Month: October 2016

1733 Primitive Physic

We have begun work on five more 1773 “Primitive Physic” books that were first written and published by the Rev. John Wesley in 1749.  I stitched the book, in the photo below, on the back porch this warm October afternoon.


This fun and informative period medical book is 456 pages in length. Rev. John Wesley (1703-1791) was not only the founder of Methodism, but also wrote widely in other areas of concern. Wesley realized that medicine was not available to all. His aim in writing “Primitive Physic” was to bring practical medical advice to workers and others who could not afford private doctors.



General Orders by George Washington from Valley Forge

I often work on my “This Day in History” posts, that I usually post on our 18th Century Parson page on face book, in advance. I just finished the following post for next May 2nd and thought that I would share it with you.
This Day in History: May 2nd, 1778: General Orders by George Washington
Head-Quarters V. Forge Saturday May 2nd. 78_
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The Commander in Chief directs that divine Service be performed every Sunday at 11 oClock in those Brigades to which there are Chaplains__those which have none to attend the places of worship nearest to them__It is expected that Officers of all Ranks will by their attendance set an Example to their men.__
While we are zealously performing the duties of good Citizens and soldiers we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of Religion__ To the distinguished Character of Pa_
Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of Christian__ The Signal Instance of providential Goodness which we have experienced and which have now almost crowned our labours with complete Success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of Gratitude & Piety to the Supreme Author of all Good.___
At a General Court Martial whereof Colonel Febiger was President, April 27th 1778., Timothy Flood a soldier in Captain Craiges Company of Light Dragoons tried for desertion to the Enemy and upon Suspicion of being a spy & unanimously acquitted;__ And the Court determine the money for which the Prisoner sold his horse & the Accoutrements brought with him out of Philadelphia be delivered for the public Use to the Person appointed to purchase horses and Accoutrements for Captain Craiges Company of Light Dragoons.___
The Commander in Chief approves the sentence and orders it to take place.___
After Orders May 2nd 1778.___
No fatigue Parties to be employed on Sundays till further Orders.___
Source: George Washington, The Writings of George Washington, John C. Fitzpatrick, editor (Washington, D. C.: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1934), Vol. 11, pp. 342-343, General Orders of May 2, 1778.
Transcribed by James Moore of 18th Century Bibles
See the original two page document below.

Jonathan Swift & Gulliver’s Travels

Today in History: October 19th, 1745 – Jonathan Swift, Irish priest and poet (b. 1667) died.


I have two original books for sale by Jonathan Swift. The first is “Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World…by Lemuel Gulliver…” or better known as “Gulliver’s Travels”, 1751 London. I was going to scan this book and replicate it, but have decided against it.

The other book is, “Letters, Written by Jonathan Swift, D.D., Dean of St. Patrick’s Dublin…”, 1767. I am just throwing in this second book for free.

Price $195

“Gulliver’s Travels” is in good shape, except the front board and the first few pages are loose. In addition, a small section of the very thin leather has come loose from the front board. It will be no problem to glue back. I really should slow down long enough to do it for you. Size: about 1” X 4 1/4” X 6 3/4”

The other book included in this sell it my original 1767 book, “Letters, Written by Jonathan Swift, D.D., Dean of St. Patrick’s Dublin…” Size: about 1” X 4 5/8” X 7 3/8”. The front board is not only detached, but is missing. The spine appears to be splitting. The text block is intact, except for where the spine is starting to split. This book is full of interesting letters.

Let me know if you want these books. You can also visit the following link to see them for sale.

1734 Book of Common Prayer and 1767 Isaac Watts Hymnal are headed to Pennsylvania

This 1734 Book of Common Prayer and this 1767 Isaac Watts Hymnal are headed to Pennsylvania to Jon J Baker, founder of the non profit ministry and educational outreach called “Time-Line Enterprises”. His group does all time periods from the 1700’s to the modern time. He and his cohorts do divine services for the reenactments that they go to, and right now the biggest areas they do are French & Indian and Civil War. Look for this Bible in the north east.

Check out their web site at the following link:

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above:  1734 Book of Common Prayer covered in lambskin


above:  1767 Isaac Watts Hymnal covered in lambskin

Burial of the Dead


Above:  The “Burial of the Dead” services by the 1st and 3rd Pennsylvania battalions.



Above:  The “Burial of the Dead” service by Travis Bennett at  Fort Erie.


Thinking about conducting a “Burial of the Dead” service at your event, but not sure how?  We scanned the Burial of the Dead service from our original 1734 Book of Common Prayer and then turned it into a pamphlet for you to use and pass out at your event.  You can either get it free by downloading it from our 18th Century Parsons page on Facebook or you can purchase our Pamphlet DVD which has it and another hundred of so pamphlets, military documents, etc., on it,  or we can make them for you.





photo from Lynn Otto & Mrs. Bennett

18th Century Wedding

Our pocket size 1734 Book of Common Prayer was used last weekend at an event in St Johns Michigan for an 18th century wedding. After the ceremony the Book was given as a gift to the bride and groom, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Mann.

If you would like learn more about our 1734 Book of Common Prayer, visit our web page at the following link:




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Divine Service at Fort Ligonier this morning

The photos below were taken during the Divine Service at Fort Ligonier this morning.


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Join us at our services and on our 18th Century Parsons page on face book at the following link:


photos courtesy of  Jim Rogers