Correspondence with David Starr Jordan

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approval of appointment of Dr. Murray 1892 Aug 8; experiments vs lectures; belief in immortality of the soul essential to civilization; golden rule foundation of true humanitarianism 1892 Aug 24; students to pay only actual cost of living; our university to be of high grade; more dormitory space for girls is needed 1892 Aug 24; does not want pay for tuition; possibility of students boarding themselves 1892 Aug 30; sailing on the Majestic; visit from Pres. White 1892 Sep 28; suggests ex-sen. Edmunds as commencement speaker 1893 Mar 10; employees may go cheerfully if they can better themselves; teach only the fundamental principles of law; President Harrison and arbitration 1893 Mar 10; regrets Prof. Swain leaving, willing to offer him position of Vice-President or Assistant to the Pres. 1893 Apr 3



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August 8 1892

Prest. David S. Jordan

Menlo Park Cal

My dear Doctor

Yours of July 19th has been received.

Enclosed please find approval for the appointment of Dr. Murray.

We were glad to hear from you and learn that you had returned to California in good condition and much pleased to hear so favorable an account of the health of your venerable mother.

We have met with pleasant weather ever since our arrival in Europe. I believe my health has improved through I am not so well but what I shall accept the doctors advice and return to Aix-lesBrins for further treatment.

Mes/ Stanford desires to join in [Leind?] [reveneutrances?] to you and Mrs Jordan.

Yours Very Truly

Leland Stanford

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August 24 1892

Pres. David S Jordan

Leland Stanford Jr. University

Menlo Park

My dear Doctor

Enclosed please find approval of the appointment of Moefs: Steames Murrpley and Clemans as assistants.

I am glad that you approve of the system of experiment in Physics rather than depending upon recitations and lectures. I hope our institution may be an example in original and approved methods of teaching. You and I have often talked together of the kindergarten system of education. I think that if applied so far as possible to the entire course of education ti will make more profound and broader scores than every other system. IT nessacairly developed thought and with thought comes wisdom.

Lately, I have been thinking a good deal about the civilization of the present day and the barbarism of the past and it seems to me that what is true civilization and how to build it up

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might well be a part of our education. The Greeks and Romans were comparatively highly educated but lacked a true [lennuan?] civilization. I am pretty well satisfied that such a civilization will never exist without a belief in the immorality of the would and the beneficence and justice of all the laws of the creator. It is apparent to me that the very necessities of our existence are bought to me but for this man would make no effort either intellectual or physical and the [lennman?] race would soon [divide?] and [eventually?] perish.

I think we should keep steadily before the students the fact that our aim is to fit men to realize possibilities of humanity in order that our graduates may in a measure become missionaries to spread correct ideas of civilization. I am satisfied that mankind has made more progress in civilization within the last century than in all preceding centuries from the fall of the Roman empire. Intellectual a moral development alone are not sufficient to [similulate?] true civilisation of man there must

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be added the [hinnanizing?] education within shall establish, make prominent and have always to the fore the Golden Rule which in the foundation of true humanitarianism. I think that for the firm and full establishment of the principles of the golden rule the religious element in man needs is he developed together with belief in the immortality of the soul and faith in the beneficence of the creator.

Yours Very truly

Leland Stanford

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Rigi-First [Swtizerland?]

August 24 1892

Pres David S Jordan

Leland Stanford University Menlo Park

My Dear Doctor,

Your letter of August 3rd was received and read with a great deal of interest.

I do not know but what the increased price of board is really necessary but it seems to me that we ought to be able to board the students as cheaply as anyone else can. On my return I purpose investigating the matter very carefully in order to ascertain whether the expense to the students cannot be reduced.

In this connection I think it would be well to make the students thoroughly understand that they are only called upon to pay what is paid out in their behalf for supplies attendance and came of the room and that if we able to practice greater economy it will be for their benefit. The cost of attendance is probably heavy and might be reduced.

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