In the form of a very tasteful little book there have lately been published "Four Addresses by Henry Lee Higginson," delivered on various occasions to Harvard men. Two of the four, anonymously distributed in the University last spring, have already become known here. The present volume comprises, in addition to these and to the photogravure portraits which were bound with them, the first address on the Harvard Union, delivered at a mass meeting in Sanders Theatre, November 13, 1899, and an address on Robert Gould Shaw, also delivered in Sanders Theatre, at the time of the unveiling of the memorial monument in Boston. The first three addresses are well known to men still in College; of the last no more need be said than that it is a fitting companion for the speech on Soldiers Field.
These addresses already hold a place of their own in the literature of the University, and seem bound to be valued more and more. They reflect in a singular way the personality of the man who has given them to us. They seem like concrete phrases from the vaguer atmosphere of Harvard tradition. They are filled with the earnestness that gives conviction, and with a simple artlessness more inspiring than the highest art.
[Four Addresses by Henry Lee Higginson, Boston: D. B. Updike: the Merry-mount Press Price 75 ceats].