One of the most fortunate things for Harvard throughout her history has been her ability to retain the active interest in her welfare of so many of her sons after their real connection with her has ceased. Perhaps few graduates have manifested so much devotion to her interests as the late Dr. H. W. Bellows of New York. This characteristic of Dr. Bellows was well appreciated by the New York Alumni when they expressed their wish that he might represent them on the board of overseers; although, as will be remembered, he was prevented from taking his seat on that board because of certain legal technicalities which hindered the board from receiving him into their number.
Dr. Bellows had a warm interest in the Harvard Register until the untimely demise of that paper; and he contributed several articles to its columns. His interest in the Divinity School also was always active; and in many other ways he showed his concern in the prosperity of his Alma Mater and her sons. The Nation speaks of him with high praise as a citizen, and says: "He was the minister of a very small denomination, but there was no public interest which did not owe something to his untiring activity, his ready sympathy and generosity, and his remarkable powers of statement and persuasion."