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The Chaplain at Breed’s Hill

This Day in History:  June 16, 1775 the Battle of Breed’s Hill was fought.  This is the painting, The Chaplain at Breed’s Hill by artist: Ken Riley. It represents a scene, during the battle, when Chaplain David Avery, who was with the troops at Breed’s Hill, was ministering to the wounded.


The George Washington Inn’s Bible of the Revolution

I’m cutting the text block of this 1782 Bible of the Revolution. It was the first Bible in English to be Made in America. This replica will be going to the George Washington Inn, 939 Finn Hall Road, Port Angeles, Washington. Look for this Bible in their library next month. To learn more about this Bible, visit our web page at the following link:   Click Here 

Band Nippers

Even wonder how I get the bands or hubs on the spine of my books to look so nice? I use these band nipper pliers that you can see in this photo. This is the same 1733 Bible that I have been working on for the past several weeks. It is part of a trade that I am making for a replica of Thomas Jefferson’s library book stand. The one in the photos below is not mine. Mine is in the process of being stained a dark cherry or mahogany color. Learn more about this Bible on my web page at the following link:  Click Here 

For Sale:  $195: 1767 Isaac Watts Hymnal

This is a photo of Tim Abbott with his 1767 Isaac Watts Hymnal that I made for him. It was taken during the reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth. Tim is a member of the 1st New Jersey Regt., Continental Line.   I currently have two of these Hymnals in stock.  Let me know, if you would like one.  To learn more about our replica of our original Isaac Watts Hymnal, click the following link:  Click Here

Free Pocket Size New Testament

A while back, I ordered at least 150 issues of the Christian History Magazines that had to do with the 18th century and gave them away with every order that was shipping in a medium or large size US Post Office Priority Mail medium or large size box.  I ran out of the magazines last month.  I am thinking about ordering more, if they still have the available,  plus a bunch of their latest issue about the Baptist.  In the meantime, I am going to be giving away this pocket size New Testament with every order where there is room for it to fit.

1777 Robert Aitken New Testament

These two before & after images will give you an idea of what I did in order to get my replica of this 1777 Aitken New Testament ready to print. Below you will see the title page from our original 1777 Robert Aitken New Testament and our replica of this same book.

Robert Aitken first advertised his New Testament for sale in the August 28, 1777 edition of the Pennsylvania Evening Post.  See below:

The transcription of this ad is below:

“Just printed (bound and ready for sale) by R. Aitken, printer and bookseller, opposite the London Coffee-house, Frontstreet, a neat edition of THE NEW TESTAMENT for the use of schools, where may be had writing paper of different kinds, particularly letter paper of the first quality, and several hundreds of excellent quills.”

Before the Revolution, it had been impossible to print an English language version of the Bible in the colonies because no American printers held a license from the King granting permission to print the Bible. The war cut off shipments of Bibles from Great Britain and also got rid of the need for the license; thereby creating a shortage of Bibles and the ability to print them in America.

Robert Aitken stepped in to fill this void. Beginning in 1777, Aitken began publishing and selling New Testaments. Demand was heavy, so every year, for the next five years, Aitken published a new edition of his New Testament. In total, he published five editions: Aitken’s second edition was published in 1778; his third in 1779; his fourth in 1780; and finally his last and fifth edition was published in 1781.

I am currently making three of these New Testaments.  One is spoken for, but the other two will be available, when finished.  To see how I hand bind these New Testaments, please visit our web page at the following link:  Click Here


Christian Soldier’s Penny Bible

I am making more Christian Soldier’s Penny Bibles.  These are photo of me working on my replica of the original 16 page “Christian Soldier’s Penny Bible”. It was originally bound in pamphlet form and I bind it the same way. It is printed on laid paper and sewn together with linen thread, like it would have been in the 17th century. You can purchase them for $9.95 from my Etsy Store at the following link:  Click here to purchase from my Etsy Store

Free Pamphlet, “The Marks of the New Birth”, dated 1739 by George Whitefield

I have been making George Whitefield’s pamphlet/sermon, The Marks of the New Birth, dated 1739 for a few months now. This is a 24 page pamphlet that measures 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall. The last five pages of this pamphlet contain a section entitled, A Prayer for one desiring to be awakened to an Experience of the New Birth and then a shorter one titled, A Prayer for one newly awakened to a Sense of the Divine Life. I read this pamphlet this morning and it is my most favorite pamphlet that I have ever made. You will want to read and pass these out to your reenactor friends. Substantial volume discounts are available for this and any other pamphlet that I make. Just ask. You can purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from my Etsy Store at the following link.

Click here to purchase from my Etsy Store

I have uploaded this pamphlet to the “Files” page our 18th Century Parsons page, so that you can download it for free and then make it yourself. That is how serious I am about passing these out at 18th Century events. I uploaded this pamphlet in both .pub & .pdf formats.  The .pub file requires Microsoft Publisher to open, read, or print. The .pdf version requires Adobe Reader, Acrobat, Standard, etc.  The following will take you to our 18th Century Parson page on face book.  You will have to ask to join our group and then I will have to add you before you can download these files.  

Click Here to go to the 18th Century Parsons page