Preface




COMMUNICATIONS TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF VASSAR COLLEGE BY ITS FOUNDER.
NEW-YORK: JOHN A. GRAY & GREEN, PRINTERS, 16 AND 18 JACOB ST.
1869.

Matthew Vassar died while reading his farewell address to the Board of Trustees on June 23, 1868.  After a respectful interval, the Board reconvened to hear the conclusion of his remarks.  It had been Vassar's practice to address the Board formally at their meetings, and when the adjourned meeting resumed, the decision was taken to publish these communications.

Extract from the Minutes of the Secretary to the Board of Trustees of Vassar College:

"ADJOURNED SEVENTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE TRUSTEES OF VASSAR COLLEGE, JUNE 27, 1868.
Resolved, That the several addresses of Mr. Vassar, as Founder of this College, to the Trustees, be collected and printed for the use of the Trustees, under the direction of a committee to consist of Messrs. Lossing and Swan; and that said committee have all the powers necessary for that purpose; and that a copy of Mr. Vassar's Will be appended thereto."