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COLLECTION Identifier: HUM 9

Papers of John and Hannah Winthrop

Abstracts of sermons preached at Harvard College, 1728-1729 Digital

Scope and Contents Small notebook containing notes kept by John Winthrop on sermons he attended between September 1, 1728 and October 19, 1729, while he was an undergraduate at Harvard College. The volume contains one-to-two page entries on specific sermons and provides the biblical text and related doctrines, questions, and conclusions. The inside back cover contains a handwritten index of the minister who gave the sermon, most often Nathaniel Appleton. The inside front cover is inscribed: "John...

Commonplace book, October 29, 1728-January 15, 1735 Digital

Scope and Contents The small hardcover volume contains excerpts copied by John Winthrop beginning at the age of thirteen as a freshman at Harvard College. Winthrop’s own description of this book as “a book of Extracts from many Authors” is accurate, as it includes neither personal information about Winthrop nor reflections on what he read. With the exception of occasional notations indicating the date he finished reading particular books, the volume consists of passages he copied from a wide range of sources. It...

Observations of Sun Spots, 1739-1743 Digital

Scope and Contents Eleven-page notebook containing John Winthrop's handwritten observations and calculations. Titled by Winthrop "Observations of 'Spots' on ye Sun with ye Naked Eye," this is the first known record of his scientific observations and records what he saw while examining the sun "with an 8 foot telescope from 6 a.m. til sun set" on the Boston Commons and concluding with "a considerable aurora borealis" that night (April 20, 1739). It has been speculated that his reference to the aurora borealis in...

Annotated almanac, 1739 Digital

Scope and Contents Almanac with sporadic annotations on the calendar pages (such as "1L" written next to the April 18, 1739 entry and "2L" written next to the April 25th entry). The only handwritten entry is on the October page: "22d day, tides higher yr for 16 years past."

The almanac is not interleaved.

Annotated almanac, 1741 Digital

Scope and Contents Almanac containing sporadic annotations of unidentified measurements to some calendar dates 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, and occasional alcohol consumption by Winthrop. Scientific observations include notes of: a satellite...

Annotated almanac, 1742 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, and occasional alcohol consumption. There is an entry listing the population and burials and baptisms in Boston (January). Scientific observations include notes of:...

Annotated almanac, 1743 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, occasional alcohol consumption, and deaths in the community including a Latin note of the death of Winthrop's father (October 2) . There is an entry listing burials and baptisms in Boston, and a note that...

Annotated almanac, 1744 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, occasional alcohol consumption, and deaths in the community including a Latin entry on the death of his eldest brother (December 12). Scientific observations include a note about a comet (January 22)....

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...

Annotated almanac, 1746 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, and deaths in the community including hangings for piracy (July 24). There is an entry listing the burials and baptisms in Boston for the year and a chart of deaths according to age ranges. ...