the Thoreau Log.
1833
Æt. 16.
Summer. Concord, Mass.
Thoreau builds a boat, which he calls “The Rover,” for trips on the river (Thoreau, the Poet-Naturalist, 13).
24 August. Concord, Mass.
Thoreau passes the Harvard University entrance exam, but just barely, as Harvard’s president, Josiah Quincy, states: “One branch more and you had been turned by entirely. You have barely got in” (Emerson Society Quarterly 7 (2nd quarter 1957):2).
30 August. Cambridge, Mass.
Thoreau enters Harvard College (Studies in the American Renaissance 1989, 180note).
Harvard University 1850 _ 2
Harvard University (ca. 1850) (The Walter Harding Collection in the Thoreau Society Collections)
1 September. Cambridge, Mass.
Thoreau starts his first term at Harvard College, rooming with Charles Stearns Wheeler in Hollis Hall no. 20. He enrolls in the following classes:

  • Geometry taught by Benjamin Peirce
  • History; reading Elements of General History, Ancient and Modern by Alexander Fraser Tytler
  • Greek composition, grammar, and antiquities taught by Christopher Dunkin; reading Xenophon’s Anabasis
  • Latin taught by Henry S. McKean; reading Charles Folsom’s Livy and Horace’s Odes
  • Latin composition and antiquities taught by Charles Beck; reading A Grammar of the Latin Language by Karl Gottlob Zumpt
    (Thoreau’s Harvard Years, part 1:13; A Catalogue of Officers and Students of Harvard University for the  Academical Year 1833-34)
    3 September. Cambridge, Mass.
    Thoreau checks out The Life of Erasmus by Charles Butler from Harvard College Library (Companion to Thoreau’s Correspondence, 286).
    6 September. Cambridge, Mass.
    Thoreau signs his copy of Cicero’s Orations “D H Thoreau Hollis 20 Sept 6th” (Studies in the American Renaissance 1983, 159).
    11 September. Cambridge, Mass.
    Thoreau checks out Travels in Canada and the United States in 1816 and 1817 by Francis Hall from Harvard College Library (Companion to Thoreau’s Correspondence, 286).
    18 September. Cambridge, Mass.
    Thoreau checks out A New History of the Life and Reign of the Czar Peter the Great by John Bancks and Moral Tales, volume 1 by Jean François Marmontel from Harvard College Library (Companion to Thoreau’s Correspondence, 286).
    25 September. Cambridge, Mass.
    Thoreau checks out Adventures on the Columbia River by Ross Cox and Sketches of a Tour to the Lakes by Thomas Loraine McKenney from Harvard College Library (Companion to Thoreau’s Correspondence, 286).
    2 October. Cambridge, Mass.
    Charles Stearns Wheeler checks out France, volumes 1 and 2 by Lady Morgan for Thoreau from Harvard College Library (Companion to Thoreau’s Correspondence, 286).
    6 October. Cambridge, Mass.
    Thoreau misses morning and evening chapel to hike to Concord with Charles Stearns Wheeler (Thoreau’s Harvard Years, 13).
    18 October. Concord, Mass.
    Thoreau’s brother John writes to George Stearns: “Henry and [Charles] Stearns Wheeler walked up from Cambridge last week. Henry blistered his feet very badly; he said he walked two miles in his stockings; he was three hours coming from Lincoln; he made quite a short visit” (Life of Henry David Thoreau, 217).
    1 December. Cambridge, Mass.
    Thoreau finishes his first term at Harvard, earning 1,215 points (Thoreau’s Harvard Years, part 1:13).
    2 December. Cambridge, Mass.
    Thoreau starts his second term at Harvard, enrolling in the following classes:

    • Algebra taught by Benjamin Peirce
    • History; reading Elements of General History, Ancient and Modern by Alexander Fraser Tytler
    • Greek composition, grammar, and antiquities taught by Christopher Dunkin; reading Xenophon’s Anabasis
    • Latin taught by Henry S. McKean; reading Charles Folsom’s Livy and Horace’s Odes
    • Latin composition, grammar, and antiquities taught by Charles Beck; reading A Grammar of the Latin Language by Karl Gottlob Zumpt
    (Thoreau’s Harvard Years, part 1:13)



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