Education: Harvard's 300th

¶ On Oct. 28, 1636, the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony set aside "£400 towards a schoale or colledge."

¶ In the autumn of 1638 John Harvard, a young clergyman who lay dying "at Charlestown, of a Consumption," bequeathed "one half of his Estate (it being in all about £1,700) towards the erecting of a Colledge, and all his Library" of 260 volumes.

¶ Two New York Dutchmen visited Harvard in 1680, found "eight or ten young fellows, sitting around, smoking tobacco. . . . We inquired how many professors there were,...

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