In the bequest to Harvard from the late Mr. Jones of Boston, it will be seen that while the gift was to be used for a scholarship fund, the faculty was yet left to determine to which part of the university the proceeds of the fund should go. Thus the gift was made, in a way, perfectly freely, and the use of it was left to the discretion of the faculty. This is the spirit in which nearly all bequests to Harvard should be made. No one can tell so well as the faculty what the greatest needs of the university may be; and even if they were known at the time the deed or bequest was made out, it is not at all improbable that by the time the funds became available for use the wants of the university would be changed entirely. Unless the donor for some special reason has some definite purpose to which he wants his money put, he is more sure of having his bequest do the most good if he leaves the directing of it to those who are most intimately concerned with the university and all its needs.
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