Boston: Lee and Shepard; New York: Charles Dillingham, 1883. First edition. 8vo, removed pamphlet (retaining the front wrapper), 38 pages. A bit soiled and worn, with a little light staining to the wrapper and along the upper edge of the text block; a very good copy. Item #16633
"The classic tongues were far more remote from our world than they had been from the world our fathers lived in. They are much more remote from the world of to-day than they were from the world of thirty years ago. The human mind, outside of the cloisters, is occupied with other and more pressing things. Especially is it occupied with a class of thoughts--scientific thoughts--which do not find their nutriment in the remote past." Perhaps the second most important Phi Beta Kappa address to be delivered at Harvard, the historian and railroad executive's indictment of a classical education. Adams--himself a Harvard man and of course the great-grandson of John Adams (who founded a classical academy in Quincy)--was perhaps the clarion call at the vanguard of college reform; in 1886, Harvard abolished the requirement for Greek for admission. Some penciling in the prelims. Neatl but somewhat clumsy early stitching along the spine.