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To the Editors of the Crimson:
A course of lectures on "Historic Harvard," such as was suggested in the communication to yesterday's CRIMSON, could not fail to be very popular. The interest which the undergraduate feels in this subject is shown by the favorable reception given to "Harvard by an Oxonian." If an account of the University by a stranger has proved so acceptable, how much greater would be the interest in a course of lectures by some of the men who have themselves seen Harvard as she was in the old times, and have lived in constant and intimate association with her history and traditions. Such men, and there are plenty of them, could give us some account not only of historical occurrences, but of the college life itself.
The history of the University would fall naturally into four or five divisions. One lecture of the course might be given on its foundation and history during the colonial period, another on its part in the revolution, a third on Harvard before the late war, and a fourth on the part that she took in that war. Four men could certainly be found to lecture on these or similar subjects with great profit to the students.