Edward Hicks Magill (1825-1907)
In an 1866 letter to then-President Parrish, Edward Magill wrote:
"I see in this work the inception of a movement which is to prove what has never yet been fully proven, although tried to some extent, that it is feasible and desirable to give to woman equal educational facilities with man, not in the earlier stages of education merely, but to carry them together, pari passu, to the heights of literature and science, and to prepare them alike to use to the best advantage, to themselves and the world, the talents with which they are endowed.
"How appropriate that the movement should take place among Friends, who recognize more fully than others the equality of the sexes, and among whom it is not considered 'a shame for a woman to speak in the church.' ...
"I need scarcely remind you, as you are laying the corner-stone of the College building, that, noble as will be the structure of stone and brick and mortar piled upon it, it is not the building which the College occupies that is to give it character, as compared with other institutions of learning. If, as you lay the solid granite of its corner-stone, you firmly resolve that you - its founders - will never rest satisfied, or feel that your work is accomplished, while, in respect to the organization, to the arrangement of the course of study, or to aught that goes to make up the real and not the merely material college, anything remains undone which untiring energy and perseverance on your part can accomplish, then indeed will this significant act be no useless form.
"It must not be allowed to make one-sided men and women, cultivating only such faculties as are already, perhaps, too prominent, and need repression instead of cultivation; but its course of studies should be so arranged as to provide a broad and generous culture for all, whatever their career in life may be destined to be."