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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
letter, McIlvaine, Bedell, Kenyon College
McIlvaine, Charles Pettit, "Letter to Bishop Bedell" (1863). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 100.
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.
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.