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Among the many interesting minor characters of the American Revolution in Philip Frenean known now principally for a few poems of questionable value, but who, during the twenty years centering upon the war, was variously employed as a newspaper editor and captain of a merchant vessel.
After his graduation from Princeton in 1771 he supported the popular cause during the Revolution, in his prose and poetry engaging at the same time in his near-farming adventures. In 1790 Thomas Jefferson, then Secretary of State, appointed him translator to the State Department. At the same time he took over the editorship of the "National Gazette", through the medium of which he violently opposed Alexander Hamilton and the Federalists.
Frenean will be the subject of a lecture this morning by Professor Murdock at 10 o'clock in Harvard 2.
There is such a wealth of story and legend connected with the life of Cadman, the first English Christian poet, that it would be utterly impossible to attempt here to trace his history. And indeed everyone doubtless knows that most important story of how the stranger appeared to him in a dream and commanded his to sing. Then, suddenly, though he pleaded inability, be found himself uttering "verses which he had never heard."
It is from the Ecclesiastical History written by the "venerable" Bede that we gain what knowledge there is of Cadman and for that matter of Bede himself. In a short biographical note at the end of the History he says in conclusion. "From the time of my admission to the priesthood to my present fifty-ninth year. I have endeavored . . . to make brief notes upon the Holy Scripture either out of the works of the venerable fathers, or in conformity with their meaning and interpretation." And the fact that he was ordained deacon at 19 allows that he was regarded as remarkable both for learning and and goodness.
Mr. Magoun will lecture on the Cadmanian poems and Bede at 11 o'clock this morning in Sever 5.
Other lectures of interest are:
"Political Parties and Ministerial Instability in France." Professor Munro, New Lecture Hall, Government 1.
"English gothic Architecture. Professor Edgell, Robinson Hall, Fine Arts 4a.
"Recinal of Compositions for the Organ by J. S. Bach". Professor Davison, Appleton Chapel.
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