Reverend Mortimer Blake Speaks at Commencement
The Reverend Mortimer Blake, minister of the Winslow Trinitarian Congregational Church in Taunton, MA, speaks at commencement.
Born in Pittston, ME, in 1813, Blake and his family moved to Franklin, MA, when he was four years old. His grandfather employed the Reverend E. Smalley to teach Virgil, Cicero
Blake was a member of Wheaton Female Seminary’s board of trustees from 1854 to 1859, was reelected in 1868 and served as the board’s president from 1872 until his death in 1884. Of his four children, his youngest, Harriet Daniels Blake, graduated from Wheaton in 1878, and taught private classes in natural science and literature. While Harriet was a student, her father sometimes interfered in social and academic policy to the vexation of the principal, the other trustees
a ripe scholar and profound
thinker,[he] seemed like one who had sailed over the ocean of truth, not merely glancing at its surface, but exploring its depths and bringing up rich treasures. He skilfully avoided the seaweed and barnacles of profitless speculation,and dropped his lead where it was sure to fasten itself upon a priceless pearl.
Blake was an active member of the Agassiz Club, founded for the study of mineralogy and natural sciences. He served on the executive committees of the Massachusetts Home Missionary Society, the Congregational Publishing Society and the Massachusetts Temperance Alliance. He was a member of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, vice president of the Old Colony Historical Society in Taunton.
Blake published a number of historical lectures and sermons including Gethsemane and Calvary (1844), A Centurial History of the Mendon Association of Congregational Ministers, with the Centennial Address (1853) and A History of the Town of Franklin for the town’s centennial in 1878.