As ARCHAEOLOGISTS unearth the trash form the past they'll discover More about the lifestyle of colonial undergraduate. And very old Harvard rules and regulations give some additional clues.
The following tidbits come from the "Laws Liberties and orders of Harvard College," approved by the President and Fellows from 1642 to 1646. They are listed in the College Books, the records of the Harvard Corporation from 1636 to 1750.
"When any Schollar is able to Read Tully or such like classical Latin Author ex tempore, & make and speak true Latin in verse and prose suo (up aiunt) Marte, and decline perfectly the paradigmes of Nounes and verbes in ye Greeke tongue, then may hee be admitted into Ye College, nor shall any claime admission before such qualifications.
"They shall bee slow to speak, & eschew not onely oathes, Lies, & uncertaine Rumours, but likewise all idle, foolish, bitter scoffing, frothy wanton words & offensive gestures."
MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS
"None shall pragmatically intrude or intermeddle in other men's affaires."
In 1734, the College rules were expanded. Also listed in the College Books these revised regulations went into more detail--and described methods of punishment.
CRIME DOESN'T PAY
Forget about the Ad Board. if Harvard students transgressed in the eighteenth century, they had to pay--in shillings and pence. Here's a menu of charges of student sins.
. Tardy to prayer two pence.
. Absent from prayer: four pence.
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