Item 18 - Self-Interpreting Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments

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Self-Interpreting Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments

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Also known within St. Peter's Cathedral Church as The Wadman Bible

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John Brown

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  • Attributions and conjectures: Complete title: Self-Interpreting Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments according to the Authorized Version with an introduction; marginal references and illustrations; a summary of the several books, an analysis of each chapter; a paraphrase and evangelical reflections upon the most important passages, and numerous explanatory notes.
  • Statements of responsibility: Full publication statement on the title page is as follows: New York: Johnson, Fry and Company, 27 Beekman Street.

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CA PEI SPCA 016-18

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  • [1826-1845] (Publication)
    New York
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1 bible, 42 x 28 cm

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The publication forms part of the collection of bibles, service books, and religious publications collected by the church over the years and brought together by St. Peter's Cathedral Archives volunteers. The original accession number, now used as a locator, is 090927.

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The "self-interpreting" bible, with notes by Rev. John Brown, D.D., is also referred to within St. Peter's Cathedral Church as "the Wadman Bible." Inside the pages of the book are an envelope addressed to T. Edgar McNutt from William H. H. Wadman, postmarked 22 August 1963, enclosing a letter asking that the bible be put into safekeeping at St. Peter's Cathedral. William Wadman notes that the bible contains a family record of the family of Henry D. Wadman. The genealogical information itself is listed on pages between the Old and New Testaments.

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Several pages are scorched on the top edge and some have been torn out.

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The letter sending the bible to St. Peter's in 1963 is transcribed as follows:

Arlington 74, MASS, Aug. 1963
Dear Edgar: --
I want you to do me a favor that I will be forever thankful to you -- this is the one thing I have been trying to do for years.
I am sending you the Holy Bible that my Father gave me years ago, it has the family record of the family of Henry D. Wadman and I wish to have it put in safe keeping at St. Peter's Cathedral where it belongs, it has been in danger many times in the last years and St. Peter's Church is the only safe place to have it deposited. Will you see that it is placed there Ed, and I will be grateful to you. Do this for one of your best friends.

The cover letter is addressed from William H.H. Wadman, 186 Overlook Road, Arlington74, MASS to MR. T. Edgar MacNutt, 34 Brighton Road, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, postmarked 22 August 1963. Handwritten notations on the envelope say "Re Bible" and "ans 30/8/63".

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