The Founding of Harvard College


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“America: Great Crises In Our History Told by Its Makers, A LIBRARY OF ORIGINAL SOURCES” Vol II, Colonization, 1562-1753, VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS  OF THE UNITED STATES, CHICAGO, U.S.A. 1925


This is the oldest printed account of Harvard University still in existence. It is evidently an anonymous letter, dated from Boston, September 26, 1642, and entitled “New England’s First Fruits in Respect in the Progress of Learning in the College at Cambridge, in Massachusetts Bay.”

It was published in London in 1643, a year after the graduation of Harvard’s first class of nine members. The letter gives a graphic account of conditions in and around the future university, and shows the optimism with which the Puritans regarded the future, “amid the stumps of their clearing the wilderness.”

Until recently the ancestry and early life of John Harvard was lost in obscurity.  We now know that he was born in Southwark, London, in November, 1607. He was ordained as a dissenting clergyman at 30 years of age, and crossed the Atlantic to become minister in Charlestown, Mass., where he died a year later.


After God had carried us safe to New England, and we had built our houses, provided necessaries for our livelihood, reared convenient places for God’s worship, and settled the Civil Government: One of the next things we longed for, and looked after was to advance learning, and perpetuate it to posterity, dreading to leave an illiterate ministry to the churches, when our present ministers shall lie in the dust. And as we were thinking and consulting how to effect this great work, it pleased God to stir up the heart of one Mr. Harvard (a godly gentleman and a lover of learning, there living among us) to give the one half of his estate (it being in all about 1700 pounds) towards the erecting of a college, and all his library: after him another gave 300 pounds, others after them cast in more, and the public hand of the State added the rest: the college was, by common consent, appointed to be at Cambridge, a place very pleasant and accommodating and is called (according to the name of the first founder) Harvard College.

The edifice is very fair and comely within and without, having in it a spacious hall; (where they daily meet at commons, lectures, exercises) and a large library with some books to it, the gifts of diverse of our friends, their chambers and studies also fitted for, and possessed by the students, and all other rooms of office necessary and convenient, with all needful offices thereto belonging: And by the side of the college a fair Grammar School, for the training up of young scholars, and fitting of them for academical learning, that still as they are judged ripe, they may be received into the college of this school. Master Corlet is the master, who has very well approved himself for his abilities, dexterity and painfulness in teaching and education of the youth under him.

Over the college is master Dunser placed, as President, a learned conscionable and industrious man, who has so trained up his pupils in the tongues and arts, and so seasoned them with the principles of divinity and Christianity that we have to our great comfort, (and in truth) beyond our hopes, beheld their progress in learning and godliness also; the former of these has appeared in their public declamations in Latin and Greek, and disputations logical and philosophical, which they have been wonted (besides their ordinary exercises in the college-hall) in the audience of the magistrates, ministers and other scholars,  for the probation of their growth in learning, upon set days, constantly once every month to make and uphold: The latter has been manifested in sundry of them by the savory breathings of their spirits in their godly conversation. Insomuch that we are confident, if these early blossoms may be cherished and warmed with the influence of the friends of learning, and lovers of this pious work, they will by the help of God, come to happy maturity in a short time.

Over the college are twelve overseers chosen by the general court, six of them are of the magistrates, the other six of the ministers, who are to promote the best good of it, and (having a power of influence into all persons in it) are to see that everyone be diligent and proficient in his proper place.

Rules, and precepts that are observed in the college.

1. When any scholar is able to understand Tully, or such like classical Latin author extempore, and make and speak true Latin in verse and prose, And decline perfectly the paradigms of nouns and verbs in the Greek tongue: Let him then and not before be capable of admission into the college.

2. Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, John 17.3. and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.

And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him Prov. 2, 3.

3. Every one shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day, that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein, both in theoretical observations of the language, and logic,  and in practical and spiritual truths, as his tutor shall require, according to his ability; seeing the entrance of the word giveth light, it giveth understanding to the simple, Psalm. 119. 130.

4. That they eschewing all profanation of God’s name, attributes, word, ordinance, and times of worship, do study with good conscience, carefully to retain God, and the love of his truth in their minds else let them know, that (notwithstanding their learning) God may give them up to strong delusions, and in the end to a reprobate mind, 2 Thes. 2. 11, 12. Rom. 1. 28.

5. That they studiously redeem the time; observe the general hours appointed for all the students, and the special hours for their own classes: and then diligently attend the lectures without any disturbance by word or gesture. And if in any thing they doubt, they shall inquire as of their fellows, so, (in case of non satisfaction) modestly of their tutors.

