Cambridge, January 8, 1870.
It will interest you to hear that President Eliot renominated me as Lecturer on the Positive Philosophy for the academic year 1870-71, and the nomination has just been confirmed by the Board of Overseers without opposition. The fees are probably to be fixed at $1O., so that I shall get a large audience. Each lecturer is to pocket the gross proceeds of his own lectures.
Hattie Brooks's brother going off tonight asked Maud what message he should give to Laurence Hutton;
"O tell him I've broken off my engagement with him because he doesn't write to me". Her power of repartee I consider marvellous for a 4-year old.
One of my Harvard lectures was in the "New York World" for Friday December 31, ' 69).
Cambridge, January 30, 1870.
Professor Gurney who is the University Professor of History at Harvard has just been elected Dean of the Faculty, which is the executive office next in rank to President; and President Eliot has nominated me to occupy Prof. Gurney's chair for the spring term, February 17 to Commencement—as Acting Professor of History. I do not receive a salary but a fee for the job. My specific task as Acting Professor of History will be the interpretation of mediaeval history to the senior class, twice a week, three hours each time; in all about 90 Hours: the fee will probably be not far from $5OO. payable in August.
You begin to see how lucky it is for me that we are bossed by Eliot and Gurney, and not by Tom Hill and old Peabody! They wouldn't have given me so much as a pupil until the crack of dawn.