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This Week in Princeton History for August 28-September 3

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, the Wyman estate reverts to the University, a student is unimpressed by a New York tourist attraction, and more.

August 29, 1921—Susan B. Dickinson, widow of Daniel Dickinson and daughter of William Wyman, dies. According to a provision in the will of her uncle, Isaac C. Wyman (Class of 1848), all of the Wyman property will now revert to Princeton University.

Drawing of gardens in a courtyard, labeled "Wyman House Garden"
The bulk of Isaac C. Wyman’s estate was given to the Graduate College. Here is Beatrix Farrand’s sketch of the Graduate College’s Wyman House Garden. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box MP85, Image No. 3473.

August 31, 1853—Granville Wilcox (Class of 1856) writes to his father about his recent visit to the Crystal Palace:

I cannot say that I was pleased with it at all. … I do not think the people of New  York like it much from the cuts it gets from some of the popular papers of that place.

New York Crystal Palace with a crowd of people in the front
Illustration from Karl Gildemeister, New York Crystal Palace (New York: Riker, Thorne, & Co., 1854). Digital image courtesy Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. The Crystal Palace burned down in 1858.

September 2, 2009—Princeton University announces that a third of eligible employees have accepted the offer of early retirement. The Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program is part of an effort to slash the budget by $88 million this year and $82 million next year in response to the endowment losing about 25% of its value.

September 3, 1821—As conflicts between Samuel Disborough (Class of 1822) and Abraham Hazlehurst (Class of 1823) have escalated, faculty have decided to dismiss them from Princeton, as

It appeared that, after having had a scuffle in the college edifice, the parties, being much exasperated against each other, were preparing for a formal and set fight, and that to provide against emergencies and defend themselves in extremities they had provided themselves with pistols.

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