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Greenleaf, Simon (1783-1853) to Francis E. Parker, Anson Burlingame, and A. Peniston

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02504.20 Author/Creator: Greenleaf, Simon (1783-1853) Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 April 1845 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.4 x 18.8 cm.

Greenleaf, a Harvard University professor, declines a dinner invitation from committee members of the Dane Law School (possibly another name given to Harvard's Law School). States that "a meeting of the Law School in Boston will be a surrender of its distinctive character as an association of literary men." Suggests using the new rooms in Dane Hall for the proposed meeting.

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