clergy of that day were also largely the medical advisers of their people and had to be instructed for that function.
The first Professor
of Mathematics and Philosophy, Isaac Greenwood
, was not appointed until 1727; he was followed ( 738) by John Winthrop
, who was greatly in advance of the science of the day, and whose two lectures on comets, delivered in the College Chapel
in 1759, are still good reading.
The year 1783 saw the founding of the Harvard Medical School; and although this was situated in Boston
, the Botanic Garden
was in Cambridge
and under the supervision (1825-1834) of a highly educated English observer, Thomas Nuttall
, whose works on botany and ornithology were pioneers in New England
These books we read, on the very ground which had produced them; and Nuttall
's charming accounts of birds, especially, were as if written in our own garden and orchard.
We further discovered that in passing from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century Old Cambridge passed from the domain of a somewhat elementary science to a more than elementary literature.
The appointment of John Quincy Adams
(1806) as Professor