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COLLECTION Identifier: HUM 312

Collection of Edward Holyoke materials

Astronomy notebook, 1730 Digital

Scope and Contents Volume containing Holyoke’s handwritten and illustrated manuscript copies of the works of English astronomers John Flamsteed (1646-1719) and James Pound (1669-1724) and English mathematician Robert Smith (1689-1768), as well as an almanac he authored himself. Inscribed on a blank page at the front of the volume is Edwardi Holyoke Liber 1730. The first part consists of Flamsteed’s The doctrine of the sphere, published in 1680; and Pound’s New and accurate tables for...

Drinking horn, circa 1780s Digital

Scope and Contents Silver drinking horn fashioned from Holyoke’s watch case, engraved with the initials MHA, likely Mary Holyoke Abbot, his granddaughter. A tag attached by Edward Holyoke Osgood explains the object’s provenance. On the recto he writes: This drinking tube was made from the outside case of President Holyoke’s watch. On the verso: For Mr. Abbott – I purchased the watch from Mr. Abbott’s [sic] estate (Mr. Park of Groton Executor) Edward H. Osgood. Osgood refers to George Edward Henry Abbot, whose...

Letter from Benjamin Dearborn to Edward Holyoke, 1746 September 2 Digital

Scope and Contents Framed letter dated September 2, 1746, from physician Benjamin Dearborn (1725-1755; Harvard AB 1746), in Northampton, Massachusetts, to Edward Holyoke, then a school master in Lexington, regarding their friendship and “epistolary correspondence.” He also asks Holyoke to send him a copy of John Winthrop’s Solutions of the Aurora Borealis.

Letter from William Dudley to John Palmer, 1737 July 6 Digital

Scope and Contents Framed letter dated July 6, 1737, from William Dudley to John Palmer, a member of the Society of the Second Precinct in Marblehead, Massachusetts, requesting the proprietors of the Second Church reconsider releasing Holyoke as pastor, following a vote of the Harvard College Board of Overseers that established a committee to pursue the appointment of Holyoke as College president.

Sermon made 1721 March 21, preached 1721 April 16, 1721 Digital

Scope and Contents Sermon written in shorthand by Edward Holyoke as Pastor of the Second Church of Marblehead on March 21, 1721, and delivered to the congregation on April 16, 1721. Additional dates the sermon was preached are noted, from 1722 to 1734.

Sermon made 1731 June 29, preached 1731 July 11, 1731 Digital

Scope and Contents Sermon written in shorthand by Edward Holyoke as Pastor of the Second Church of Marblehead on June 29, 1931, and delivered to the congregation on July 11, 1731. Holyoke added a note that the sermon was given on account of the town being free from smallpox.