The current issue of the Nation contains a review on "American Constitutions: The Relations of the Three Departments as Adjusted by a Century. By Horace Davis, of San Francisco, Cal. [Nos. IX.-X. of the Third Series of the Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science.] Baltimore."
At the beginning of this review the Nation says: "If the Johns Hopkins University had no other reason of existence, its publications in this department would entitle it to national honor, while its actual achievements are only a foretaste of future possibilities. The men who are most competent to investigate our political history are not always willing or able to incur the cost of publications for which there is but a limited demand."
In regard to these series of the "Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science," it is worthy of note that the writers of the various studies are by no means all Johns Hopkins men. Harvard and other colleges have been well represented. Indeed the writer of this new work, "American Constitutions," is a Harvard graduate of the class of 1849. And yet Johns Hopkins is getting all the "national honor" that comes from the publications; and of course she deserves it, as long as she is the only institution that offers such advantages to writers. It is, however, to be regretted that other institutions do not move in the same path. And we wonder that Harvard does not seek after some of this "national fame" which has so deservedly come to Johns Hopkins. If Harvard undertook to publish the meritorious works of her graduates, there can be no doubt that those Harvard men, who have hitherto gone to Johns Hopkins with their writings, would gladly turn to their alma mater. We can hardly conceive of any move that would give a greater impulse to advanced study in Harvard circles than the publication of "Harvard University studies in Historical and Political Science." And why only in these departments? Surely the matter would be profitably extended to other departments as well. We see no reason why mathematics philosophy, philology and the natural sciences, should be made so subordinate to history and political economy.
Here certainly is an opportunity for some wealthy friend of Harvard to spend a portion of his wealth in an exceedingly useful way, - useful to higher education and to Harvard's "national reputation."