Nathan Hale: Yale 1773 :: Curator: Richard E. Mooney mssa exhibition

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The Literate Hale
The Linonian Society was founded in 1753 "to promote literature, friendship and improvement in rhetoric and oratory." Members delivered "narrations" at weekly meetings in each other's rooms, followed by a "dialogue" among two or more members and finally "speeches." Enoch and Nathan Hale were elected in 1770 along with Alden, Hillhouse, Mead, Gridley and others. Nathan, as Scribe, kept the minutes for most of 1771, and became Secretary and briefly Chancellor in 1772.
Hale was one of the founders of the Linonian library, created because members found the college library inadequate. Members contributed books and money. Hale's contributions included The Travels of Cyrus, Prince of Persia and cash contributions of 6 shillings each towards purchase of The Spectator and Lord Cames Elements of Criticism.
A letter to Nathan in New London in 1774 from Roger Alden certifies Hale's reputation as a reader: "I suppose that you rose very early this morning [and] have been perusing some agreeable as well as profitable book…"