Blog Post Author: Stephen F. Haller Ph.D.
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Figure 1: Rev. Charles Nisbet (January 21, 1736 - January 18, 1804) moved from Scotland to become the first principal of Dickinson College in July 1785. The young college did not have the financial resources to build a suitable library, so he took it upon himself to build a text for his students.
As Dickinson College began offering classes in fall 1785, one major concern weighed on the mind of the Rev. Charles Nisbet (January 21, 1736 - January 18, 1804), the new