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many of its marked men of the city and

"The time from eight to ten o'clock
was spent in social conversation, enliv-
ened with music in the saloon, and at
ten the folding-doors into the supper-
room were thrown open, and grace was
said by Rev. Dr. Farley, of Brooklyn.

"The Vice-President, F. A. Lane, who
gave the reception, welcomed the com*

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pany, and committed the chair to Dr.
Osgood, the President of the Club, who
made the opening address and called out
the several speeches with appropriate

"President Hill, Dr. Jared Sparks,
William M. Evarts (who represented
Yale College), George Bancroft, Dr.
Bellows, Dr. Willard Parker, Joseph H.
Choate, J. L. Sibley (Librarian of Cam-
bridge), Rev. £. £. Hale, and Young
Lawrence (hero of Fort Fisher) made
speeches of great interest and variety,
and an original jxiem by Dr. O. W.
Holmes was read.

"Fine music from a choice band, with
old college songs from the Glee Club of
Harvard men gave sest to the proceed-
ings, at intervals, and the whole com-
pany at the dose joined in Auld Lang
Syne with clasped hands and right good

"A large and generous spirit prevailed.
The Harvard enthusiasm did not degen-
erate into exclusive pride ot self-admira-

"Mr. Evarts spoke well for Yale and
Rev. Dr. Adams, Rev. Dr. Washbume,
and Rev. Howard Osgood proved by
their presence the broad character of the
reunion. The general feeling was that
this must not be the last social meeting
of the Sons of Harvard in New York

Of this dinner and of the subsequent
activities of the Harvard Club, Judge
William G. Choate, '62, writes as fol-

"There was quite a large attendance
from Cambridge. I think the President
of the College and eight or possibly more
other Professors, possibly one or more
members of the Corporation or Over-
seers were there. Harvard men in New
York made up the company to about
twenty as I recollect it. Lane's idea was
to have the Harvard men in New York

cooperate with the College for its bene-
fit. I am very sure that among the New
York Harvard men invited were Dr.
Osgood and Dr. Bellows and James C.
Carter, besides my brother and myself.
. . . The whole burden of what was said
at the dinner was the importance to the
College of the Harvard men in New
York cooperating to do what they could
for the benefit of the College. . . .

"The great r^resentation of the Col-
lege at the dinner showed how important
the matter seemed to those in authority
at Cambridge.

"We acted on what seemed to be the
demand of the College at once. The first
thing we did was to get up a census or
list of the Harvard men in and immedi-
ately about New York, including Brook-
lyn. Will you believe it, we could find
only about 145 — of which number my
CUss of 1852 contributed ten. Li fact
there were very few members of the
older classes resident here, though among
them were many conspicuous New
Yorkers. Of the clergy, Drs. Tyng,
Osgood, Bellows and I think Washburn,
and Dean Hoffman. Of the medical
men. Dr. Martin Paine, the oldest among
us. Dr. Willard Parker and Dr. John O.
Stone. Of the Uwyers were William
Emerson, M. Prichard and James C.
Carter, and my brother, Joe, Addison
Brown and Johnson Taylor.

"I remember an amazing incident
connected with that first dinner. I was
deputed to invite old Dr. Tyng [1817] to
attend as an invited guest, he not being
a member of the Club. I called on him
at his parsonage. He was then a very
old man. He seemed interested in the
College and expressed himself as de-
lighted to come to the dinner. I bade
him good-bye and got to the door when
he called me back. 'Look here,' said he,.
•wiU they smoke?' 'WeU,' I said, *!
suppose after the dinner some of them

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wiU smoke/ 'Well, then,' said he, 'I
can't come, I can't come'; and he did n't

"That dinner and possibly the next
one was held in a restaurant on 14th
Street, two or three doors west of Broad-
way, caUed the *MaUon d'ore.* I may
spell it wrongly. Our first place of meet-
ing was in the upper loft of a business
building on Broadway, West Side, a little
above 14th Street. I think we met
monthly for business with refreshments
after the meeting. I remember that at
one end of the long room were the parar
phemalia of a Masonic or Odd Fellows
Society, carefully covered up with sheets.
We gathered into the Club, the larger
part of the Harvard men in the dty, but
still many did not join. My earliest
yeaivbook is that of 1882. Perhaps you
have much earlier ones.

