Harvard University. June 3, 1890. Mr. Samuel Dexter, Chairman:
Dear Sir:- At its meeting this afternoon the Faculty of Arts and Sciences adopted the following resolutions:
"Resolved, That the Secretary of the University be requested to acknowledge the receipt of the communication from the mass meeting of students held Monday evening, and to inform the committee that the Faculty receives with satisfaction the assurance that the misconduct of Saturday night is heartily condemned by the public opinion of the students."
Complying with this vote, I am very faithfully yours, FRANK BOLLES, Sec'y H. U.A. H. Williams, '91, said that while he believed that the resignation of the committee appointed Monday night ought to be accepted, another committee ought to be appointed to do the work they refused to do.
The resolutions adopted by the students were empty words or would go for that; the only way for the students to make it perfectly plain that the outrages of Saturday were never to be repeated was to go to work vigorously to ferret out the offenders. Morever the action taken by the students Monday night was approved by the public press and apparently by the people at large. To fail to carry out the intentions of the previous meeting was tantamount to backing down from our position.
Mr. Garrison said that since he had made the motion of the night before to appoint the committee, he wanted to state that his object in wording the motion as it was put was that the students should not be committed to employing detectives. That part of the business was expressly left to the discretion of the committee. This committee had decided that in their judgment this was not the proper thing to do, and feeling that in their refusal to hire detectives they might not be supported by public opinion they had decided to call a second mass-meeting. Mr. Garrison then moved that the same gentlemen be elected a committee to receive subscriptions to pay for the property destroyed last Saturday.
This motion was finally carried after the same arguments on both sides had been discussed and enlarged. In the discussion the following men took part: Messrs. Dahlgren, Garrison, A. H. Williams, R. B. Hale, Chittenden, Duncan, Hunneman, Endicott, Wheelwright, C. A. Bunker, C. F. Adams, S. Dexter 1st, Gould, Rand, Putnam and R. F. Herrick. It was stated among other things that the Faculty were, as a majority, opposed to hiring a detective. This statement had a great effect upon the students and it was proposed to send a committee of three to find out what the Faculty desired, with full powers to act upon their suggestion. This proposition was discussed for some time and finally dropped.