The founder of one of America's oldest Universities will be honored tomorrow afternoon by the town of his birth when the Yale Club of Boston dedicates its new memorial tablet to Elihu Yale. It has been discovered in recent years that Elihu Yale was born in Boston and the tablet in his honor, will be placed on the north side of the Suffolk Bank Building in Scollay Square, a short distance from the site of his birth.
Hadley writes Inscription
President Emeritus Arthur Twining Hadley of Yale is the author of the following inscription which will appear on the tablet:
On Pemberton Hill
255 Feet North Of This Spot
Was Born on April Fifth 1649
Governor Of Madras
Whose Permanent Memorial
In His Native Land
Is the College That Bears His Name
Elihu Yale was the son of David Yale, a merchant whose house stood on what was then known as Pemberton Hill, a prominence about half-way from Scollay Square and the Court House, which was cut down in the last century. It was not until recent years that the birthplace of the Governor of Madras was located, owing to the fact that geneologists were net aware that David was the father of Elihu. During some researches carried on for English societies, it was discovered by Waters, a prominent Boston geneologist, that Elihu was the son of David Yale, or Yeale as the name was originally spelled, and that David's house was in Boston.
The World War and subsequent events delayed the erection of the memorial planned by the Yale Club of Boston, and it was not until 1925 that definite steps were taken to insure the erection of a plaque to the man who gave his name to an old American University.
The speaker at the dedicatory exercises to be held at 4.30 o'clock on Wednesday, at the site of the tablet, will be President James Rowland Angell, at Yale, who will also be the guest of honor at the annual Yale Club of Boston banquet at the University Club.
The part played by Elihu Yale in aiding the university which now bears his name was a large one for his aid came at a time when it seemed that the New World educational venture must go under due to lack of funds.