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TitleThomas Weld's Commonplace Book
ShelfmarkMs. SBd-69
Creation Date1669 - 1695
Contents NoteWritten in a very small hand. Weld began writing in this commonplace book when he was studying at Harvard College. It contains poems, aphorisms, epigrams, and journal entries. In the 1670s, there are anecdotes about life in Harvard, along with reports of the weather (e.g. eclipses and storms). Other miscellaneous material includes mathematics puzzles (including diagrams), recipes, pen trials, and accounts. Finally, there are also citations from various ministerial works by preachers such as Edward Reynolds, Increase Mather, Thomas Hall, and Richard Baxter. There is some use of shorthand. Languages: English, Latin, and Greek.
Material FeaturesDuodecimo. Broken metal clasps. Original binding.
Associated Peoplemanuscript owner - Weld, Thomas
AcquisitionDeposited at Massachusetts Historical Society on 6 December 1935.
Source of DataCELM; Massachusetts Historical Society online catalogue; Hannah Yip.
Other NoteSee Matthew P. Brown, The Pilgrim and the Bee: Reading Rituals and Book Culture in Early New England (Philadelphia, 2007), p. 51.
Sermon Reports ContainedSermon on unidentified text -- p. 123
GEMMS record createdJuly 01, 2023
GEMMS record last editedJuly 01, 2023