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May 22, 2014

Passing out bibles

From the Otsego Herald

for Wednesday, May 25, 1814

Compiled, with comment


Bible Society Meets

The annual meeting of the Otsego County Bible Society, will be held at the Meeting-House in Cooperstown, on Thursday the 9th day of June next. A sermon will be delivered by the first Vice-President at half past ten o’clock A.M.

R. CAMPBELL, Recd’g. Sec’y. Cooperstown, May 23, 1814

COMMENT: The Otsego County Bible Society was organized on March 7, 1813, with the Rev. Daniel Nash of Christ Episcopal Church as its first President, and Rev. John Smith of Cooperstown’s Presbyterian Church as its Corresponding Secretary.

This was to be its second annual meeting, held in the Cooperstown Presbyterian Church (the “Meeting House”). A joint ecumenical organization of the Episcopalian and Presbyterian Churches, its purpose was to distribute free copies of the Bible and the New Testament to the poor.

William Cooper, a major donor, contributed 50 bibles to the society in 1814, and over its first five years it distributed 1,302 bibles and 519 new testaments. Young James Cooper (he hadn’t yet added Fenimore to his name) became in 1814 a Vestryman of Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown, and two years later he would be a delegate from Otsego’s Bible Society to a Convention in New York City establishing the American Bible Society.

Loss of the “Frolic”

Boston, May 11. We regret to announce that letters were received in town yesterday from Providence, which state, that about 12 days since [i.e. ago], the U. S. sloop of war Frolic, of 20 guns, Capt. Bainbridge, was captured off Mananzies, by the British frigate Orpheus, of 36 guns, and carried into New Providence [Bermuda].

It is stated that the Frolic mistook the Orpheus for an India- or Brazil-man, and bore down upon her; and did not discover the mistake until it was too late to escape from this superior force.—She attempted it, and part of her guns were thrown overboard to effect it.

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