Jeremy Belknap papers, 1637-1891, bulk: 1758-1799.


Belknap, Jeremy, 1744-1798. Jeremy Belknap papers, 1637-1891, bulk: 1758-1799.

Jeremy Belknap papers, 1637-1891, bulk: 1758-1799.

Papers of Jeremy Belknap, Congregational clergyman, historian, and one of the founders of the Mass. Historical Society. He was pastor at the First Church, Dover, N.H., 1767-86; and minister of the Federal Street Church (now the Arlington Street Church), Boston, Mass., from 1787 to his death. Among his historical writings are the History of New Hampshire, The Foresters, and American Biography. The collection consists of historical papers collected by Belknap, in particular materials related to the Louisbourg Expedition during the French and Indian War, and his contemporary correspondence and papers; sermons and notes (1762-1798); materials on his writings; materials on the Oneida Indians and the Society for Propagating the Gospel among Indians and Others in North America; letters to Belknap in response to his questions relating to the history of slavery in Massachusetts; diaries, many in interleaved almanacs (1758-1798); a letterbook (1768-1788); commonplace books (1766-1798); and miscellaneous papers and small volumes. (Cont) There is also a meteorological journal (1798), Joseph Belknap's account book (1748-1812), genealogical materials, poetry, an unidentified account book (1829-55), and statistical tables on N.H. towns. Correspondents include scholar and businessman Ebenezer Hazard, John Eliot, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Noah Webster, and many others. Individuals represented in the historical documents include William Shirley, William Pepperrell, Jeremiah Dummer, and Joseph Dudley.

10 boxes, 71 vols. (22 in cases), 2 folders, 2 oversize boxes, and 1 oversize vol.

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