Sunday, September 03, 2006

Colonel Charles Carroll's letter to Georgetown Unversity, 1855

Historical Context: Loyola University in Baltimore was founded as a college by nine Jesuits in 1852. Because both Loyola and Georgetown were Jesuit institutions, they followed the same academic program. Harper would not graduate from Georgetown because he lacked a few academic credits to finish with his class in 1858.

Georgetown University Archives, January 3, 1855, to Reverend Bernard A. Maguire, S. J., president of the College

Revd Dear Sir
My son Harper came home from Georgetown with a cough and I found he has been frequently in the Infirmary at the College this fall from the same cause-- our family Physician thinks it would be advisable to withdraw him from the college for three months--He is growing fast and seems to be delicate in health particularly as respects his breast, and the exposure and discipline of a College, so excellent generally for the health and aquirment, does not seem to suit his case at present--Next winter he will be stronger. I wish him to graduate at Georgetown, and in order that he may for three months keep up to all the studies of his class, I have seen Mr. Early and find that Loyola College is but one block from us [and] he can continue precisely the same studies, in the same class and books, as he has just left at Georgetown.
I herewith enclosed to the Revd Mr. Clark a note requesting him to have packed up at once Harper's clothes, and books, and have them forwarded to my resident at Number 46 Mount Vernon Square.
I am respectfully yr Serv't
Charles Carroll



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