THE NEW HAMPSHIRE CLOCKSMITH’S BOOK
The Methodist Magazine for the Year 1798, volume 2.
Philadelphia: Henry Tuckniss, sold by John Dickins… and by the Methodist Ministers and Preachers throughout the United States, .
This volume of the Philadelphia edition of The Methodist Magazine is inscribed “Robinson Perkins’ Book. Bought 1800, price $2.00 – Jaffrey.” A prosperous citizen of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Robinson Perkins (1766–1847) was a famous early American master clocksmith. Surviving grandfather clocks with hand-painted faces by Robinson Perkins are highly prized by collectors, and several in unrestored condition were known to keep good time well into the twentieth century. His son, Jared Perkins (1793–1854), became a prominent Methodist minister and presiding elder in New Hampshire and Vermont.