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Abram S. Hewitt papers, 1839-1852

Abram Stevens Hewitt Papers

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Box 1 Student papers

Various student papers, some addressed to "Mr. President" (William Alexander Duer, Columbia College President 1929-1942). There are outlines, drafts and final papers. There are also 3 letters, including a certificate of character (or reference letter) from Professor Charles Anthon; copies of the 1852 Commencement program; and a math exam.

Composition titles include: Ought immigration to be encouraged?; On the fall of Constantinople; On the study of history; The connection between Platonism and Christianity; On the Platonic Tradition; On the influence of Christianity on the temporal condition of man; On the acquisition of fame; On friendship; On the troubadours; Socrates and his Philosophy; The mission of the Roman Empire; England's three revolutions; On the execution of the Charles I; On the character of Cicero; On the rise and fall of the Spanish and Portuguese colonies; On taste and criticism; On rivalry; Is capitalism justifiable?; The Turkish Empire: its prospects.

Box 2 Notebooks

Three volumes of lecture notes, eight volumes of translations from Greek and Latin authors (e.g., Terence's Andria, Herodotus, Aeschylus's Seven Against Thebes, Sophocles's Ajax), and three volumes of lecture notes made by Hewitt's brother-in-law and business partner, Edward Cooper (1824-1905).

Lecture notes include "Notes on the Historical Lectures of Prof. McVickar, Columbia College 1839-1840" and "Evidences of Natural and Revealed Religion by Prof. McVickar, Columbia College 1841."