"The first real work of service we did
as a Gub for the College was collecting
money to relieve it after the great fire in
Boston. A large committee was ap-
pointed. We met at Dr. Bellows's study
adjoining his church in 20th or 21st
Street, known as the Church of the Holy
Zebra. We did very well considering the
prevailing prejudice against the College
on religious grounds, which was intense
and bitter, especially among the so-
called Evangelical Churches of New
York, Presbyterian and Episcopalian,
which included a very large part of the
good people of the dty who had the
means to give and who were in general
liberal givers. Many gave a curt re-
fusal to give on. that ground. I called
on an eminent citizen who was known
to be very rich and very liberal to chari-
ties generally, but a pillar, yes two or
three pillars, of the Presbyterian Church.
I stated the case of the College, a great
loss of its funds by the failure of the in-
surance companies, as I now remember,
in which the funds of the College were

invested — then treated as a perfectly
proper investment. This gentlenuin
heard me patiently and then said,
* Young man, you might be in better
business than collecting money for a
Godless College,' adding something to
the effect that the fire was an obvious
visitation of Providence. Of course, I
got no money from him. Yet personally
I felt kindly treated. He evidently had
a big heart, yearning for the heathen,
both foreign and domestic. He invited
me to sit in his pew some Sunday. It
seemed to me that he thought he saw an
opportunity to pluck a brand from the
burning. We parted with mutual re-
spect. I acted as treasurer of this fund
and have or had the receipts of Mr.
Hooper, the Treasurer of the College,
for the remittances we made. I do not
remember the amount. It was several
thousand dollars. Most of the Harvard
men were professional men, not of large
incomes, but they gave liberally for
their means and we got quite a good sum
outside the College men."

The dinner in 1866, having been given
by Mr. Lane, is generally referred to as
the Lane Dinner. The First Annual Din-
ner of the Club was held at the Maison
Dor6e on February 22, 1867. The Third
Annual Dinner of the Club was held on
February 23, 1869, at Delmonico's, where
for many years the meetings and dinners
of the Club used to be held.

The first catalogue of the Club was
prepared in 1867. At that time the
President was Rev. Samuel Osgood,
D.D.; the Vice-Presidents were Dr.
John A. Stone, Frederick A. Lane, and
George Baty Blake, Jr.; the Treasurer
was Charles Emerson; the Secretary was
A. C. Haseltine; the Executive Com-
mittee consisted of Arthiur Amory and
A. W. Green; and the Committee on
Admissions was composed of George

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Dexter, George Lawrence, Thomu
Kinnicutt, Albert Stickney, and R. N.
Bellows. There were then ninety-five
members of the Club. Monthly meet-
ings were held from October to May,
including the Annual Dinner of FelNru-
ary 22.

The Club from its beginning always
took an active interest in all matters
connected with the University, and soon
desired representation on the Board of
Overseers, which was limited to residents
of Massachusetts. This desire took ex-
presfflon at a meeting of the Club held
at Delmonico's on November 16, 1878,
at which a committee of five, consisting
of John O. Sargent, Joseph H. Choate,
Albert G. Browne, Jr., Charles C. Bea-
man, and William Montgomery, was
appointed ''to report on the laws that
regulate the election of the overseers of
Harvard College, with special reference
to such provisions as are supposed to
restrict the choice of the Alumni to
graduates residing in the State of Mas-

At a meeting of the Club, held on
March 15, 1879, the report of this com-
mittee was received and it was "voted
that the name kA the Rev. Dr. Bellows
be f ormaUy recommended by the Har-
vard Club iA New York to the Alumni
of the University as a candidate for Over-
seer at the next Commencement." A
committee on Overseers was appointed
and was "instructed to take aU suitr
able measures in the name of and in be-
half of the Club to secure his election."

At a meeting of the Club held on
April 10, 1870, the following action was

"Whereasy the present provincial
usage of limiting the election of Over-
seers of Harvard University exclusively
to inhabitants of Massachusetts is be-
lieved to be detrimental to the welfare
of the University, inconsistent with its

claim to be a national institution and
unwarranted by law;

" And whereas, for the purpose of secur-
ing to non-resident alumni representa-
tion in the government of the University,
the Harvard Club of New York City
has placed in nomination the Rev. Dr.
Henry W. Bellows, of the Class of 1832,
who is a resident of said city, as a can-
didate for Overseer at the election of

"And whereas, it is the usage of a
standing committee of the Alumni A»-
sodation annually in May to request
recommendations by letter from all the
dectors, irrespective of their residence,
for all the vacancies to be filled in the
Board of Overseers, and to prepare and
furnish at the poUs on Commencement
Day ballots containing the names having
the highest number of reoonmiendar
tions, calculated according to what is
called the Hare system;

