Lewis of Farndon family bible

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This is a pre 1800 old bible, with a lot of handwritten inscriptions. It belonged in the first place to John Lewis, who writes that he reserved the bible in 1784 for £1 11s 6d, and bought it in 1792 for £1 1s 0d. He waited a while! Another unusual pair of entries is the record of his having posted the bible to his son, first in 1809 from Chester to Oxford, for £2.0s.0d, and a year later from Wrexham to Chatham for £1 0s 0d. Was his son at Oxford and then in the navy? Certainly there is a birth and death entry for a son who died in Barbados in 1811, so this might be the boy that once had this bible. There are lots of other entries for marriages and births and deaths, and in the back cover John has written in huge graphic pen his name. I believe this family to have had a long history in Farndon, where at least one of the men was a joiner in the 19th century, and may be the predecessors of the family that still live there. The bible is very large, about 12 inches by 11 inches by 5 think. The front cover is detached. The fine title page shows that the bible was published in 1782, in Liverpool, by George Woods in Princes Street. It is unusual to get an early bible from Liverpool. Apart from the cover it is in very good condition for a bible of its age, over 200 years old. The oldest entry is for the death of John's father, in 1778, when his father was 73. For the right family this would be a real heirloom. I regret that it cost me more than I usually have to pay, as people were interested in the prints in the bible. I was determined that it would not be broken up, and hope that I can find the right family for this unusual family bible.

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