Beloit, Wis. Journal Office, 1849. Original printed wrappers [dusted, blank rear wrap with a few small edge chips], stitched, 20pp. Light wear, Very Good.
According to American Imprints Inventory, this rare pamphlet is the first Beloit non-broadside imprint, preceded only by three broadsides; OCLC also notes two Beloit periodicals which began in 1848.
The Report chronicles the College's establishment and the settlement of the Beloit area. "It was not until about ten years since that the main tide of emigration reached the western shore of Lake Michigan, and began to spread over the prairies of Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. The main portion in numbers, as well as in influence, is from the States which lie along the great northern thoroughfares of our country." Clergy, among the leaders of these settlers, had the "hope of seeing among themselves educational institutions like those of New England." A "zeal for education" characterized these pioneering sons of New England; Beloit-- whose geography and advantages are described-- was ideal for founding a College. The Report details the College's course of instruction, terms of admission, religious and literary character, expenses, library. Members of the Board of Trustees are listed.
FIRST EDITION. AII [WI] 473. OCLC 713254 [4- AAS, Huntington, Kent State, American Congregational Assn] [as of August 2016]. Item #15321