"And whereas, according to this s^fh
tern it will promote the election of the
Rev. Dr. Bellows if electors shall an-
swer this request by inserting his name
alone and no othebs in their reqx>n8e
to the request of said committee;

"Resolved, that the Harvard Club sug-
gests to its members and electors gen-
erally to recommend the Rev. Dr. Henry
W. Bellows, and no other person, in their
replies to said committee, and also to at-
tend at Cambridge on Commencement
Day, June 21, and vote for him at the

"Resolved, that the Secretary tran»-
mit a copy of this vote to all the mem-
bers of the Club, and in its name and
behalf send copies also to all other Hai^
vard Clubs in the United States.

"Resolved, that the Standing Com-
mittee of the Alumni Association are
requested by the Harvard Club of New
York City to insert the name oi the Rev.
Dr. Henry W. Bdlow8» of the Class of

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1898, in the list of suggested names ol
suitabie candidates for Overseers which
they make to electors this year.

"Retolffed, that the Secretary of the
Club transmit a copy of this vote to the
Secretary of said Committee and re-
quest a written response.

It is interesting to note that Dr. Bd-
lows was elected an Overseer at Com-
mencement in 1870, and the minutes of
the Club, of a meeting held on Decem-
ber SO, 1879, show that he rendoed the
following report:

"Dr. Bellows gave an interesting ac-
count ol his reception in the Board of
Overseers at Cambridge. His name has
been printed in the Catalogue as a mem-
ber of the Board; he has been assigned
to duty on two specnal committees and
has in general been treated with the utr
most courtesy. A Committee has been
appointed to consider his right to his
seat, but he believes no report will be
made and that he will be allowed to re-
main imdisturbed in possession.

" He further gave it as his opinion that
the other members of the Board are as
fine a set of men as he ever met in his

"He has attended all the regular
meetings thus far, four in number, hav-
ing missed but one meeting, which was
specially called. On motion of the Rev.
Dr. Osgood the thanks of the Gub were
offered to Dr. BdQows for his fidelity
to the important trust confided to

"An interesting discussion between
the Rev. Dr. Bellows and the Rev. Dr.
Osgood with reference to the manage-
ment of the Divinity School resulted in
general satisfaction."

The question of securing representa-
tion on the Board of Overseers had ap-
parently been discussed for several years
prior to the election of Dr. Bellows, and
that the graduates of Massachusetts

were in sympathy with the desire for
representation on the part of the gradu-
ates of New York is shown by a letter of
Thomas Wentworth Higginson to Judge
William G. Choate written on March 9,
1878, as follows:

"Nbwpobt, R.I., March 9, 1873.
"Wm. G. Choate, Esq.,

"DsAB Sib: Mr. J. C. Davis read to
the Committee of Nomination for Har-
vard Overseers your letter in regard to
New York nominees. This matter of
the non-eligibility of non-residents of
Massachusetts is attracting some atten-
tion. It is not, as you supposed, a mere
act of the Alumni, but a part of the
organic law, left unchanged from the
time when Harvard was a State Uni-
versity. The basis still remains as in the
Act of 1810 'all inhabitants within the
SUte.' (See Catalogue for 1875^-78,
p. 18.) The Uter acts merdy affect the
form of choosing, and relieve from re-
strictions as to profession, etc., but
leave the restriction of residence. The
new Yale Charter avoids this mistake.

"Every year, scattering votes are
wasted by being thrown for non-resi-
dents. Valuable members may lose their
Overseership by removing a few miles.
Candidature is thus restricted; e.g., a
candidate who wbs to have been strongly
urged this year, Mr. F. W. Tilton, Prin-
cipal of Andover Academy, a man singu-
larly well qualified, is incapacitated by
prospective removal to Rhode Island
(this city). He will be hardly farther off
than before, — and much nearer than if
he lived in Springfidd, — but he is be-
yond the State line. The same result
would have followed had he removed to
Portsmouth, Exeter, or Concord, N.H.
If there is to be a geographical limit, it
should be by a radius, not by State lines.
But I think the discretion of the Alumni
would better settle the matter, without

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"Our Committee felt the full force of
your reatoning, but on refcfring to the
Statutes, found themselvefl powerless.
It happened that President Eliot had
that very momin^ mentioned this evil
to me, and had said they fdt some fear
of reopening the question in the Legis-
lature lest farther and undesirable
changes be made. This I can hardly be-
lieve. I wish very much that your New
York Harvard Club would make some
suggestion to the Alumni on the subject,
at the next Annual Meeting, and I doubt
not it would have great weight and
might lead them to agitate for a change.
"Truly yours,
"Tho6. Wentwobth Hiqginbon."

