superior boards, it was thought proper that they should be explained and vindicated to the public.
, accordingly, at the request of Judge Story
, Mr. Webster
, and Mr. Prescott
, wrote an article on the subject for the ‘North American Review.’
It was already in type, when the editor of that journal —although he had invited and accepted the article-informed Mr. Ticknor
that, by the advice of friends, he had decided that it would be inexpedient for him to publish it. The gentlemen who had originally counselled its preparation, and had themselves revised it in manuscript, then recommended its publication as a separate pamphlet.
This was done in September, 1825, and before the close of the year a second edition was called for and exhausted.
This pamphlet, referred to in the preceding letter, was designed to explain and defend the changes which it was supposed were to be carried out at Harvard
; changes which in no other way affected Mr. Ticknor
's relations to the College
than as they increased his labors.
After describing the state of the institution, and the grounds of the existing dissatisfaction with it, he entered upon the discussion of a question relating to the alleged legal right of resident teachers to become members of the Corporation; a claim which, in the manner it had been urged, resulted in a demand that the members of the Corporation should be appointed exclusively from among such resident professors and tutors.
This was an old controversy, recently revived.
availed himself of the ample notes from which Judge Story
had made an argument on this subject before the Overseers, together with suggestions from Sir. Webster
and Mr. Prescott
, in order to put on record, in a permanent form, the grounds on which this question, as a matter of law, had been set at rest.1
He then considered and answered the same claim, as a matter of expediency.
An historical statement follows, of the steps taken to bring about important changes in the College
, beginning with what