6. None shall under any pretense whatsoever, frequent the company and society of such men as lead an unfit, and desolate life. Nor shall any without his tutor’s leave, or (in his absence) the call of parents or guardians, go abroad to other towns.

7. Every scholar shall be present in his tutor’s chamber at the seventh hour in the morning,  immediately after the sound of the bell, at his opening the Scripture and prayer, so also at the fifth hour at night, and then give account of his own private reading, as aforesaid in particular the third, and constantly attend lectures in the hall at the hours appointed. But if any (without necessary impediment) shall absent himself from prayer or lectures, he shall be liable to admonition, if he offend above once a week.

8. If any scholar shall be found to transgress any of the laws of God, or the school, after twice admonition, he shall be liable, if not adultus, to correction, if adultus, his name shall be given up to the overseers of the college, that he may be admonished at the public monthly act. . . .

The manner of the late commencement, expressed in a letter sent over from the Governor, and diverse of the ministers, their own words these:

The students of the first class that have been these four years trained up in university learning (for their ripening in the knowledge of the tongues and arts) and are approved for their manners as they have kept their public acts in former years, ourselves being present, at them; so have they lately kept two solemn acts for their commencement, when the Governor, magistrates,  and the ministers from all parts, with all sorts of scholars. and others in great numbers were present, and did hear their exercises; which were Latin and Greek orations, and declamations and Hebrew analysis grammatical, logical and rhetorical of the Psalms: And their answers and disputations in logical, ethical, physical and metaphysical questions; and so were found worthy of the first degree, (commonly called bachelor)  pro. more academiarum in Anglia: Being first presented by the President to the magistrates and ministers, and by him, upon their approbation, solemnly admitted unto the same degree, and a book of arts delivered into each of their hands, and power given them to read lectures in the hall upon any of the arts, when they shall be thereunto called, and a liberty of studying in the library.

All things in the college are at present, like to proceed even as we can with, may it but please the Lord to go on with his blessing in Christ, and stir up the hearts of his faithful, and able servants in our own native country, and here, (as he has graciously begun) to advance this honorable and most hopeful work. The beginnings whereof and progress hitherto (generally) do fill our hearts with comfort, and raise them up to much more expectation, of the Lord’s goodness for hereafter, for the good of posterity, and the churches of Christ Jesus.

Letter to the Editor Response: Why the Tea Party Now?

Someone just yesterday showed me Noel Polk’s 12/22/09 Starkville Daily News Letter To The Editor, “Why has Tea Party waited until now to complain?”. I hear this question asked often, so I think this late response is still timely.

Polk wrote,

“What I want to know…is where were the Tea Partiers and their self righteousness when George Bush and Dick Cheney began the pointless politically-motivated money-hemorrhaging that’s now spending us into the oblivion that they now blame Democrats for? Would somebody please explain that to me? Please?”

It is unfortunate that Mr. Polk did not recognize that his answer is contained in the very way he asked his question. In his question, Polk correctly pointed out that Bush and Cheney (AND nearly all Democrats, but with many opposing Republicans, he omitted to say) BEGAN “the money-hemorrhaging that’s now spending us into…oblivion”. The “Tea Partiers” only came onto the scene (to strongly “protest” — not weakly “complain”) AFTER the money-hemorrhaging came to be recognized as the new trend of the new administration and its Democrat majority. Conservatives did not agree with Bush’s politically-motivated waste from the start, but for all we knew, that waste could have been a one-time “error”. We who spontaneously rose up to make the Tea Party Movement, did so only later, when it became obvious that Bush’s single error was being Continue reading Letter to the Editor Response: Why the Tea Party Now?

Signs at the 9/12/09 March in Washington D.C.

May contain some inaccuracy due to sign movement, distance, and other interferences that made reading the signs often fleeting and difficult. Also, some signage content was modified to remove profanity and improve (in the author’s judgement) accuracy. The words in parentheses are added by the author for clarification or explanation.


You LIE!

Socialists are just Progressives in a hurry (By definition, a “progressive” is a communist making, or attempting to make, “progress” towards transforming America into a communist country.)

Socialism is trickle-up poverty

You are “entitled” ONLY to freedom

“Capitalism is the worst form of government …except for all the rest.” – Winston Churchill

You are NOT “entitled” to what I earn

(Picture of Obama in Star Trek “Borg” cybernetic modification) “Resistance is futile…you WILL be assimilated” — NOT!

No more cash for these clunkers (referring to liberal Congressmen)

“For the first time in my life, I am ASHAMED of my country” (Paraphrase of Michelle Obama’s 2008 statement that “for the first time she was proud of her country”)

I just neutered my dog…now he’s a liberal

Brother, you AREN’T my keeper

Stop the war on prosperity!

