’s notes on Winthrop’s course of lectures end with this entry, for the very good reason
that Winthrop broke off his course this year with the eighth lecture in order to travel
to Philadelphia, where he met his fellow scientist and correspondent Benjamin Franklin
for the first time. His trip kept him away from Cambridge from 15 April to 24 May.
See his MS
Diary for 1754 (MH-Ar
); also Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates,
The present entry also ends JA
’s efforts (so far as we know) to keep a diary as a Harvard student, although he was
not graduated until July 1755. As explained in the Introduction, an interval of more
than four years passed before he made further use of the folio MS
designated as the Diary Fragment. When, in Oct. 1758, he did so—having already begun
in Nov. 1755 a diary record in pocket form—he used the MS
for different and very miscellaneous purposes rather than as, strictly speaking,
a diary; see the following entries.