The provost invites the author to accept an honorary degree and tells him of the history ot Marshyhope State University.
Office of the Provost
Faculty of Letters
Marshyhope State University
Redmans Neck, Maryland 21612
8 March 1969
Mr John Barth, Esq., Author
At the end of the current semester, Marshyhope State University will complete the seventh academic year since its founding in 1962 as Tidewater Technical College. In that brief time we have grown from a private vocational-training school with an initial enrollment of thirteen students, through annexation as a four-year college in the state university system, to our present status (effective a month hence, at the beginning of the next fiscal year) as a full-fledged university centre with a projected population of 50,000 by 1976.
To mark this new elevation, at our June commencement ceremonies we shall exercise for the first time one of its perquisites, the awarding of honorary degrees. Specifically, we shall confer one honorary doctorate in each of Law, Letters, and Science. It is my privilege, on behalf of the faculty, (Acting) President Schott, and the board of regents of the state university, to invite you to be with us 10 A.M. Saturday, 21 June 1969, in order that we may confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa. Sincerely hopeful that you will honour us by accepting the highest distinction that Marshyhope can confer, and looking forward to a favourable reply, I am,
Germaine G. Pitt (Amherst)
P.S.: A red-letter day on my personal calendar, this--the first in too long, dear Mr B., but never mind that!--and do forgive both this pre-