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The American Bible Society (ABS) project rolls on. Today I spent a lot more time in the ABS Annual Reports from the first decade of its existence. I think I am ready to outline the first chapter tomorrow morning and, if all goes well, start writing it.
In today’s post I will give you a taste of the kind of things I am finding in a typical ABS annual report. Here is an extract from a letter written from Ward Stafford to the ABS headquarters in New York City on August 21, 1821. Stafford is an ABS field agent who is traveling through New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia distributing Bibles and organizing local Bible societies. He writes from Moorfields, Hardy County, Virginia:
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