expense to the city, securing as good work as might be done for a private individual.
While Mr. Belknap
protected the city from dishonesty and corruption in carrying out public improvements, he was broad and wise in his policy.
married Miss Jane P., eldest daughter of the late Holloway
, of Westboro
, by whom he had three children, two of whom survive him, Mrs. R. C. Downer
and Robert W. Belknap
. Mrs. Belknap
died several years before her husband.
For many years Mr. Belknap
was active in Free Masonry, being a member of John Abbot Lodge, the Somerville Chapter
, and the De Molay Commandery
But, while fond of social life, his chief recreation was found at his own fireside with his beloved books.
As we close this hurried outline of a busy life, a life that was not lived in vain, let us quote from Pope
, his favorite author—
Unblemished let me live, or die unknown,
O grant an honest fame, or grant me none.