Encyclopedia Brunoniana


  • In 1798 Tristam Burges opened a "morning school" and a "day school" for young ladies in an "elegant and pleasantly situated room adjacent to and directly in front of Hacker’s Hall," on South Main Street.Burges, Tristam
  • In 1798 it took a new format as a pamphlet.Catalogues
  • The first of these organizations was the Misokosmian Society in 1794, which changed its name to Philermenian Society in 1798.Debating
  • In 1783 there were only twelve, but then there began a steady growth to 23 in 1784, 68 in 1789, 83 in 1793, and 100 in 1798.Enrollment
  • Benjamin West lectured in mathematics and astronomy and Perez Fobes in natural philosophy from 1786 to 1798 when Asa Messer took over in these subjects.Faculty
  • On August 1, 1791, four days after the death of Manning, Fobes was requested by the Corporation to "attend the College from this time ’till Commencement to supervise the instruction of the Students & perform prayers &c." The efficacy of his prayer is recorded in "The Ministry of Taunton" by Samuel Hopkins Emery: Fobes allowed the College the benefit of the scientific apparatus which he owned while he was a professor, and on resigning in 1798 left behind the instruments, for the use of which the College paid him fifty dollars a year.Fobes, Perez
  • Another lottery for the benefit of the College held in 1798 paid out $8,000 and brought in $33,548.50.Fund-raising
  • The professors of mathematics during the first hundred years included Benjamin West, who lectured from 1786 to 1798, Asa Messer whose title was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy from 1799 to 1802 and who continued to teach after becoming president in 1802, Jasper Adams from 1819 to 1824, Alva Woods from 1824 to 1828, Alexis Caswell from 1828 to 1863, and Samuel Stillman Greene from 1855 to 1864.Mathematics
  • In 1798 a new constitution provided for renaming the society the "Philermenian Society," increasing the membership to 45 (it had earlier been increased to forty), celebrating the society’s anniversary with appropriate literary exercises, and forming a library.Philermenian Society
  • In 1798, Benjamin West's last year at the College, his title was changed to Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy.West, Benjamin