3. David Ruhnken (1723–1798), reader in Greek from 1757, and professor of history and oratory from 1761 (
Nieuw Ned. Biog. Woordenboek
, 10:851–854). His edition of the Hymn
to Ceres, from a codex recently found in Moscow and attributed to Homer, was published this year: Hymnus in Cererem, nunc primus editus a Davide Ruhnkenio
, Leyden, 1780; a copy was sent by Thaxter to JA under cover of a letter dated 25 Jan. 1781
, below, and remains among JA's books in the Boston Public Library (
Catalogue of JA's Library
, p. 122).