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At Colledge, a Clowdy morning, and in the afternoon, Came up a Clowd of thunder and
lightning. Towards night fell a very hard shower.
Author: Adams, John
At Colledge, a Cloudy morning, heard Mr. Cotton of New-town vociferate from the 19.
of Proverbs 2nd verse.1 In the afternoon, from those words in the 37th. Psalm and 4th. verse, Delight thyself
in the Lord and he shall give thee thy Desires.
1. John Cotton (1693–1757), Harvard 1710, had been minister of the church in Newton since 1714;
’s language suggests that Cotton’s preaching resembled that of the revivalists he
formerly admired (Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates, 5:517–524).
Author: Adams, John
At Colledge, a very rainy, morning, at 11 o’Clock Disputed from the question assigned
us last tuesday But on which we Did not then Dispute By reason of Mr. Mayhews Being
employed in taking an account of the Books and other things, Contained in the Library
in order to the Printing a new Catalogue thereof.1
When in 1753 John Rand ’48 succeeded Stephen Badger ’47 as keeper of the College library
in old Harvard Hall, Mayhew, along with Tutors Belcher Hancock ’27 and Thomas Marsh
’31, had been appointed to receive an account from Badger “of the present state of
the sd. Library and make report of it to the Corporation” (MH-Ar: Corporation Records, Meeting of 21 May 1753). Their “exact survey of the library”
or inventory of the books which are “actually in it, which are absent but charged,
and also such as are absent and not charged, and also an account of the rarities which
are there and which belong to it but are not now to be found there,” was not submitted
to the Corporation until the spring of 1754, when they were allowed special compensation
of 30s. and an advertisement was ordered placed requiring the return of valuable books
that the survey revealed had been for a long time in the hands of individuals (same,
Meeting of 1 April 1754). The advertisement appeared in the Boston Evening-Post for 8 April, p. 2, col. 1, and probably in other papers.
No printed catalogue of the Harvard Library for the 1750’s is known. The official
records do not, in fact, suggest an intention to use the current inventory for such
a purpose. The last printed library catalogue was that of 1735 (actually a second
supplement to that of 1723), and no later one was issued until 1773. Since the library
was consumed in the fire that destroyed old Harvard Hall in 1764, the only record
available of books which were in the library while
was an undergraduate (beyond those in the 1723 catalogue and its supplements) is
Andrew Eliot’s compilation of books in the hands of sophisters at the time of the