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  • 1781 The First American Bible

    1781 THE FIRST AMERICAN BIBLE

    “The truth is incontrovertible, manic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but here it is.”

    January 21, 1781, Robert Aitken presented the following memorial to Congress:

    1. Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 28, folio 203

    To the Honourable The Congress
    of the United States of America
    The Memorial of Robert Aitken
    of the City of Philadelphia, Printer

    Humbly Sheweth

    That in every well regulated Government in Christendom The Sacred Books of the Old and New Testament, commonly called the Holy Bible, are printed and published under the Authority of the Sovereign Powers, in order to prevent the fatal confusion that would arise, and the alarming Injuries the Christian Faith might suffer from the Spurious and erroneous Editions of Divine Revelation.

    That your Memorialist has no doubt but this work is an Object worthy

     the attention of THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WHO WILL NOT NEGLECT SPIRITUAL SECURITY,

    while they are virtuously contending for temporal blessings. Under this persuasion your Memorialist begs leave to inform your Honours

    THAT HE BOTH BEGUN AND MADE CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS IN A NEAT EDITION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS,

     But being cautious of suffering his copy of the Bible to Issue forth without the sanction of Congress, Humbly prays that your Honours would take this important matter into serious consideration & would be pleased to appoint one Member or Members of your Honourable Body to inspect his work so that the same

    MAY BE PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF CONGRESS.

     And further, your Memorialist prays, that he may be commissioned or otherwise appointed & Authorized to print and vend Editions of the Sacred Scriptures, in such manner and form as may best suit the wants and demands of the good people of these States, provided the same be in all things perfectly consonant to the Scriptures as heretofore Established and received amongst us.

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     The Holy Bible Was Printed by Robert Aitken and Approved & Recommended by the Congress of the United States of America in 1782.

    Journals of Congress, September 1782, pages 468-469. (Library of Congress)

    The entire Congressional resolution reads as follows:

     “Whereupon, Resolved, THAT THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, HIGHLY APPROVE THE PIOUS AND LAUDABLE UNDERTAKING OF MR. AITKEN, as subservient to the interests of religion as well as an instance of the progress of arts in this country, and being satisfied from the above (chaplain’s) report, of his care and accuracy in the execution of the work, THEY RECOMMEND THIS EDITION OF THE BIBLE TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE UNITED STATES, and hereby authorize him to publish this recommendation in the manner he shall think proper.”

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    “The only foundation for . . . a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”

    Benjamin Rush United States Congress 1782

     “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.”
    – George Washington

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     “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” – Ronald Reagan

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    BOTTOM LINE…

    Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

    “The truth is incontrovertible, manic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but here it is.”

    read more at:  http://logosresourcepages.org/Versions/1st.htm

    References

    1. Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 28, folio 203
    2. Journals of Congress, pages 468-469. September 1782. Found at the Library of Congress at http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/vc006473.jpg
    3. Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 28, folio 203
    4. Journals of Congress, Thursday, September 12, 1782, page 468
    5. Journals of Congress, Thursday, September 12, 1782, page 469
    6. From George Washington to John Rodgers, 11 June 1783
    • Journals of Congress, September 1782, pages 468-469. (Library of Congress)
    • Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Chicago: Marquis Who’s Who, 1967.

    The Holy Bible as Printed by Robert Aitken and Approved & Recommended by the Congress of the United States of America in 1782. New York: Arno Press, 1968.

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    “The truth is incontrovertible, manic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but here it is.”

    TO EACH HIS OWN

    FAITH? HOPE? CHARITY? MORALITY? LOVE? FREEDOM? LIFE? LIBERTY? PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS? EQUALITY?

    GUARANTEED  UNDER THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF  AMERICA.