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Problem in math department. Might get Bray of Lancaster on temporary basis, or fill post at once. Might get Professor Tappan of Cincinnati

ISBN

KMcI 630903

Date

9-3-1863

Keywords

letter, McIlvaine, Bedell, Kenyon College

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Cinc. Sept. 3 1863

My dear Bishop-

I have two courses in view as to the Math. Dept. First is to have a provisional Prof giving us time to look round for a permanent. I have inquired about Mr. Gray who was at Lancaster, + of whom I knew that his standing in Math. was high + that he has a genius + [?] for the study, besides having a [?] of study. I am inclined to think he would do well, + would like it + he might prove the man after a years [sic] trial & growth & experience for the permanency. It is much the best, [?] or even in some respect [?] leave, to take our own graduates + devote them. They already know + love + are zealous for the College. It is a reward to [?] more men.

The other is to get the permanent man at once, if we can get the right one.

I have for a year had my attention drawn to Prof. [Tappar] now engaged in the Colg. in Math. [?] as an Ohio man, an Episcopalian, a pious man, in full sympathy with us. ^ He is a native of Steubenville, son of the late Judge [J/T] of that place. I had heard of him as a Math. genius, + good teacher. Knowing that Mr. [Leavitt] knows him very well, I wrote him for his [?], as Leavitt is a considerable Mathematician + I have just recd the enclosed - I will [purpose]my inquiries about him + Gray.

Charles had his first Sunday this week. He writes in very good spirit, + Mr. Robins has written me a most gratifying account of his first two services + the [gratification] of the people

Simplicity in reading the service + in the style of sermon is a charming feature of my dear boys [sic] official character + manner.

Yours affectionately

Chas.P.McIlvaine

Of course keep Leavitts [sic] letter. A letter today from Dr. Sumther + another from his son. The former indicates his expectation to resign sometime during the [?] year, but specifies no time intending to begin the term as much. The letter indicates it as his [?] intention to resign with reference to ceasing [convention] at the end of the fall term. The Dr. says he would write Dr. [?] next day.

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I have a letter also from Dr. [Tyson] about [??] in kind spirit wishing to do as I desire. I have also [?] look who for Tyson sent but have not yet read it.

Letter to Bishop Bedell

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