[New Haven, Connecticu]: Yale College, 1865. Unbound. Two separate pages, each measuring approximately 7.5” x 12”. In Greek. Pencil docketing reads
“Printer’s copy for an examination-paper, in the handwriting of Professor James Hadley, 1865. Attest: Franklin B. Dexter, 1902.”
“James Hadley / B. Fairfield, N.Y. March 30, 1821 / Died New Haven Nov. 14, 1872.". Very good. Item #009686
In 1865, freshman in Yale’s “Academical Department” studied only five subjects: Greek (primarily Homer’s Odyssey and the works of Herodotus according to Lucian), Latin (Livy), Roman history, Algebra, and Euclidian geometry.. This test was the capstone of first-year Greek and consists of five questions, each with several components. All involve “dialect”, “Attic form”, “derivation”, and the analysis of several passages of Greek text.
Hadley was a noted 19th-century philologist and for the 1865 academic year, he served as Yale’s “Professor of the Greek Language and Literature” in its “Academical Department” after previously serving as the professor of Hebrew in the college’s “Theological Department.” In addition to Greek and Hebrew, Hadley was fluent in Latin, Sanskrit, Arabic, Armenian, several Celtic tongues, and most modern European languages. He was also an accomplished mathematician and so well versed in Civil Law that his lectures were incorporated in the law curricula of both Yale and Harvard.
Dexter, a member of both the Linonian Society and Skull and Bones while a student, served as the Yale Secretary from 1869-1899 and in 1912 was appointed as Librarian Emeritus after retiring as the library director in 1911.
There is considerable information available online about Yale’s 1860’s curriculum and professors Hadley and Dexter.
An excellent testament showing what was required of beginning college students in the mid-1800s. At the time of this listing, nothing similar is for sale in the trade. The Rare Book Hub shows only one auction record (from 1912) for an early Yale examination. OCLC reports that some early examinations from the Yale Medical School are located within the university’s archives.