In 1887 the Club was incorporated
under the laws of the State of New York.

The list of PresidenU of the Club from
its commencement is an honor roll of
which the Club is exceedingly proud.
All of them were not only loyal sons of
Harvard and actively interested in the
welfare of the Harvard Club, but also
men well known in the general com-
munity. This list is as follows:

Samuel Osgood 1866

Frederick A. Lane 1867

John O. Stone 1868

Henry W. Bellows 1869

James C. Carter 1870 to 1872

William G. Cboate 1872 to 1874

Joseph H. Choate 1874 to 1878

John O. Sargent 1878 to 1881

Francis M. Weld 1881 to 1883

Charles C. Beaman 1883 to 1885

Edmund Wetmore 1885 to 1888

Francis O. French 1888 to 1890

Edward King 1890 to 1895

James C. Carter 1895 to 1899

Edmund Wetmore 1899 to 1901

Charles S. Fairchild 1901 to 1905

Austen G. Fox 1905 to 1906

Joseph H. Choate 1906 to 1908

Austen G. Fox 1908 to 1909

James J. Higginson 1909 to 1911

Petar B. Olney 1911 to 1913

Amory G. Hodges. 1913 to the present.

Until 1880 the Club had no permanent

quarters, but held monthly meetings

and an annual dinner, generally at Del-

monioo's. On reaching its majority,
however, the Club rented permanent
quarters at 11 West StStd Street. These
quarters, however, soon proved entirely
inadequate, and in IBM the Club pur-
chased the part of its present property
fronting fifty feet on 44th Street and
running to the centre of the block, num-
bers 87 and 29 West 44th Street. Upon
these lots was constructed the first club-
house, a part of the present enlarged
structure. Then, as on the occasions of
its subsequent growth, Messrs. McKim,
Mead & White were the architects, and
the facade which they designed has al-
ways been regarded as one of the most
appropriate and beautiful in the City.
This clubhouse was opened in 1895, —
twenty years ago.

By 1889 this building had been found
inadequate, and on April 5 of that year
four members of the Club bought the
property, fifty feet in width, back of the
then clubhouse running through to 45th
Street. In 1901 the Club appointed a
committee to consider the question of
purchasing this land from the owners,
who were holding it for the Club, and
soon thereafter the land was purchased
and the first addition to the clubhouse
was constructed. This includes Har-
vard Hall and the rooms above it, in-
cluding twenty bedrooms and three
squash courts. For the first time, the
Harvard Club then had rooms in which
to house its members, but these have al-
ways been held for transients. Also, for
the first time, the Club had athletic facili-
ties, the interest in which has constantly

This first addition to the Harvard
Club building was formally opened at a
large meeting held on December 7, 1905,
at which President Austen G. Fox, *09,
presided, James J. Higginson, '57, rep-
resented the Building Committee, and
President Eliot, Joseph H. Choate, '5%

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and Edmund Wetmore, '60, were the

After another period of ten yeen the
^Harvard Club has now completed its
aecond large addition to the clubhouse.
In the early part of 1912 the Board of
Managers took under consideration the
question of enlaripng the Clubhouse and
various plans were discussed. Certain
generous and far-sighted members of
the Club had already purchased and
were holding for the Gub at cost the
lot number 81 West 44th Street, with a
frontage of twenty-five feet, and three
lots, numbers S2, S4 and 36 West 45th
Street, with a frontage of sixty feet,
these lots adjoining the Club property.
The Board finally recommended to the
Club and the Club decided to purchase
these properties and to erect an addi-
tion on them. This gives the Gub a
frontage on 44th Street of seventy-five
feet and on 45th Street of one hundred
and ten feet

The financing of so large a propose
tion, including the purchase of the land
and the erection of the present addition,
was a matter which was given the closest
attention. It was felt that the Club
should do this as a business proposition,
without asking for any subscriptions,
and this plan has been strictly adhered
to. It was always felt that there should
be no increase in the initiation fee or
dues of the Club. A first mortgage of
$750,000 was arranged, the greater part
of which was used in refunding the then
existing mortgages on the several prop-
erties. For the construction of the Club-
house it became necessary to raise
$500,000, and a second mortgage in this
amount was made on June 1, 1014. The
bonds issued under this second mort-
gage were promptly subscribed by mem-
bers of the Club, and in fact the issue
was over-subscribed.

