The undergraduate committee have consulted a large number of graduates on the subject, and have thus far met with a very cordial reception. Their next step will be to distribute among the graduates a pamphlet explaining the details of the plan, and stating approximately the sum necessary for its execution.
The letter follows:
BOSTON, Feb. 8, 1898.
GENTLEMEN:- On behalf of the Committee of Graduates of the University, organized some two years ago to forward the project of a University Club, I would say that we heartily endorse the movement on the part of the undergraduates which you now represent.
The Committee understands that the present project is to organize a University Club which would form a nucleus of University, rather than undergraduate, life. Such a club, formed on a proper basis, would imply, we think, an outlay for building purposes, etc., of from $200,000 to $250,000, and an annual expense for maintenance of from $25,000 to $50,000, to be derived from all available sources.
The Committee of Graduates thinks it extremely doubtful whether so large a sum as this could at this, or, perhaps, at any time, be raised by general subscription. The members of the Committee do, however, believe that a campaign of education could now be advantageously entered upon; and are not without hopes that some graduate may be found who would be willing to do for Harvard what has been done by the Houston family for the University of Pennsylvania. In any event, they would gladly co-operate in any effort to that end, and believe a beginning should be made.
Meanwhile, as a preliminary step, we would suggest that the matter be brought, at the earliest practicable moment, before the Corporation of the University, with a request that it give the project serious consideration; and if, in the judgment of its members, it is expedient, that they will assign a suitable site for the building of the proposed club within the limits of the College Yard, if possible, in case the necessary funds for its construction should within a reasonable time be forthcoming.
This action would, at least, put the scheme in practical shape, and afford those interested a basis upon which to work.
The Committee of Graduates will be happy to cooperate with you in presenting the subject in this shape to the Corporation.
I remain, etc.,
CHARLES F. ADAMS.James H. Hyde, Esq., and others, Committee of Undergraduates, Cambridge, Mass.