The Building of Drew University

The Building of Drew University

The Building of Drew University

The Building of Drew University

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A personal note from an alumnus to the alumni

Ten years ago I began to appeal to Doctor Faulkner to take up the task of writing the history of Drew. He seemed loath to begin, and after his so unexpected death, we found that he had not written a line or even an outline. Alas, my brothers, you well know what a loss that was to us all.

Later I ventured to take up the subject with President Emeritus Tipple. His graceful gift as a writer and his intimate knowledge of everything ever connected with the institution and of every person as well, gave ground for hope. But he demurred and said at once as though he had thought it out, "Charles, you've got to do it."

I verily believe he influenced the Board of Trustees to lay the commission on me. But he counseled me most helpfully, and together with President Brown, he stood by me like a blood brother. Others, too, have given me sympathy and aid, scores of them whom I cannot name. The outstanding man to whom I am indebted is Professor Franklin Taylor Jones.

The fact that I entered Drew in September, 1883, and was seized upon by Samuel Brooks Ives of the Senior class, who was secretary to President Buttz, as pliable material, to train into succession for this responsible position, and the additional fact that for more than fifty years I have been privileged to call Drew Forest my home, have, no doubt, had something to do with shaping the tolerant attitude of the Board toward me. Although unfeignedly shrinking from so great a labor, I was at last . . .

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