Tuesday, July 8, 2014

On Writing a History of the American Bible Society--Update #21

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I am back in New York City.  I spent most of the day in the American Bible Society archives reading through the ABS Monthly Extracts for the 1830s.  I am just finishing the period in ABS history known as the "First General Supply." This was an attempt by the ABS to distribute a Bible to every family and adult individual in the United States over the course of two years (1829-1831). It is fascinating to read about how the ABS worked with the local Auxiliaries to make sure that every nook and cranny of the country had been covered by either an ABS agent or an agent from one of the local societies.

I also looked at a few odds and ends from the archives to strengthen the first 1000 words of my draft of chapter one.  I read the minutes of the first two years of the New Jersey Bible Society (1809-1810).  Elias Boudinot, the first president of the ABS, was also the first president of the New Jersey Bible Society.  I found his opening address to the New Jersey Society to be helpful.  

Good news on the publishing front.  A few more university press editors asked me for a full proposal. I have my work cut out for me.  I also managed to get about half of a book proposal written last night after my day in the archives.  Stay tuned.