1736 July 7 (Wednesday). Commencement. I rode up to Cambridge in the Morning. I traded with Mr. Lambson at Neck of Land, for Two pair Grave Stones. Divers young Ladies and Gentlemen at F. Champneys. Mrs. Sarah Mountfort with her Brother — Mrs. Betty Ellis and Mr. Thomas Goldthwait — and some others. I walked over with them. N.B. At Noon in the Hall, the President would have room Made for the Representatives, and directed many up into the Library, where there was no room for them. But I kept my Scituation in the Hall. P.M. N.B. The unusual Opposition, and Contest between the Corporation and Overseers respecting Mr. Hartshorne’s having his Degree. I lodged at F. Champneys. A very Public Commencement and a great deal of Company. But Hartshorne, and the Governours hasty withdraw from the middst of the Public Exercise, the Grand Subject of all Talk.
Benjamin Wadsworth (1670-1637, Harvard 1690; SHG, 83-91.
Ebenezer Hartshorn, Harvard 1732. Hartshorn left Harvard during his sophomore year and later appealed, ultimately successfully, to receive his M.A. SHG, 9:164-66.
Governor Jonathan Belcher (1682-1757), Harvard 1698; SHG, 4:434-49.