Seelye, Julius H.

1848 ALS as an Amherst student seeking (in vain) to convince a future Shakespearean scholar to not leave the College

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(1824-1895) Missionary, author, Mass. US Rep, and former president of Amherst College. The system of Latin Honors in use at many universities worldwide is said to have been created by him. Seelye attended Amherst College 1846-49, when he graduated, continued his studies at Auburn Theological Seminary 184952, and at Halle, Prussia 1852-53. Seelye was ordained in 1853 and was pastor of the First Dutch Reformed Church in Schenectady, NY to 1858 when he returned to Amherst as Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy until 1890. During that time, he was President of the Amherst College Corporation, a Trustee of Amherst College 18761890, and 5th President of the College 187790, where he began the nation's 1st student self-government. In 1872-73 he toured around the world. In Bombay he delivered a course of lectures entitled The Way, The Truth, and the Life, to educated Hindus. He was invited to work with the Christian Mission Society in India, but returned to Amherst. He was pastor of the Amherst College Church 187792 and also a trustee of Mount Holyoke College 1872-95. Seelye was a US Rep 18751877, the larger number of his speeches on various questions connected with the treatment of Indian tribes according to Christian philanthropy principles. He did not run for reelection to Congress as he had been named President of Amherst College in 1876. Seelye lectured at Andover Theological Seminary 1873-74 and was a member of the Board of Visitors 1874-92. He was the brother of Laurenus Clark Seelye, 1st President of Smith College. ALS, 3pp (10 x 8 folded grey sheet), Amherst College, February 25 1848, addressed on 4th page to Wm. Jas. Rolfe, Putney, Vermont. Writing to "Dear Billy", Seelye seeks to persuade Rolfe to remain at Amherst. While Seelye was unsuccessful, his letter attests to the strength of a friendship. Rolfe's later success as a scholar and author certainly without an Amherst degree should not reflect on the quality then of an Amherst degree. WILLIAM JAMES ROLFE (18271910) American Shakespearean scholar and educator. He attended Amherst College 1845-48 but left without graduating after 3 years due to financial hardship. Amherst later awarded him an honorary degree. He served as headmaster of high schools at Dorchester, Lawrence, Salem and Cambridge, Mass. 1852-68. Early in his career, he edited selections from Ovid and Virgil and (in collaboration) the "Cambridge Course of Physics" (6 vols., 186768). His Shakespearean work began with an edition of George Lillie Craik's "English of Shakespeare "(1867). This led to the preparation of the complete "Friendly Edition of Shakespeare" (40 vols., 187083; new edition, 190307). He also edited a complete edition of Lord Tennyson (12 vols., 1898) and verse by many of the other great English poets. He wrote a very useful "Satchel Guide to Europe" revised annually for 35 years, and: "Shakespeare the Boy" (1896); "The Elementary Study of English" (1896); "Life of Shakespeare" (1901); "Life of William Shakespeare" (1904); and "Shakespearean Proverbs" (1908).

Condition: Very good, some holds at the center fold from removal from a binding
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