and others followed.
When these acceptances had been received, it was thought safe to issue an announcement, and the first public intimation of the scheme was made in a circular headed “Private
collegiate instruction for women,” issued on Washington
's Birthday, 1879.
It announced in rather vague terms that some of the professors of Harvard College had consented to give instruction to properly prepared women of a grade not below that which they gave to men, that certificates would be awarded to women who pursued the courses and passed the examinations satisfactorily, that the fees for tuition would not be over four hundred dollars and might be as low as two hundred and fifty, that seven ladies whose names were signed to the circular would assist the students with advice and other friendly offices and see that they secured suitable lodgings, and finally that applications might be made to the Secretary
Just previous to the publication of this announcement there had been a general meeting
of the seven ladies with the professors at my house, the venerable Dr. Hedge
presiding, when the whole subject was discussed.
It was evident that more discussion was necessary and the meeting adjourned for a week.
presided over the second meeting and stated that he was probably the only member of the faculty who had already taught women in his regular college classes.
He explained that in making grants of money to the “Agassiz Museum” the legislature of Massachusetts had stipulated that students in the Normals Schools
of the State
should be permitted to take the courses of instruction there, and that some women had availed themselves of the opportunity.
These two meetings showed that a