A humorous historical note…

 

In 1902, the chair of the University of Chicago’s history department, John F. Jameson, was alarmed when one of his most promising young faculty members received an offer from Cornell University. 

 

Jameson wrote to President William Rainey Harper with suggestions for putting together the strongest possible counter-offer in hopes of retaining the young man in question. 

 

He proposed a substantial raise, a loftier title, a lighter class load, and “freedom from correspondence work . . . “

 

In spite of receiving such a generous offer, Charles Catterall accepted the Cornell position.

 

 

— Von Pittman

 

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