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ITEM — unspecified: HUM 9 Box 4, Volume 6 Identifier: HUM 9

Annotated almanac, 1745 Digital

Scope and Contents

Almanac containing calendar pages with sporadic annotations of unidentified measurements and interleaved pages with short handwritten entries about Winthrop's daily activities, and astronomical and meteorological observations. The entries include personal notes about travel, the weather, deaths in the community, notes of public fasts for the Louisbourg expedition (February 28) and the "Indian war" (September 19), and a note of the surrender of Louisbourg (June 17). There is an entry listing the burials and baptisms in Boston by month, with the deaths subdivided for white and black individuals, and notes of "French prisoners" for July and "Fever & flux" for September.

Scientific observations include notes about:
  1. "Pendlm lengthnd...turn of y screw" (January 31),
  2. telescope measurements (January)
  3. planetary observations for January through April (June-July)
The title page is no longer extant.

Dates

  • 1745

Researcher Access

The Papers of John and Hannah Winthrop are open for research.

Extent

.3 cubic feet (30 volumes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received by exchange from the Dartmouth College Library in 1950.

General note

Almanac publication information: Ames, Nathaniel, 1708-1764. Astronomical diary, or, An almanack for the year of our Lord Christ, 1745.

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

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