[Hanover, N.H.? n. p., 1835]. First edition. 12mo, original printed green wrappers, 23 pages. Soiled and somewhat foxed throughout; light vertical crease; a good, sound copy. Item #14472
Popular Dartmouth chesmistry professor Benjamin Hale was forced out when the Trustees dissolved the position he held; the Trustees claimed he had been eased out the door for reasons of economy and not because Hale was also an Episcopal clergyman, though the latter reason ended up being common report. This pro-Trustee pamphlet argues in part that Hale should have taken his dismissal quietly--"Had Mr. Hale, after the first glow of surprise and and [sic] even indignation, looked coolly and prudently at the matter, and made up his mind to say, 'Well, I am content, I am wanted elsewhere; I am solicited from various quarters; I have been some time contemplating the entire devotion of myself to the ministry. If the Trustees think this change important to the college, I will yield to it, and make the best of it for myself and them;' had he reasoned thus, the Board would have given him credit for real magnanimity and a true regard for the welfare of the institution." Alas, Professor Hale was not content to allow himself to be forced from his job and instead defended himself--prompting this pseudonymous author to attack Hale's skill as a teacher, his financial dealings in establishing the college mineral cabinet, his pernicious influence on impressionable young Congregational students, etc. Small early autograph red ink number at the head of the front wrapper.