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17
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July
Year
1863
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The foflowing the reply of Dr. Haven to the Secretarv of' the Bard of Regents on being offiuiiilly informed ot election to the Presidency üf the University : Boston, Mass., June 30, 1863. D L. Wood, Esq., Diar Sir - I liave just reoeived your letter officially iufonning me thnt the Kegents of the University of Michigan have tmanitnoiuly eleeted me President of the University and iippointed me Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature. The offer of the Presidency takes me entirely by surprise, nnd when I Fefleet upoa the great responibilities of the office, the numerous and various interebts that it involvcs, and the qualities of mind and heart that its' duties wil! require, and the difficulties that ars inseparable from it, I atn inclined to shrink from so much labor and care. But 1 un not insensible to the opportunities for use'uliii'ss that it presente, Hnd I ara contid ■:n that all truefriends of the University will ustain and aid any rtiiin hom the Uegents eall to Mjch :i place, if he füithfully exert himsell for the good of the inetitution. I have an exalted idea of fb power and usefulness of the University of Michigan. It is, in many respect the most nteresting and important Univer(,ity in the United States. It has a marked and peculiar character, being a natural outgrovvth of our politica! and moral institut'ons. Honored by an invitation to preside over it, it does not become me, on icooiint of the ?uppnaed difficulties of the piuco, to decline a position which so judiuious a body oí men as the Regents offer me. Permit me therefnre, through you. toexpress to the Kegents ny profonnd tenee of the trust they have reponed iti me, Hnd rny acoeptitnce of the Hppointments with whiuh thcy have honored me. With the highest regard, I am very truly yours, E. 0. HAVEN. MEETING OF THE U.NIVEÜSITY SENATK, At a meeting of the Uuiversit Senate,heldon Monday, July 6th, 1863. present, Professors Williams, Sager, Douglass, Boise, Palmer, Winchell Walker, Cooley. Wood and Watson Professor Douglaes w;s called to the chair. The chairman presented papors signet by Professors Arnior, Gunn, Williams and hiiuself, and alfo by Dr. Pitchtr aga'mst any action being taken or opinión expressed at this meet ing upon the subject of the re moval of President Tappan. The same view beitig also stated by those present, the followiiig resolutions drafted by Professor Campbell, were unauimously adopted : WJiereas, Since the last meeting of this Senate a change has been made in the Presideney of the University, and the former President bas been superseded by the appointment of the Rev Dr E. O.Haven iu bis etead, who has sinoe formaliy aecepted the office; and IVJiereas, The occasion is one ■whicb renders it proper for us to expíes- our interest in the welfare of the Univer sity, and our views of th duty devolvinii upon us under theso circumstauces. Tberefore, it is Ji'esrilvett, Xtiat, not regara mg n a witiiin üur provinee to expresa any opinión ín regard to the propriety of the notion o f the Kennis in removing the late President, and therefore not de. ring or dexiguiug to expresa atiy, we reeofnize it as oui uiiquestioiiable duty, go long a wo retain our offices in the UniviTsity to acquicsce in such action as lauv be adopted by the Board of Regerits 'in the laful exercise of its authority as thegoverning body in this institution, and to do all in our power to raake sücfi action larnjonize with tbe piO8perity and advanoenient of the interestsof the University and of eduoation generally. Resolved, jhat, in our opinión, tbe intereptB of this University must always depend upon the co-opeiation of all those who are employed in, any capacity iu its service, and that with such co oprration there is little reason to fear that its character or [usefulnesi will be imperI iled. Jiesuked, That we recognize the aplointmeut of' Dr. Haveu as an accora j ilished