March 31st, 1868.
Dea. Geo. W. Hubbard
I feel a deep interest in the paper wh. I put into your hands yesterday. It has cost me no little labor in studying it out. It has been as much of a study to decide what I should not say as what I should. Such a paper needs to be specific enough, or enter into details enough to embody general principles, & then leave the rest to the wisdom & experience of a large number & to the developments of time.
Miss Smith has had an idea of founding a hospital of some kind near or in Boston. I have told her, & it might be well for you to tell her the same, that there are many men of large property in & around Boston who would eagerly embrace the opportunity to erect such a monument to themselves if any such thing were needed. It is simply foolish for her to think of putting that money down there. I have been watching the developments of things for some years & I am fully persuaded that the next great movement forward in our State is to be for the higher education of women. It was a wise disposition of her property seven years ago to found an institution for Deaf-mutes, but that opportunity is now past. Another & greater object has come up now & that is a Woman's College. I have got much testimony as to the need of such an institution. In drawing up the plan & in all my advice to Miss Smith I have not lost sight of the best interests of Hatfield. Her first impulse seven years ago was to appropriate her money to some object out of the town - but I have always advocated the claims of her own native town. I feel no less desire to do the town in which I have lived ten years any good in my power now than ever. I have loved the people there & I love them still. If I regarded solely the memory of Miss Smith I should advise her to put the whole of her property into a Woman's College - one monument raised high is seen further than two lower ones. But Hatfield has expected an Academy. The College will give education directly to only a few in the town - the Academy would educate all the young. The town ought to have it. And with a wise management of the funds the two objects can be accomplished, i.e., the Academy & the College. Now, my dear Sir, we always have seen things very much alike; & I trust that in this great matter, as it truly is, & which is to affect posterity very deeply, we shall have the same illuminating Spirit & be enabled to stand together in our advice to Miss Smith & in the carrying out of the plan, if God shall spare our lives for that. I do not know that I have any selfish end in view. I desire simply to see Christ honored & the greatest good done to my fellowmen.
If you will designate a day when you can give an hour to it I will, Providence permitting, meet you in Northampton & we will confer together about this matter.
Yours very cordially,