into his charge not merely the printing apparatus, but the Widow Glover
, whom he finally made his wife.
For forty years all the printing done in the British Colonies
was done on this press, Stephen Daye
being followed by his son Matthew, and he by Samuel Green
We know that the first work printed here was “The Freeman
's oath,” in 1639; and that about a hundred books were thus printed before 1700, this including Eliot
's English Bible.
It was not till 1674, nearly forty years later, that a press was set up in Boston
; and Thomas
in his “History of printing” says that “the press of Harvard College was, for a time, as celebrated as the press of the Universities
And not merely were the foundations of the town and of the college thus laid in literature, but the early presidents of Harvard
were usually selected, not merely for soundness of doctrine,which was not always their strong point,--but for their scholarship and even supposed literary taste.
, for instance, was an eminent Oriental
scholar and performed also the somewhat dubious service of preparing the