fiot- as the present legally esablished order of tbiugs in tliis Univert$ - which lts peace and best interests will not allow to be treated as unsettled ir open to agitaiion and doubt, ai.d that we coidiaily exteid to ojir new Presilent our pledgö of an earnest disposiion to uiiito with lum in laboring for )urpo.es to which we have agreed to derote o;rselves by assuining our respeoive offices, and th:it we reeeive hiin in full coufidehce that bis character and büity will cnablo liiin t o secure the repect and leliance of the public aud the continuaiice of the estecm with which we welcome hiin. The foliowing resolution was also adopted UDacimouRly : Resolved, That fully appreciating the listinguiliod abüity and leaning of our ate President, we take thit) occasion to express to liini our feeüngs of personal eg:ird, and to heartily tender to him our most cordial wishes for his future appiness and usefulness. . THE ALUMNI OONVENTION. The followiNir resolutions wore adoped ut the Alumni Oonvenüon held in his city on tlu; 9th inst., with but bree or fonr dissenting votea: Wkereas, The Board of Regents of be UniverMtv "f Miühisran h:ivo noved, without notice, and without a iliblic statement ol thcir reasons, Dr. ïeni y P. Tuppsp, f rom Ihe office of .'resident of the fJniveraity, we, the luirtui of the Utiiv-eivity. rotding in his State, in couvention assemblee!, resolve, Fint, That as alumni of the University of Michigan, wa believe it our ■glit and diity in the present emergency, to i'üithl'iilly and unreaervedly exjre? our opinions in regard to its in erests and welfare; and in our action o-dav we will rise abnve all personal, selfish, parüsan, or sectarian inotivee, and endeuvor 10 frtrward its true iuterests and permanent prosperity. Second, Thflt we regard tha removal )f Dr. He.nry P. Tappnn from the Presdency of 'he Üniverfity, y the Board )f Kegents, uilhout notice, and witl.lut giving to the public their reasons or such removal, as most deti mental :o the University, and tinjust to Dr. Pappan, and in view of the provisión of the constituiion of this State, wh'tch makes the Pnsidrrit ix 'JJicio a member of the Board of Regeiüs, the presiding ifficer of that body, and thus chief executive rifficer of the University, as a proceeding most extraordinary and unprtcedenied. Third, That whi'e we recognize the valuable services of the Eegents and Professors, we consider the unparal leled puccews and 'vorthy reputation of the Univereity chiefiy owing to the ex traordinarv ability and upright character of Dr. Tappan. ftmrtJi, Tliat in our opinión the best interests of the Univetsity urgently de mand the restorittion of Dr. Tappan to the Presidency of the Universitv and the eb air of Ictellectua] and Moral Phiio8(.phy. F-itk, That we entertain the strongest regard for Dr. llaves as n man, and for the high qnalities which he brought to Üie discharge oí his duties is a former Professor in Ihw University; but, believing turnt a large nmjority of the people of Miclrgan desire the restora tion of Dr. Tappan to the offiues from which he has beun removed, and that Dr. Haven has accepted his appointnient to the Preeidency oi Ihe Univerhity under in entiro nisifiprehehf?ÍQD of the facts of Dr. Tappan's removal we urgently ri quest Dr. Haven to rei'onxider his acceptance of said j ment. Sisfh, That vvhile wo regard Uio office of the Rt-gt'iii. hs a snered trust, to be guarded wiih zcalou? care and preerved in ir íñtegi-ity, and approve of thuir genernl management of the interests of the University, we must MneereIv deplore Üieir action in thi.s oase, and earnesily lei'.omrnend a reeonsideration of Ihe Hiimi'. Resoh-ed, That under all eircurnst.ancei-. at ai! times, ind in ál! placep, we will iife (mr best e$ortH to taVM up and sustüin thé UhtVersity of Michigan, our loved Alma Mater. The folkiWi'ng ifretïioriffl was ilso recommenjed for ciroulation throughoiit thü State : To the Hon. Board if Beg&ntfi of thu Uiiiveiity if Michigan: Ttie undèrijgnèd, ynnr mernoriali.sts, jiiizenp of the Stfltë of' Miuliigan, respeet fullv represent: