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Call No.: HUC 8762.324.2
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Belknap, Jeremy, 1744-1798
Title: Student compositions of Jeremy Belknap, 1759-
Quantity: .26 cubic feet (1 half legal document box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The collection contains eight short handwritten works composed by three Harvard undergraduates Jeremy Belknap (1744-1798; Harvard AB 1762), Andrew Fuller (1743-1831; Harvard AB 1764), and Peter Thacher (1752-1802; Harvard AB 1769) in the mid-18th century. The documents include six compositions composed by Belknap consisting of two philosophical themes on morality, a disputation, an analysis of Luke 14, and a sketch on the death of John the Baptist, as well as a Latin disputation composed by Fuller and a translation of a poem about the burning of Harvard Hall translated by Thacher, both presumed to have been collected by Belknap. The compositions provide a resource for studying academic life of Harvard undergraduates in the 18th century, and offer information on the subjects and styles of student themes and orations.
In the Harvard University Library
- Some eighteenth century compositions : magazine clipping (HUC 8762.324).
- A discourse intended for the Dudleian lecture in the University of Cambridge, September 1, 1790 (HUC 5340.90).
- Triennial Catalogue annotated by Jeremy Belknap, 1791.In the Massachusetts Historical Society
- Jeremy Belknap papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
- Peter Thacher diaries, 1764-1799 (Ms. –1650).
Jeremy Belknap (1744-1798), a minister and historian, was born in Boston on June 4, 1744. He received an AB from Harvard in 1762 and an AM in 1765. He became the minister of the First Congregational Church of Dover, New Hampshire in 1767, and later served as minister at the Church in Long Lane, Boston. As a historian, Belknap published the History of New Hampshire (1784) and American Biography (1794). Belknap founded the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1791 and also served on the Harvard Board of Overseers. He died on June 20, 1798.
Andrew Fuller (1743-1831), a schoolmaster of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, was born on April 21, 1743 in Middleton, Mass. He received an AB from Harvard in 1765 and an AM in 1768. He served as schoolmaster in Lyndeborough for nearly fifty years, and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1776. Fuller died in April 1831.
Peter Thacher (1752-1802), a minister in Boston and Malden, Mass., was born in 1752 in Milton, Mass. He attended grammar school in Milton and was taught by Jeremy Belknap. Thacher received an AB from Harvard in 1769 and an AM in 1772. He was ordained on September 19, 1770 as the minister of the First Congregational Parish in Malden, and in December 1775, he was appointed the chaplain to the Provincial Council in Watertown, Mass. On January 12, 1785, Thacher was installed as the minister of the Brattle Street Church in Boston and became an ex-officio member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Thacher was actively involved in local civic organizations, and helped to found the Massachusetts Historical Society with Belknap. Thacher died on December 16, 1802.
- Shipton, Clifford K. Biographical Sketches of those who attended Harvard College in the classes of 1713-1721. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1942.
- –Biographical Sketches of those who attended Harvard College in the classes of 1764-1767. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1972.
- –Biographical Sketches of those who attended Harvard College in the classes of 1768-1771. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1975.
The collection is arranged in three series:
This collection contains eight handwritten works composed by three Harvard undergraduates in the mid-18th century. The collection is arranged into series by author and consists of six compositions written by Jeremy Belknap, a Latin disputation composed by Andrew Fuller, and a translation of a poem about the burning of Harvard Hall translated by Peter Thacher. Belknap's compositions consists of two philosophical themes on morality, a disputation, an analysis of Luke 14, and a sketch on the death of John the Baptist. All of the documents are written on unlined notebook paper and range from one to four pages. The compositions provide a resource for studying academic life of Harvard undergraduates in the 18th century, and offer information on the subjects and styles of student themes and orations.The items were donated to Harvard by Belknap's granddaughter, and it is likely that Jeremy Belknap himself collected the compositions of Fuller, and Thacher (with whom he corresponded during Thacher's years at Harvard).
This document last updated 2015 March 4.