- Letter penned in black ink & filling 2 sides of a sheet of note paper folded to form 4 sides, each 8-1/2 inches high by 5 inches wide. Signed "T. Dwight." The letter is docketed on the 4th side. There is a paper-clip mark on the top edge of each side with some minor soiling to the 4th side. Folded 3 times for mailing. Very good.
Dwight writes to a friend explaining somewhat circuitously why he has not been able to let him know whether he may or may not be attending a supper following a meeting of Yale graduates in Boston. "An invitation having been received by Pres. Woolsey, asking the presence of such delegates at the supper, as the Faculty might nominate, the Faculty, much to my surprise, voted to send me as one of the delegates, and I have been much inclined to go. I have been unable to determine, however, with absolute certainty until now, and even now I find certain unforeseen circumstances which may keep me at home. If I am able to be with you I shall greatly enjoy it, but if I am detained at home, at the last moment, you must not suppose it is through any want of good will or regard for you and my other friends in Boston...".
Timothy Dwight V [1828-1916] was an American academic and educator and a Congregational minister. He was educated at Yale and became professor of sacred literature in the Divinity School in 1858. In 1886 he was elected president of Yale College. It was during his years as the school's president that Yale's schools first organized as a university. His grandfather was Timothy Dwight IV, who served as President of Yale College ninety years before his grandson's tenure.