BELKNAP, Jeremy (1744-1798). An Election Sermon, preached before the General Court of New-Hampshire, at Portsmouth, June 2, 1785. Portsmouth, New-Hampshire: Melcher and Osborne, 1785.

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8vo., (8 x 5 1/8 inches). (Evenly browned throughout). Contemporary half sheep, marbled boards (extremities worn with loss, backstrip detached; lacking front free endpaper).


First edition. “First regular New Hampshire election sermon” (Vail). Includes two lines by Governor Winthrop on the title page, with a type correction: “The best part of a people is always the lesser; and of that best part, the wisest is always the best least.” Belknap was an American clergyman best known for penning “History of New-Hampshire,” the first modern history written by an American.