Diary of Theodore Parsons: son of Revd Moses Parsons of Newbury Falls, 1772

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About this Item

Creator
Parsons, Theodore , 1751-1779
Type
Diaries.Harvard students' notes.Harvard students’ diaries.
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
.03 cubic feet (1 volume)
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990122641550203941

Content Notes

Pamphlet-sized diary kept by Harvard undergraduate Theodore Parsons for the year 1772. At the front of the diary there is one page with five short entries noting the hanging of Bryan Sheehen of Salem for the rape of Abial Hollowell (January 16, 1772), a note of a sermon by Mr. Syms in Andover (January 26, 1772), the death of Mr. Watson (May 17, 1772), a "remarkable circle round the sun" (June 12, 1772), and a note of a sermon by Mr. Appleton (January 1, 1773). Beyond these five entries, the subsequent pages hold regular one-sentence entries with limited information about daily events in Parsons' life, such as dinner companions, notes on recitations to the faculty, sermon attendance, and the weather. The diary consistently logs his interactions with Harvard faculty by name. An example of a typical entry: "AM recited to Mr Sewall, PM at my Chambre fair and cold" (March 14, 1772). In late February and early March Parsons noted his recovery from a cough.

Biographical Notes

Dr. Theodore Parsons was born July 31, 1751 in Byfield, Massachusetts. At Harvard, Parsons served as president of the Speaking Club. He publicly debated against the morality of slavery with Eliphalet Pearson (Harvard AB 1773) at his graduation in 1773. He trained to be a physician and disappeared at sea while serving as a ship's surgeon in 1779.