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Edward A. Ross. Autograph Letter Signed. Stanford University, Stanford, California, December 9, 1900. 4pp. To Dr. Albert Shaw,
Editor-in-chief of the Review of Reviews, with a typed copy of a letter from David S. Jordan of Stanford University to Dr.
Ross, June 15, , sent to Shaw by Ross with his signed note: "This letter is confidential and I am not at liberty to
print it. It must not be published, quoted, or even alluded to. Even the phraseology should not be followed closely. Please
keep it in your own hands and return it to me when you are through with it. ... " With Benjamin I. Wheeler. Typed Letter Signed
as President of the University of California. Berkeley, Calif. December 8,1900. 1pg., marked "Confidential". To Dr. Shaw.
Ross first sent Shaw - in confidence - a copy of the letter he had received from President Jordan explaining that Mrs. Stanford
"likes you personally, and respects your brilliancy", and, while having "no desire to limit freedom of speech ... feels that
the reputation of the University for serious conservatism" was impaired by "hasty acceptance" of "social and political fads"
not approved by "conservative thinkers" and businessmen. While she was indeed disturbed by Ross' views on immigration, her
greater concern was for "the good name of the University" in upholding what Jordan called "the status quo". Ross' accompanying
letter to Shaw said that Jordan had been placed in an "intolerable position" in "seeming to restrict free speech", which "galled
him into resentment toward me ... ", being "alarmed lest Mrs. Stanford should break with him" because he had made no secret
that it was her demand that Ross be fired. A week later, the President of the University of California, Benjamin Ide Wheeler,
sent Shaw still another confidential letter lamenting the "sharply divided" academic opinion on the Ross case, especially
at Stanford, where "two hostile camps" were divided by "very bitter feeling". Wheeler noted that Jordan had privately defended
Ross and "urged Mrs. Stanford, in every possible manner, to desist from her resolution that Ross must go" - until Ross dishonorably
revealed things Jordan had told him in confidence, making public statements "which he had no business to make at all." Ross
himself was "not a true university man ... has not the university scientific spirit"; "his place is not in a university faculty",
but "the way in which he has been dislodged" and" the spirit in which it was done is entirely wrong." Moreover, "there is
no doubt that Mrs. Stanford, and her opinions concerning him, were the sole cause of his removal."