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Letter from Yoder to Bender

Bender “To the administration of Goshen College” about publishing the “Review supplement’ [sic, “Record supplement?—in any case, incipient Mennonite Quarterly Review]

Letter from Yoder to Bender

Yoder to Bender: reluctant to hire that young German man [surely Ernst Correll] but it appeared necessary to hire some faculty from “outside of the Church”; Yoder had consulted, and Goshen College would now consider him; also liked Bender’s response to J. E. Hartzler [John E. Hartzler, John Ellsworth Hartzler] piece “Faith of Our Fathers.”

Letter from Yoder to Bender

Yoder to Bender, about Correll, including him in the catalogue, paying his passage (Yoder would consult Graber [Chris Graber, C. L. Graber, Christian L. Graber?] and D. D. Miller [Daniel D. Miller?], could not promise—and what about immigration laws?; glad for Bender’s attitude; Indiana-Michigan Conference had gone peacefully; “Dan Johns [Daniel J. Johns] takes a very sensible attitude”, Ben King [Benjamin B. King?] had been “very kind”; “Bixler [J. K. Bixler, bishop Jacob K. Bixler], of course, is about the same as he has been in the past and a number of men are siding with him,” though he was losing elections to office [further elaboration on Bixler]; the college’s finances; Noah Oyer had purchased the “Mission House”.

Letter from Yoder to Bender

Yoder to Bender: had consulted with Horsch, Loucks, and Kauffman on “the Grebel book [Conrad Grebel] which you have in mind” [surely John Horsch, Aaron Loucks, Daniel Kauffman] and it looks like it would need to be a job printing without Mennonite Publishing House as publisher; cited Horsch as doubting that Correll would have a writing style that would suit “the public generally.”

Letter from Yoder to Bender

Yoder to Bender: since Correll was not prepared to teach French and Latin, Goshen could not pay full salary but only on basis of his hours teaching German; Hertzler [Silas Hertzler?] would be coming from Hesston—some remark about the quality of his teaching; that Bender’s teaching history would depend on how much confidence he would win in Northern Indiana; marginal note in German, Bender to “Lieber Ernst”, asking for immediate reply.

Letter from Yoder to Bender

Yoder to Bender: on Bender’s work at Heidelberg; Yoder wishes he (Yoder) could attend “World Mennonite Relief Conference in Danzig” in August but too loaded with work; liked suggestion of putting John Horsch on “editorial staff of the Review”; mention Chauncey King, Frank Hartzler; etc.

Letter from Yoder to Bender

More about the young German, and what he might teach; paragraph on Christian Exponent, including that S. E. Allgyer [Samuel E. Allgyer] had reported that even in Vernon Smucker’s home county (Wayne County, Ohio) there was opposition to it; etc.

Letter from Yoder to Bender

Decision was to hire the young German based on Bender’s recommendation; planned to have Guy F. Hershberger on the faculty; on Umble’s [surely John Umble’s] plans; hoped Bender could earn confidence of the church in Northern Indiana to the point Goshen could use him “in the Bible department full time”—said this “not for your discouragement but for your encouragement”; had worked “all I could” to get Kreider [Amos E. Kreider, surely] but not succeeded—he was “a fine man” but unable to “break with his crowd.”

Letter from Yoder to Bender

Yoder to Bender: planned to give Elizabeth Bender [Elizabeth Horsch Bender] “full time work” next year if the courses developed; a bit on issue of having both spouses on the faculty [women]; Lydia Shenk would teach French; Verna Graber [soon to be Verna Smith, Verna Graber Smith] to teach Latin; on circumstances of the Enss family [Gustav Enss, Gustav Heinrich Enss; Amy E. Greaves Sudermann Enss, Amy Enss, Amy Sudermann Enss ??]; other news.

Letter from Bender to Yoder

August [marked 20], 1921, probably only a draft: Bender obviously responding to a Yoder letter about Young People’s Conference and movement; thanks for his counsel; puzzlement about relating to church conference. Same date, ditto [probably as sent]: Bender and his committee had decided it were better not to make a statement or petition to General Conference, but committee thought Yoder should have a statement of the committee’s policy; Bender had written one, and was sending it, also sending program of next year’s conference; further comment.

Letter from Yoder to Bender

Assuring Bender the committee had taken “a friendly attitude” as it considered Bender’s letter. Undated fragment from Bender: [sounds unhappy, probably with the above decision].

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