in the hands of clergymen.
They tended to reproduce a type of scholarship based upon the ancient languages.
The curriculum varied but little in the different colonies, and this fact helped to produce a feeling of fellowship among all members of the republic of letters.
The men who debated the Stamp Act were, with a few striking exceptions, men trained in Latin and Greek
, familiar with the great outlines of human history, accustomed to the discipline of academic disputation.
They knew the ideas and the vocabulary of cultivated Europe
and were conscious of no provincial inferiority.
In the study of the physical sciences, likewise, the colonials were but little behind the mother country.
The Royal Society had its distinguished members here.
, the Dudleys, John Winthrop
, John Bartram
, James Logan
, James Godfrey
, Cadwallader Colden
, and above all, Franklin
himself, were winning the respect of European
students, and were teaching Americans
to use their eyes and their minds not merely upon the records of the past but in searching out the inexhaustible meanings of the present.
There is no more fascinating story than that of the beginnings of American science in and outside of the colleges,