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Boston: Printed by James Loring, (1834). First edition. Lacking wrappers. Presentation copy: "A. Holmes from President Quincy" on the title. This reports actions taken by the administration in response to the "Dunkin Rebellion" at Harvard. A member of the freshman class refused to recite for Greek tutor Christopher Dunkin, resulting in expulsion. This incident prompted members of the freshman class to riot for his re-instatement. Fires were lit, Dunkin's room was trashed, and two Harvard maintenance men were severely beaten when they tried to intervene. President Quincy, 62 years old and "The Last of the Federalists" (McCaughey, 1961), would not ease the traditional strict Harvard discipline and punished the freshmen mercilessly; the other classes joined on the side of the freshmen. Henry David Thoreau was a member of the freshman class, but took little part in the controversy, according to fellow freshman John Weiss: "He must have slipped off to some cool retreat or mossy cell" (quoted in Harding, 1965. But, there is evidence that Henry did write a letter in support of class mate Giles Whitney, who had been expelled for making offensive noises in (mandatory) chapel. A. Holmes is likely Abiel Holmes, pastor in Cambridge, a relative by marriage of Quincy, and the father of Oliver Wendell Holmes. Removed from a bound volume, trimmed to 5 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches, else Fine.
Title: Proceedings of the Overseers of Harvard University, the Report Accepted, and the Resolution Adopted by Them on the 25th of August, 1834, Relative to the Later Disturbances in that Seminary.
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