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John Seccomb

(1708—1792)


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(1708–92), while a student at Harvard wrote Father Abbey's Will (1731), a humorous verse on the college janitor, which was extremely popular in New England, and was reprinted in London (1732). Its sequel, A Letter of Courtship, is supposedly addressed to Father Abbey's widow by the janitor of Yale. Seccomb was later a Congregational clergyman in his native Massachusetts, and, as an orthodox Calvinist, was prominent in the Great Awakening.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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