The Harvard Advocate Anthology

The Harvard Advocate Anthology

The Harvard Advocate Anthology

The Harvard Advocate Anthology

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On the morning of May 11, 1866, students of Harvard college were delighted to see, tacked to trees, walls, and even to the side of the President's house, posters reading:

A NEW COLLEGE PAPER
for sale at Richardson's Bookstore
TOMORROW.

And on May 12, many of them did make the familiar trek to Richardson's; the first edition of the HARVARD ADVOCATE, 400 copies, was sold out.

But there was a definite air of secrecy about the first issue of Harvard's oldest publication. No editors' or authors' names were included. When Mr. Richardson was asked who had left the bundle of papers, he answered that he had promised not to tell. It was clear, then, that the editors feared a fate like that of the Collegian.

Only the previous Fall, in 1865, a lively weekly newspaper called the Collegian had been published by students who regretted that Harvard had no outlet for undergraduate opinion. But the editors, Gage and Peckham particularly, made the mistake of being too radical for the Harvard faculty of . . .

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