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Heman Humphrey's Letter to Edwarwd Hitchcock, August 20, 1825

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When Edward Hitchcock was offered a professorship at Amherst College, the college's second president, Heman Humphrey, wrote to describe the position more fully, in answer to questions Hitchcock had about the amount of work involved, given his health concerns. Humphrey wondered if perhaps Hitchcock might be hired on with slightly less of a workload than that of the other professors. However, throughout his life, Hitchcock seemed to feel he was always on the verge of complete collapse, while at the same time producing prodigious amounts of high-quality work and taking on physical challenges that would have daunted most men his age.

Heman Humphrey
August 20, 1825
Courtesy of:
Edward and Orra White Hitchcock Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library