The construction of the Clubhouse was

supervised by a Building Committee
consisting <A Charies S. Fairchild, '68,
Amory G. Hodges, '74, Franklin Reming-
ton, '87, Thomas W. Slocum, '90, Lang^
don P. Marvin, '96, John W. Prentiss,
'96, NichcJas Biddle, '00, E. Gerry
Chadwick, '04, J. Otto Stack, '05, and
Paul L. Hammond, '06. The financial
arrangements were referred to a Finance
Committee consisting of Amory G.
Hodges, '74, George R. Sheldon, '79,
J. P. Morgan, '89, George Blagden, '90,
Thomas W. Lamont, '92, Alexander M.
White, '92, Edwin G. Morill, '95. James
A. StiUman, '96, Francis M. Weld, '97.
Samud L. Fuller, '96, G. Hermann
Kinnicutt, '98, John W. Prentiss, '9B»
William Woodward, '98, George F.
Baker, Jr., '99, Albert J. Shddon, '01,
and Charies S. Sargent, '02.

The architects of the addition were,
as before, Messrs. McKim, Mead &
White, and the general contractors were
Mark Eidlitz & Sons.

The latest addition gives kitchen,
bookkeeping, o£Bce, and other space in
the basement; on the first floor are new
ofiices, coat-rooms, lavatory, bai^room,
and a large dimni^room two stories in
hei^t, with a gallery on three sides.
The grill-room has also been enlarged.
The construction of the dining-room
has permitted the Club to transform
Harvard Hall into its original concep-
tion of a large meeting-hall and lounge;
the room has been comfortably fur-
nished with tables, chairs, and lounges,
rugs have been spread over the stone
floor, and on the stone walls have been
hung tapestries.

On the second floor in the new addi-
tion are additional reading- and writing-
rooms; on the third floor, a comfortable
billiard-room and three private dining
rooms, which may be opened into one
large hall. On the fourth and fifth floors
are bedrooms, thirty-four in number, of

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which twenty-four are provided with
private baths and ten are smaller rooms,
with running water in each room and
with convenient showers and baths. The
Club now has fifty-four bedrooms, all <rf
which are reserved for transients, for
some of which the Club charges $1.50 a
night, for others $2.50, and for others

On the sixth floor are two new squash
courts, and two of the old squash courts
have been enlarged to a standard size.
There are also dressing-rooms, showers
and baths, lavatories, and a barber shop.
On the seventh floor are a swimming-
pool and a solarium or lounge-room.
These rooms, being on the top floor, have
abundant light and air, and the plunge
b probably unique.

While the Harvard Clubhouse is now
so large, its atmosphere has not in any
respect changed. It is still a home for
Harvard men in New York, and the
clubhouse is above all things homelike.
While the Club seeks to give facilities
of aU kinds to all of its members, it
has always kept prominently in mind
the fact that one of its chief functions
is to furnish a home for the younger
men in New York, especially for those
whose families live elsewhere. The
Club still maintains its sizty-five-oent
table d'h5te dinners, and maintains its
dues and initiation fee at reasonable

The growth oi the Cub has been
steady. In 1867 the first catalogue
showed that the Club had 05 members.
The catalogue of 1871 showed a member-
ship of 189. In 1895, when the Qub-
house was opened, the Gub had about
700 members, and in 1905 about 2500
members. The membership of the Club
is now slightly over 4000, of whom about
2100 are non-resident and 1900 resident

The facilities presented by the latest

addition to the Clubhouse are sudi that
a much largw membership can be com-
fortably handled. It is the desire of the
Club to include every available Har-
vard man living in or about New Yoric
City and, as New York is the com-
mercial centre of the country, and so
many Harvard men visit it from time to
time, to be the non-resident graduate

This latest addition to the dubhouse
makes it one of the most complete, use-
ful and beautiful dub buildings in the
world and a ddi^tf ul home for all Har-
vard men. The furnishing of such a
home has always been one oi the chief
aims of the Gub. Its other prindpal
ambition is to be a useful and worthy
representative in New York of Harvard

The dedication of the new additions
to the buildtng of the Harvard Club —
additions which double the capadty of
the house — occurred in the new dining-
room of the Gub on Nov. 8. Every seat

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