 Manuscript Very Good 
On offer is a wonderful manuscript relic of Ivy League Americana being a 12 page printed pamphlet dated June 11th 1834, put forth from the Harvard Faculty and Josiah Quincy whose handwritten notes are evident. Josiah Quincy III (1772-1864) was a U.S. educator and political figure. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1805 - 1813), Mayor of Boston (1823 - 1828), and President of Harvard University (1829 - 1845). The historic Quincy Market in downtown Boston is named in his honor. Josiah Quincy became the first layman since John Leverett to assume the presidency of Harvard University. Known to be an administrator rather than an educator, Quincy met the Harvard Corporation's desire for someone with practical administrative experience. One of Quincy's major challenges as president was the taming of perennial student rebellions. Immediately after his election as president, Quincy informed the student body that the campus would no longer be a haven for lawbreakers. He challenged the students to improve their behavior and in doing so became most unpopular. Students continued to riot and burned Quincy in effigy in the College Yard. In 1834, after an open rebellion among college freshmen spread to other classes, Quincy suspended the entire sophomore class. Later on, with only the support of Corporation Fellows Nathaniel Bowditch and ex-President John Quincy Adams, Quincy faced down a threatened boycott of commencement exercises by the senior class. When the appointed day arrived, most seniors took their degrees. Further trouble erupted in 1841 when Quincy declared that public authorities would be brought onto the campus to deal with troublemakers. Rebellion broke loose on campus and an explosion occurred in the college chapel. When the smoke cleared, a note was visible on the wall, "A bone for old Quin to pick." Despite his best efforts, Quincy was never able to deal effectively with the student unrest. This pamphlet is directly associated to his efforts and researchers and historians will relish his holograph notes: page one has ink handwritten notes stating: "The following would not sign an approval of this circular - (he lists 7 faculty names i.e. Felton, Gleason, Clapp, Parker, Mason etc) - On Monday, June 30, 1834 - the whole Senior Class were called before an inquisition of the Faculty of the University, to answer certain questions respecting this document. None it is believed of any worth or proved ___? under the examination." There is more on page 8 where he writes the names of four "Committee" members. Light expected foxing but overall VG. 
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