Sever 11 was filled last evening by undergraduates, graduates and professors to hear Major Higginson speak about his gift to the college. President Eliot read the following letter, which explains itself:
BOSTON, June 5th, 1890.
TO THE PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge:
The deeds of Miss Willard's estate will be passed to you today, and with them my wish in regard to it.
The estate henceforth belongs to the college, without any condition or restriction whatsoever, and for use in any way which the Corporation may see fit.
My hope is that the ground will be used for the present as a play-ground for the students, and that in case you should need the ground by and by for other purposes, another play-ground will be given to the students.
But the gift is absolutely without condition of any kind.
The only other wish on my part is that the ground shall be called "The Soldiers' Field," and marked with a stone bearing the names of some dear friends, alumni of the University and noble gentlemen, who gave freely and eagerly all that they had or hoped for to their country and to their fellow men in the hour of their greatest need the war of 1861 to 1865-in defence of the Republic.
JAMES SAVAGE, JR.
CHARLES RUSSELL LOWELL.
EDWARD BARRY DALTON.
STEPHEN GEORGE PERKINS.
JAMES JACKSON LOWELL.
ROBERT GOULD SHAW.