OLD INSCRIPTION UNCOVERED SETTLING DATE OF COLLEGE FOUNDING
Assistant Professor K. B. Murdock, '16, Discovers Inscription. In West Wall of College Yard.
An inscription that would seem to solve the mooted point of the date of the foundation of the college was uncovered yesterday by Assistant-Professor K. B. Murdock '16. Professor Murdock an antiquarian of distinction has long been engaged in the search for absolute proof in the matter. It has long been believed that the college was founded in 1636 but there was no definite proof other than the reminiscences of some of the faculty members. The new inscription hitherto in a hidden and secluded spot bids fair to settle the matter for all time.
The inscription was transcribed as follows:
By the GENERAL COURT of MASSACHUSETTS BAY
28 October 1636 Agreed to Give 400 * Towards a Schoale or Colledge Whearof 200 *
To Bee Paid The Next Yeare & 200 * When The Worke is Finished & The Next Court
To Appoint Wheare & Wt Building 15November 1637 The Colleg is Ordered
To Bee At Newetowne
2 May 1638 It is Ordered That Newetowne
Shall Henceforward Thereafter. Verient Reading Be Called Cambridge 13 March 1638-9 It is Orderd That The Colledge
Agreed Upon Formerly To Be Built At Cambridg
Shalbee Called HARVARD COLLEDGE
Professor Murdock plans to give his discovery to the world in four volumes.