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Journal of a Voyage From Gibraltar to Georgia by George Whitefield

This is George Whitefield’s book, Journal of a Voyage From Gibraltar to Georgia, which details his travels from Europe to America, and was published by Benjamin Franklin.   Franklin found Whitefield both interesting and sincere as a preacher.

Also notice the name that is written on the left page – “Catherine Loxley her Book”.  Back in the day, the possessive case was expressed that way instead of “Catherine Loxley’s Book”.  You also see that expression used on a lot of powder horns of this era, such as John Doe his horn. The apostrophe s we use today for the possessive is a contraction of “his”. So, now you know.

Michael Hussey His 1733 New Testament

This is a photo of Michael Hussey holding his 1733 New Testament that I made for him. Michael holds Divine Services in his Tavern on Sunday mornings at events.  If you would like one of these New Testaments for your kit, please visit my Etsy Store at the following link:  Purchase New Testament Here

Charles Wesley is Dead

This Day in History: March 21st, 1778 Charles Wesley died. Today marks the “Death of Charles Wesley, brother of John and author of about nine thousand hymns, including such favorites as ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,’ ‘And Can It Be,’ ‘O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,’ ‘Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,’ ‘Jesus, Lover of My Soul,’ and ‘Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.’”  I make a replica of my original 1767 hymnal by Charles Wesley.  You may purchase a copy for $125 from my Etsy Store at the following link:  Purchase Here


This Day in History: March 21st, 1748

“THE 10TH (that is, in the present style, the 21st) of March is a day much to be remembered by me; and I have never suffered it to pass wholly unnoticed since the year 1748: on that day the Lord sent from on high and delivered me out of deep waters.” “John Newton wrote these words about fifteen years after his terrifying brush with death. “

“John Newton was the son of a naval man and a Christian mother. Her faith impressed him so much that at an age when most boys are more interested in kites and games than in religion, he fasted and prayed, seeking God. His mother died when he was seven. Ten years later, his father got him a position on a warship. Depressed at leaving England and his girlfriend, he deserted but was captured and traded to a slave ship.

On the slaver, Newton gave way to wicked impulses. Corrupted himself, he delighted in corrupting others. Godless sailors considered him the worst among them. Because he was rebellious and careless, he found himself ‘a slave of slaves’ on the coast of Africa. His father paid a captain to rescue him.

The rescue ship, however, was in bad shape. One night Newton woke, hearing a crash. His cabin filled with water as the ship rocked in the midst of a raging storm. He was about to dart onto the deck when the captain called him to bring a knife. Another man rushed ahead of him and was swept overboard. When Newton reached the deck, he found that timbers had been ripped away. He joined other sailors who were pumping and bailing frantically. Fortunately their cargo of beeswax and other light material helped to keep them afloat. The sailors did all that they could, even stuffing clothes and bedding into leaks and nailing boards over them.

John Newton tells the story of Newton with rich background and images.

Later, bitterly cold and lashed to the wheel to steer the ship, Newton reflected on his life. He knew Christianity was true, but thought his sins were too great for God to forgive. When he heard that the ship was free of water, he took courage and began to pray and to think of Jesus. ‘I recollected his death: a death for sins not his own, but … for the sake of those who should put their trust in him.” On this day, 21 March 1748, he snatched a free moment to open a Bible. Through many days of storm, he read when he could, although the Captain muttered he ought to be thrown overboard like Jonah.

When the ship limped into port, Newton knew God had saved his soul. He had little understanding of the implications, however, and continued slaving. Although he was a kinder slaver than most, held worship services for his men, and kept them from blaspheming aboard his ship, the deaths of thousands of slaves would haunt him the rest of his life.

Six years later he recognized slavery was wrong and joined the abolitionists. He became a minister and the author of notable hymns, including ‘Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken,’ ‘How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds,’ and ‘Safely Through Another Week.’ His most famous hymn, however, summarized his experience:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now am found, Was blind but now I see.”



Thomas Cranmer Burned at the Stake

This Day in History:  March 21, 1556 Thomas Cranmer was burned at the stake.  Look closely at this engraving of Thomas Cranmer being burned at the stake by the orders of Queen Mary.  Notice that he is holding his charred right hand high in the flames.

“Thomas Cranmer was archbishop of Canterbury during much of the reign of King Henry VIII of England, architect of England’s Protestant Reformation, and primary author of the Book of Common Prayer. The liturgy he composed still remains in use by many Anglicans. Because Cranmer annulled the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, he was in jeopardy when their Catholic daughter Mary came to the throne. In an effort to save himself from martyrdom by fire, he recanted his Protestant views. When he found he was to burn anyway, he wrote out a sermon to read before his execution which occurred on this day March 21, 1556. It called men to repentance and godly living before abruptly taking up the issue of his recantations.”


“And now I come to the great thing which so much troubles my conscience, more than any thing that ever I did or said in my whole life, and that is the setting abroad of a writing contrary to the truth, which now here I renounce and refuse, as things written with my hand contrary to the truth which I thought in my heart, and written for fear of death, and to save my life, if it might be. . . . And forasmuch as my hand hath offended, writing contrary to my heart, therefore my hand shall first be punished; for when I come to the fire it shall first be burned.”

“And as for the pope, I refuse him as Christ’s enemy, and Antichrist, with all his false doctrine.”

Illustration Source:  I scanned this image from my original 1732 Fox’s Book of Martyrs.   Our original book is about 3 inches thick, 10 inches wide, and 15 inches tall.  It must weigh at least 10 pounds. It is full of illustrations of Protestants being tortured to death. (mostly burned at the stake). This book contains thirty-one plates that I have scanned and cleaned up.  These engravings are very sharp because they were scanned from a my  large original images, cleaned up, and then shrank down to the smaller book that we are now producing (6 3/4 X 9 ¼) .   I sell a book full of these illustrations at the following link.  You can also see every engraving in this book at this same link:  Click Here


David Menz His 1734 Book of Common Prayer

This is the Parson David Menz with his 1734 Book of Common Prayer book that I made for him.  Please send me photos like this of you or your friends with your books that I have made for you.  I really appreciate getting them.  To learn more about this book, visit my web page at the following link:  Click Here

1715 Apocrypha

This is the first page of the Apocrypha from our original Bible that appears also is in our replica of this original 1715 Old Testament.  The one on the left is the original scan and the one on the right is after we cleaned that page up.  David Moody scanned this entire Apocrypha for us.  Was the Apocrypha in the original King James Bible?  If so, why is it not in there now?

Answer:  For a really detailed answer go to pages 222-228 of Alister McGrath’s book, “In the Beginning:  The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture”.   It’s a complicated story that went on for centuries.  It involves theology, but was finally decided by money.  The answer is that it was in the original 1611 King James Bible.  It remained in most published King James Bibles until 1826 when the missionary societies removed it for financial reasons.  The first English-language Bible printed in North America in 1782, Robert Aitken’s “Bible of the Revolution”, did not have the Apocrypha.   But it wasn’t untill 1826 that the Apocrypha disappeared from most all King James Bibles.  Today, it is mostly impossible to get a major biblical publisher to allow the Apocrypha to be printed within a Bible, even when printing a reproduction that originally had it within.

1734 Book of Common Prayer @ Work

This is a photo taken of Tad W. Miller and Lynn Otto while they were conducting a prayer service during Charter Day at the Conrad Weiser Holmstead, in Wolmesdorf, Pennsylvania. Tad is reading from his 1734 Book of Common Prayer that I made for him.  To learn more about my replica of our original Book of Common Prayer, please visit my web page at the following link:  Click Here