Freedom MAKER (with a picture of a Founding Father) / Freedom TAKER (with a picture of a Liberal Congressman)

A list of things the government does well (Followed by blank empty space below)


You’re right…I DO need health care…you make me sick!

Change the change

When did freeloaders become more important than taxpayers?

(Speaker Pelosi acronym)
E nemy of the
L and,
O r
S tupendous
I gnoramus?

If you think health care is expensive NOW…wait until its “FREE”

If you don’t read the BILL…at least read the CONSTITUTION

“Man is not free…unless government is limited.” — Ronald Reagan

WASTE?…Find it before you spend it.

Senators…a vote against MY job, is a vote against YOUR job

Does destroying our economy REALLY help our poor?

Pull the plug on Congress — NOT the Constitution

The oil is in Texas…the dipsticks are in DC

Socialism…equal distribution of misery

Debt is the PROBLEM…how can it be the SOLUTION too?

Please don’t tell Obama what comes after “trillion”

(Sarcasm) Vote for higher taxes for your boss — put him out of business.

Elephants and asses…cheating the masses (referring to liberal Republicans and Democrats)

Obamacare: there’s free cheese in a mouse trap too

Fix what’s broken, instead of replace what’s worken

Obama justice… it’s OK to kill an unborn person — but NEVER EVER waterboard a terrorist.

Green is the new red

“Did I do that?” (With background picture of Obama head pasted on Steve Urkle who is looking at a graph charting the plunge of our economy since the beginning of his administration)

And some people thought Bush was an idiot.

(Photos of Pelosi, Boxer, and another California politician) They destroyed California…Now they are in Washington

Grow your own dope…plant a liberal.

The Second Amendment — America’s ORIGINAL homeland security system

If you’re not mad…your not paying taxes

If it SOUNDS like Lenin…and ACTS like Marx…it must be OBAMA

Obamacare: a clunker you can’t trade in

Do you know why our founders secured for us the SECOND Amendment? In case the politicians don’t keep the FIRST one.

(Obama photo with him wearing a Hitler moustache) “I‘ve changed”

Not a RACE issue…not a PARTY issue…just an old AMERICAN FREEDOM issue.


It’s national security, not health care that is in crisis

This is the USA…not the USSA

Prosecute ACORN, not the CIA

Stop spending and start cutting


Not with MY money!

(Pictures of Adams, Madison, and Jefferson) The ORIGINAL right wing extremists

Today’s state-controlled media:
ABC = All Barack Channel
CNN = Counterfeit News Network
NBC = Nothing But Crap
CBS = Controlled By State

Don’t tax me bro!

Just say “NO” to Chicago-style politics

Go Green…recycle Congress Continue reading Signs at the 9/12/09 March in Washington D.C.

“TEA’d off” Article Correction

On 16 April 2009 the Starkville Daily News published an article entitled “TEA’d off” that took one of my comments very much out of context. Here is my, “Letter to the Editor” response to that article.


To the Editor

“TEA’d off” Article Correction

Kelly Daniels, in her 16 April 2009, Starkville Daily News article on the Starkville Tax Day Tea Party, “TEA’d off”, said, “Robert J. Allen called the country’s elected officials “enemies of the state.”

What I really said is:

“Our country is in jeopardy of being destroyed from within by elected and appointed officials who give evidence of being outright incompetents and/or outright traitors — internal intentional enemies of the state. We may very well wake up one day to find our country has been stolen from us by these people. If we do, we will surely look back and ask ourselves, “Why didn’t I DO something when I could have?” And we will have to answer this same question to our children and grandchildren who will ask it to us too.”

The article contained many typos and/or outright errors — most of which could be corrected by the reader by considering the context in which the “misquote” was made. My “quote” however, was not placed in a context, and so the reader would not know that I did not say what the paper said I said.

Again, what I said is,

“… officials who give evidence of being outright incompetents and/or outright traitors — internal intentional enemies of the state.”

A reasonable fair-minded person realizes that the term, “give evidence”, means that some people can, and may, interpret what these officials do as intentionally harmful to the nation. And reasonable people also know that the term, and the total statement that term is in, also allows for other, much-less-sinister, interpretations to be made: “incompetence” being but one of many such possibilities. The overall context of my speech may have suggested to Daniels that I DO interpret the actions of many elected and appointed officials in one or both of these ways — but I did not SAY I interpreted their actions that way. And I certainly did not state that the worse of the two mentioned possible interpretations actually describes (and accuses) these officials.

Read what I said. I did not say what the paper says I said. The paper owes me, and Starkville Tea Party, the organization which I represented in my speech, a correction and an apology.

(To read the text of this speech, go to

Thank you.