135 Draft of a Petition for the Anointment of Jeremiah Dummer

    [ca. 1704]

    To His Excellency, Joseph Dudley, Esq. Governour of the provinces, Etc.1

    Inasmuch as We understand, That it would be A Thing acceptable to your Excellency, as Judging that it would be for the publick good, if Mr. Jeremiah Dummer might be employed in some suitable service at the Colledge in Cambridge; And it may be some further satisfaction unto your Excellency, and have a Tendency to prevent misunderstandings, if your Excellency may see the Apprehensions of some on that matter, who either now are, or Lately were, in some Relation to The Colledge; We humbly offer our opinion, That for the said Mr. Jeremiah Dummer to serve the Students of that Society, as a professor of2 philology there, may be A thing that would have a good Aspect on the Interest of Learning; and that such A prelector3 doing his Duty well, may be A benefit and ornament unto the Society.

    Increase Mather Late President

    James Allen

    College Papers, i. 34 (No. 76). Jeremiah Dummer (A.B. 1699) had just returned from Europe with a Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht. For the General Court’s negative reaction to this suggestion see No. 141. Note also Morison, Seventeenth Century, ii. 535, n. 3, and Sibley, Sketches (Shipton), iv. 455. The signatures are originals.