Student essay attributed to William Ellery Channing, 1797 June 5

About this Collection

Creator
Channing, William Ellery , 1780-1842
Type
Harvard students' essays.
Collection Title
Student essay attributed to William Ellery Channing, 1797 June 5
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
.03 cubic feet (1 folder)|4 p. ; 20 cm.
Date
1797
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990097083390203941
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Subjects
Harvard College (1780- ).
Harvard University--Curricula

Content Notes

Three-page handwritten essay composed in English and attributed to Harvard undergraduate William Ellery Channing. The verso of the last page is inscribed "Channing 5 June 97." A quotation from Edward Young appears at the top of the first page: "A Competence is vital to content / Much wealth is corpulence, if not disease" and discusses the topic of affluence. The document includes edits and struck-through words.

Biographical Notes

William Ellery Channing (1780-1842), a Unitarian minister, was born in Newport, Rhode Island on April 7, 1780. He received an AB from Harvard in 1798, an AM in 1802, and an STD in 1820. Channing was ordained as the pastor of the Federal Street Church in Boston in 1803, and served there for the rest of his life. He gained national attention as a proponent of Unitarianism. Channing died on October 2, 1842.