You’ve probably noticed that lately we’ve been highlighting a lot of content from the manuscripts on our Digital Collections site. That’s because we’re so excited about the strides that have been made in making Alden Partridge’s correspondence available to the University community, near and far. We recently hit a milestone in that process that we are so delighted to share with you–we found the earliest reference in our founder’s letters to the institution that would become Norwich University!
The letter in question is dated September 24, 1817. In it, Cyrus Partridge writes to Alden that the gentlemen of Norwich, Vermont are excited about the prospect of a military school being established there, and have offered financial pledges toward that goal. You can read the whole letter here!
Partridge would be court martialed the following month, his affiliation with West Point finally coming to a close. The correspondence that is available online now covers this momentous event as well as the year of 1819, when Norwich marks its founding. While the first bricks were laid in 1819, no students enrolled until 1820.
We hope that you continue to enjoy the increasingly rich resources on offer through our Digital Collections! We are so proud of the hard work that’s gone into making the University’s archival collections available to her friends around the globe.
Correction: This post previously stated that no bricks were laid for the construction of Norwich University until 1820; the first bricks were laid in August 1819. We regret the error.