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                            South Hadley, 
                            March 17th, 1868. 
  
Dea. Geo. W. Hubbard. 
        My very dear Sir: 
  
      Yesterday in the mud & fog I went to Amherst & conferred with Professors Tyler & J. H. Seelye about a Woman's College. Miss Smith gave permission to confer with them as to the matter. They unhesitatingly say that such a college is a great need in our State. They will send me today their opinion in writing. Miss French, the Principal of this Seminary, I know, feels that we need in Mass. such a College, & is not afraid in the least of its injuring this seminary. I see also by the papers that such a college on a large scale is being established in England. I feel deeply that it is just the want of the age, & once established it will be as impossible to destroy it as it will our colleges for young men. It is desirable that the fund for its establishment be as large as it may be. It seems to me that all the funds except the $75,000 for An Academy had better be devoted to this. I am fearful that such a library as Miss Smith proposed to establish in Hatfield would not be a blessing to it. Books, unless they are good ones, are a great curse to a community. Such a large sum as she proposed would give them so much to spend for books that they would not be careful to get only good ones, but every kind of book would be brought in - & you know how prone the young are to take the bad rather than the good. In my judgment the interest of $5000, as a perpetual fund, would be an ample endowment for [the] library. Let the library be put permanently into one of the rooms of the Academy & be for the use of the school & the town. That would give three or four hundred dollars a year to be expended for books, & would be amply sufficient for the needs of the town. Fifty thousand dollars were all that was given for the founding of the Public Library for the city of Boston. My hope now is to get this thing so worked up that I can go to Hatfield this week on Friday, & if Miss Smith approves of it finish it. It has cost me a great deal of study & time & I want to get it off from my mind as soon as I can & have it done well. If I go to Hatfield on Friday I shall try to see you on the way. 

                          Yours very cordially, 
                              John M. Greene. 
  

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