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This month in Harvard history

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April 29, 1636 — John Harvard marries Ann Sadler (sister of John Sadler, future Master of Cambridge University’s Magdalene College). Just over a year later, they emigrate to New England.

April 24, 1759 — The Board of Overseers recommends that the President and Fellows (the Corporation) repeal “the Law prohibiting the drinking of Punch.” The Corporation in turn allows a Commencer to “entertain any of the Guests at his Chamber, with Punch.” Two years later, the Governing Boards agree that “it shall be deemed no offence, if the scholars, shall in a sober manner entertain one another and strangers with punch (which as it is now usually made, is no intoxicating liquor).”