Caleb Gannett collection
- circa 1758-1785
Conditions Governing Access
Extent.17 cubic feet ( (1 document box))
The letter books, which date from April 25, 1770, to March 30, 1774, include correspondence from Gannett while he was a pastor in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia, and after he returned to Massachusetts, addressed to other ministers, politicians, and merchants, as well as family members and friends. The bulk of his letters refer to his ongoing dispute with John Eagleson, a Church of England missionary, over glebe lands. Gannett was granted five hundred acres in 1768 as the first settled minister for the Congregationalists in Fort Cumberland, but Eagleson arrived in 1771 and attempted to claim the lands through a lawsuit. Membership of Gannett’s parish began to decline, leading him to return to Massachusetts in 1771, although he continued to monitor the ongoing lawsuit through correspondence with Jotham Gay, his agent in Nova Scotia.
The student notebooks contain transcriptions of mathematics and astronomy texts and hand drawn diagrams. One notebook was handed down to Gannett by Harvard student Lewis Vassall, who created it in 1758.
Biographical note on Caleb Gannett
On January 17, 1781, Gannett married Katherine Wendell, and after her death on July 25, 1798, he married Ruth Stiles, the daughter of Yale President Ezra Stiles, on January 19, 1800. Gannett was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Middlesex County in 1804, and was involved in many local civic organizations; he was a founder of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Friendly Fire Society, and the Humane Society of Cambridge. His wife Ruth died in June 1808, and Gannett died on April 25, 1818. Gannett had five children: John Mico (Harvard AB 1802), Katharine Brattle Bascomb, Thomas Brattle (Harvard AB 1809), Elizabeth Latham Andrews, and Ezra Stiles (Harvard AB 1820).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Titles were assigned by the archivist unless otherwise noted.
Preservation and description of the Caleb Gannett collection were supported by the Colonial North America at Harvard Library Project.
- Allan, William
- Astronomy -- Early works to 1800
- Boston Tea Party, Boston, Mass., 1773
- Cambridge (Mass.)
- Clergy -- New England -- 18th century
- Commonplace books
- Congregationalists -- Nova Scotia -- Clergy
- Eagleson, John
- Earthquakes -- New England -- Early works to 1800
- Gannett, Joseph, 1725-1789
- Gay, Jotham, 1733-1802
- Geometry -- Early works to 1800
- Harvard College (1636-1780). Administration
- Harvard students' notes.
- Harvard textbooks
- Hitchcock, Gad, 1719-1803
- Hitchcock, Gad, 1749-1836
- Huston, John
- Land grants -- Nova Scotia -- History
- Letter books.
- Nova Scotia -- Politics and government -- 1763-1867
- Trigonometry -- Early works to 1800
- Vassall, Lewis, 1741-1777
- Gannett, Caleb, 1745-1818. Caleb Gannett collection, circa 1758-1785: an inventory
- Brooke McManus
- Description rules
- EAD ID
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