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Judge John Eliot

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Probate inventory; Hartford County, CT Probate Records (taken 23 May 1719); published as "Library of Judge John Eliot" in Genealogy of the Descendants of John Eliot. New Haven, CT (1905), pp. 290-292
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William Weeden, in his book Economic and Social History of New England, 1620-1789 (1890) calls Eliot's library "The most comprehensive list I have seen," adding "The brilliant and permanent literature of Queen Anne had made hardly any impression in our colonies, but this collection had two volumes of 'The Tattler.' It is a most heterogeneous lot, old histories, sermons, a few medical books, and more upon law, miscellaneous literature, almost all now unknown to the ordinary reader."
In applying for a Harvard scholarship on Eliot's behalf in 1682, his maternal grandfather Daniel Gookin wrote "His father left him but small matters (except his bookes) of outward things in order to bring him up to learning which was his last desire at his death."
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