Dec. 4, 1872.
My dear Mr. Green:
I went to Boston on Saturday. I conversed with gentlemen who feel an interest in Smith College, but they are unwilling to foretell any time when they will be able to help it. They are turning away applicants from Western Colleges, but they think that they will be obliged to aid these Colleges before they aid Smith College. They all unite in the conviction that the first aid must come from the Connecticut valley for Smith College.
I went out to Newton, and was disappointed in not seeing Rev. R. L. Storrs, D.D. Instead of seeing Dr. R. L., I saw Dr. H. M. Storrs. He thinks that the money can be raised in the Connecticut valley, and that rich men in the western part of the State can be induced to endow liberally an Institution which will be in the end so profitable to them. He and others say that the fire in Boston will so flood New York with agents that New York will be a poor place for making applications for aid just now.
I find it to be the general opinion that the Seminary is after all to be nothing more than other Female Seminaries, and I am asked often who is to be the President-ess. It is very difficult to efface the impression that the school is to be on a small scale. The popular mind is not educated up to the idea of a real College. It is impossible for us to make the right impression unless we have more funds. We cannot obtain the right men for President and Professors, unless we have an addition to our funds. Without these men we cannot make the right impression, and without the right impression we cannot obtain the right men. If we start the College with "Academy-teachers" we shall be nothing more than a Female Academy, and such an academy is not wanted at the present day; we have too many such academies now. If we do not obtain more funds we cannot begin the College aright, and if we make a wrong beginning we cannot rectify ourselves for a long time. I do not see, however, that it is possible for us to make a right beginning unless we have a larger pecuniary basis. I have great faith in you, that you can procure the requisite funds. Had it not been for the Boston fire, I believe that you would have collected already thousands of dollars. That fire drives us to the western part of the State at present and when we have explored that field Boston, perhaps, will be ready to aid us. I have no doubt that she will give us the requisite aid in process of time. It does not seem to me probable, however, that we can obtain much aid in this region until we have started the Seminary. When we have started it well, the discouraging influences of the fire will have passed away. "Men worship the rising sun."
My eyes have not allowed me to preach for four years. I cannot preach
at Northampton or anywhere for some time to come. I should be very
glad indeed to go to Northampton next Monday if I could, but it would take
me all of Monday and Tuesday to go and return; I must lose two lectures,
and I do not feel authorized to leave my class for two days. If I
could do so I would; but as I am obliged to avoid evening lamps I could
not without great difficulty speak at an evening meeting; and I therefore
do not think that it will do any good for me to go to Northampton on Monday.
I believe that you will say all that I could. I wish heartily that
my eyes were
Yours, with very high regard,
P.S. I have distributed about a hundred of the Circulars, and find
they produce a good effect.