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Young acolytes portrait

  • CA PEI SPCA PHOTO 0147
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  • 191?

The photograph shows two young boys dressed in a full length portrait in choir robes. The book, "Act of Faith", identifies them as W.B. Brady, 1910; Earl Whitlock, 1911.

Exposition of the Creed. By John Lord Bishop of Chester

The title page is stamped "Library of Dr. Bray's Associates".

According to various sources, Dr. Thomas Bray (1656-1730) was an English reverend who created a system of parochial libraries in many of the thirteen American colonies. He was educated at All Souls' College of Oxford, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1678; he later received a doctorate in divinity at Oxford. Bray was ordained to the Church of England and later chosen to travel to the Province of Maryland to serve as Commissary (representative of the Church). He devoted himself to establishing parochial libraries in the colonies.

This stamp suggests the book was circulated as part of Dr. Bray's library system. How it came into the collection of St. Peter's Cathedral Church is unknown.

W. Bower, for C. Griffin, and Sam. Keble

Self-Interpreting Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments

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.

The Book of Common Prayer

This large-print Book of Common Prayer is inscribed with "Peter Macgowan" and also contains inserts and handwritten notes. The inscription donating the book is as follows: Mr. Hodgson, Dear Sir, I send you my father Mr. Peter Macgowan's prayer book as I feel that it ought to be given to St. Peter's Church he being a member and very much interested in it. And if you would like to keep it I give it to you for that purpose. Very truly yours, Emilie Gray, Monday.

Also included in the book are several handwritten entries that appear to record the arrivals to and departures from Prince Edward Island of many people over a number of years, as well as the burial (and sometimes disinterment) of notable people. Notable events and church news are also included.

Thomas Heath Haviland portrait

  • CA PEI SPCA PHOTO 0144
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  • 1840 - 1895

The photograph shows Thomas Heath Haviland, warden and parish trustee, in a seated studio portrait.

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