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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.

Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments

The bible was presented to Camp Kingston in June 1988 and was donated to the Archives by Lois MacLaren via Gloria Jay. Two embroidered bookmarks and a typed "historical note" about the Beer family were included with the bible. The typed note reads as follows:

"Historical Note.

In 1832 George Beer, his wife Sarah, and their ten children, the eldest of whom (George) was married to Mary Ann Holland, emigrated from Barnstable, Devon, to Prince Edward Island. On December 24, 1832 a son was born to George and Mary Ann and he was christened George Robert. In May 1855 George Robert Beer married Leonora Ann Weatherbie, in Boston, Mass. and this Bible, printing date 1854, was their Family Bible. They had ten children, of whom one daughter, Mary Ella and five sons survived.

Mary Ella Married Joseph Robinson Brecken and they had a son, who died unmarried, and a daughter, Winifred Ella, who married John Orlebar Hyndman. To them was born a daughter, Constance Vimy, who married Alan Gordon Macmillan, present members of St. Peter's Cathedral, Charlottetown. Of the five sons only three have descendents [sic] living today: Mrs. Constance Lastewka of Vegreville, Alberta, with no children; Mrs. Leonora Powell, of Victoria, British Columbia, with two daughters, both married; Bessie Beer, unmarried, in the Atlantic Baptist Nursing Home, Charlottetown and a member of St. Paul's Church; Betty Jean Beer, unmarried, living in London, England, but, visiting Prince Edward Island annually.

From the 1830's this family were successful merchants in Charlottetown, Centreville Bedeque and Southport. They played a prominent part in civic affairs, as Justices of the Peace, members of the Legislative Assembly, City Councillors [sic] and members of the Local Militia. In 1877 Colonel Henry Beer was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and in 1885-6 he was Mayor of the City of Charlottetown."

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.

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