Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1911. American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, with a few pieces of Domestic Plate, no. 660
Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, loan, 1938-2011
William Blake Trask, Early Matters Relating to the Town and First Church of Dorchester, 1886, p.11.
John Henry Buck, Old Plate, its Makers & Marks, 1903, p. 239.
E. Alfred Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches, 1913, p. 147-48.
Charles Knowles Bolton, Bolton's American Amory, 1927, p. 141.
Hollis French, Jacob Hurd and His Sons Nathaniel & Benjamin, Silversmiths 1702-1781, 1939, p. 45.
Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, 1998, p. 608.
Captain Clapp and his wife were seemingly well-educated as both signed their 1680 deed. Additionally, Captain Clapp penned his own memoirs late in life. His memoirs, which were published by the Dorchester Antiquarian Historical Society in 1844, provide invaluable insight into 17th century colonial life, including his voyage from England and interactions with the Indians. Captain Clapp reflects upon his life in the developing colony: "I do not remember that ever I did wish in my heart that I had not come to this country, or wish myself back again to my father's house."
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