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1824-06-01, Davis. Amherst College
SEE ALSO 51688, 51704, 51715 This is an Extra Sheet from the American Statesman providing the remarks of the Honorable Daniel Davis, Solicitor
General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, about a charter for Amherst College. He said that if the members were not satisfied by the testimony on June
1, 1824 from the President of Amherst, nothing he could say would satisfy them. He then proceeded to fill many column inches of very small print
with his thoughts. Amherst College was founded to educate youth of moderate circumstances in literature, science, and religion. Williams College was in
opposition to the charter because Amherst was its competition. In 1815, Williams thought it needed to move, so it scouted among some towns to see
what a town would give to have Williams move there. Eventually a $50,000 subscription was raised, but the Legislature forbade the move. The subscribers
decided to build a college anyway and with the money and in-kind labor and materials, built and equipped and staffed several buildings and got
Amherst up and running. The subscription document and the financial records were all available for examination. The College continued to be well supported
with about 50 scholarship students out of 126 students overall. It would be foolish to close the school and tear it down. Most students in the area
would find it too expensive to go to Harvard or elsewhere. Did the Legislature ever promise Williams there would be no other colleges? The
opposition said Amherst was out to destroy Williams, which was nonsense. Such bitterness was hard to understand. Yes, Amherst should have a charter--now!
(Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   American statesman : extra sheet.
OCLC Number:   1355352697
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