Josephus Wheaton letter to Zephaniah Swift Moore, 1823 May 18
- Josephus Wheaton letter to Zephaniah Swift Moore, 1823 May 18
Josephus Wheaton letter to Zephaniah Swift Moore in which Wheaton encloses a petition to the Massachusetts legislature in support of granting charter to the Collegiate Institution. In the included petition, nine subscribers to the Charity Fund from Holliston, Massachusetts request that the Massachusetts legislature grant such powers as are usually given to the trustees of colleges to the Trustees of Amherst Academy. They describe the success of the Collegiate Institution under the direction of the Trustees of Amherst Academy and state that as they understand that said Trustees are about to petition to the legislature for charter, they request that the prayer of said petitions may be granted. The names of the nine petitioners are included at the end of the document. Before the petition, Wheaton includes a note to Moore explaining the enclosure and providing the names of the local subscribers to the Charity Fund who were not included in the petition and the reasons for their exclusion.
- Wheaton, Josephus, 1788-1825
- Moore, Zephaniah Swift, 1770-1823
May 18, 1823
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Moore, Zephaniah Swift, 1770-1823
Wheaton, Josephus, 1788-1825
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Amherst College was conceived out of the previously existing Amherst Academy and was founded in 1821 as the Collegiate Institution. From 1821-1825 the College was known primarily as the Collegiate Institution or the Amherst Institution. In 1825 the institution was granted charter by the Massachusetts State Legislature and was thereafter known as Amherst College.