Woodrow Wilson 1892 Typed Letter Signed as Princeton Professor


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28th President.  Typed letter signed “Woodrow Wilson” as a Professor at Princeton University, July 4, 1892, 7.75×10.25, to Professor A.T. Hadley, in full:

I owe you an humble apology for not having answered sooner your kind letter of the 6 June.  When it came, as well as for some weeks after its arrival, I was in the throes of reading some four or five hundred examination papers.  So soon as that ordeal was over, my house filled with commencement guests.  When they were gone, I had to run off to see my brother and his new-made bride in South Carolina.  It is only within the last week or so that I have been sitting in my right mind.

If I had thought it possible that I should be able to contribute something within the period you name to the pages of the admirable Yale Review, I should have written you a short note to say so at once.  But, knowing that I must make my excuses, I waited to write a more extended epistle.

Some three years ago I was indiscreet enough to promise Messrs. Longmans, Green, & Co. an ‘American Epoch’ on the period 1828-’89.  I promised it when I was lecturing on American history; but had hardly promised it when I ceased to lecture on that or any other period of history, and began to work in my special field of jurisprudence (or rather institutions) here.  This made the Epoch vacation work or nothing.  Last summer was devoted to it; this summer must be also; and I dare not promise  anybody anything until the dreadful little volume is off my hands.  That’s my excuse.  I know that you will pardon and pity me. 

Mrs. Wilson joins me in very cordial regards, and in the very sincere hope that we may meet soon again, all of us.

Arthur Twining Hadley graduated from Yale College in 1876, where he was a member of DKE and Skull and Bones, and received prizes in English, classics and astronomy. He then studied political science at Yale (1876–1877), and at the University of Berlin (1878–1879) under Adolph Wagner. He was a tutor at Yale in 1879–1883, instructor in political science in 1883–1886, professor of political science in 1886–1891, professor of political economy in 1891–1899, and first Dean of the Graduate School in 1892–1895. His course in economics became a favorite of undergraduates, and he wrote a classic study of the economics of railroad transportation. He became president of Yale in 1899—the first president who was not a minister—and guided it through a period of expansion and consolidation.

An unbelievable association between Princeton and Yale!