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To the Editor of the Crimson:
I am sorry to see your news column supporting the ancient fable, "The jealousy of Harvard postponed the founding of Amherst College for more than half a century". The proposed Queen's College at Hadley in 1762 had about the same relation to Amherst as Harvard would have had to Yale if Harvard had never been founded. Harvard successfully opposed the chartering of Queen's College for good and sufficient reasons; but it made no opposition to the founding of Amherst College in 1821, despite the fact that Harvard godlessness was one of the alleged reasons why a college was needed in the Connecticut Valley. The man who made the strongest speech for the chartering of Amherst in the Legislature was a Master of Arts of Harvard; the first large benefactor of Amherst College was David Sears, a Harvard graduate; and a subscription for the Amherst Library, which was on view when I last visited the College, shows that Harvard professors and graduates contributed liberally to building up the collection of books at Amherst College.
At Harvard's bicentenary in 1836, the presidents of all the New England colleges were invited; but only President Humphrey of Amherst came; and it was he who opened proceedings at the famous six-hour dinner on the site of Widener.
No two colleges in New England have had more friendly relations than Amherst and Harvard. It is, therefore, regrettable that this fable of Harvard jealousy should be given further life.