Treasure #91 Belknap Table

Belknap table

Belknap table

Dr. Jeremy Belknap (1744—1798), Boston native and Harvard graduate, moved to Dover in 1767 to become minister at the Congregational Church. During his 20 year stay at that parish, he wrote the first volume of an eventual 3-volume “History of New Hampshire” (pictured is an 1812 edition), at this mahogany table which still bears ink stains from his pen. He also composed his weekly sermons here. Today, Belknap is credited with authoring the first modern history written by an American and introducing two innovations into historical research: 1.) separating facts from analysis or opinion, and 2.) annotating and crediting his sources. Dr. Belknap is buried in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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