The UtiK'iT-ity projeoted to be estublished bv the earliest legislu'ion pertaining to the rrieat Northwesiern ter titory, lilierallv endovved hy C.itiirreH sional actión. and mude perpetual bv e.K)i"es8 compact, hai In.'en ciiinmilted o the people of the StHte as t soe:nn trust their re-ponsihle administratie n In this institntiun a the great centre iitd hisèd oí their edncationnl intere-ts th'y Feeognjae the soiirce ol invalnaV)le bleswiniH to themselves and their posterity. To your honorable body is uommitted bv the nrgahio luw the general supervisión of the UniverMty--rto. yon, is the agent of the great body of beneficiarios for wh'orn it was p.mabhshed. In yonr discretion they mtit--t largély confidi;. Nut upon trivial grounds, nor under doubtful tirciijBirtaocéö, wliould thoy imerpope voico or action to impetich the motives vvhich may govern dr ronder futile the mensures which may be acoptad by their agents. Il is eminently fit, liowever, thnt they innke knovvn to your honor.-.ble body such conclusión as they buve almly and deI libirately reached in respect 10 matters of vital moment to the interest of the trust. Your memorialista rloem theremoval of Rev. Dr. H. P. Tiippnn from the Presidency of the Univerity a serious blow to the Institution and ita futuro propperity, nnd they consider the modo aclopted therefor prejudicial to the permanent interest of the University, as well as unjiist to the object of their ac'tion. Dr. Tappan was pelected for the office by y our predecessors aftergreat deliberation nnd di%nt inquiry. Ho entered upoti hi dntius as "the cbiei offi eer fif the TJniveihity" at a time when tbc pffioB was not thought to present very important induoenients to an edueatcr whöse re(utation was already establiíhed, and whoso potútion as a mari of' trreat mtelleottial attainmentH and supeiior admiiiistra'.ive oapacity was not eluvated by bis selection as President. From our knowledge of hm career as Prusidenl; irom our acnuaintance with his system of discipline, his demeflnor withthe students, his eft'orts with the people to make known the Univer.-ily and its real character, and to increase the public inte-est in its welt'nrc; from bis eñlarged views of and elabórate dissertatioiis upon the educational interets of the State, and from his eain est and sneceesful appeals among onr citizens for the establishment of the 'Detroit Observatorv of the Universi tv;" frotn tho exalted charucttr wliioh he has attained as ;in ablo and eloquent divine, a Cbrisliári gei tleman oT juut and íibyraí spirit, and pbilóxophioal gcholar unsurpassed in attnitimenls, a patriot who lias inspired the noblest seutiments and aspirutions into the hearts ui :tll with vvliom he has been atsociated; irom the onttiusiastfö and almost nrianimüus verdict of the entirb body of studeivs who have been bommitt'_'d to his instruction; from the stront testimony of the great body of bis neifiiibors in Ann Arbor; your memoriulÍ8ts b lieve ihemselves jimliHed in declaring thac Dr. Tuppan has not inerited dixgriicéfal distjiissal from his office; and your ttiemoftaiints are in dttty bound tó pronounce Buoh ction, when taken without cliarjjv or aceusation from' a ny sou ree, without any open statement of ruasoos by your body, and without oppórtunily to liim to explain away or defend hinelf agáinst any al ]ei!cd grounds for difliriissa], an exercise of auihorily whii-h in temper and spirit is calcúlate! to itijure the University in respect to hu góvernriiental charaeter. And your nieinorialists re speetl'ully represent that in their judtrmout, and upon the various evidenee which tiiey possess, Dr. Tappan if un dtr ui existing eircumstances, tho most desirabiö ncimibent of the office of President of the University, most acceptable to the great body of tho peo pie of the State, and less likcly thnn any other person to créate discord, irritation, and oppowilion; and your memorialista therelore respectfull} urge upon your honorable body hm imme diate re-appointment to the Presidency.

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