Excerpt from Documentary History of Hamilton College
The present volume brings together all the available primary records relating to Samuel Kirkland's Plan of Education and the history of Hamilton Oneida Academy, the laws of New York and the proceedings of the Regents of the University of the State of New York so far as they relate to the Academy and the College, and selections from the proceedings of the Trustees and other papers of significance that illustrate the history of the College down to the semi-centennial in 1862.
The documents are copied from the originals in the College Library except as otherwise indicated. Those relating to the Plan of Education and the history of the Academy are for the most part selected from the Kirkland manuscripts deposited in the College Library by the courtesy of Thornton Kirkland Lothrop, Esq., of Boston, Mass. The extracts from the proceedings of the Regents are printed from a transcript kindly furnished by the Secretary of the Board.
The editors express their thanks to Mr. Nathaniel L. Goodrich, the Librarian of Dartmouth College, and to the authorities of the New York State Library and of the Massachusetts Historical Society for their help in obtaining copies of important papers: to Senator Elinu Root for his counsel in the selection of papers to be included; and to Dr. Alexander Coburn Soper and the friends of the College associated with him for assistance which made possible the publication of the book.
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