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Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Book From 1883

My wonderful daughter-in-law brought me a precious gift from her holiday time this summer.
It's a very old New Testament.

The inscription on the inside of the front cover has these words:

Rigby Swinton
Belfast, Ireland
27th July 1883
This book was given to me by a gentleman on the Steamer at Belfast when on my way to Canada.

I can't help but wonder if Mr Swinton read any of this little New Testament on his trip to Canada. While looking through it I noticed some discolouration on a page, it's The Epistle of Paul to Philemon. Perhaps he read the book of Philemon, or perhaps while looking through it he carelessly let a drop of something fall on it.
I can't help but his family still in Canada? Did he marry, was he pleased with what he found in 
Canada? Was he a business man or did he find work wherever he could, perhaps for the Hudson's Bay Company as a trader with the Natives?
So many questions unanswered.

From the same store that she found the book, Maranetta, my daughter-in-law, also found these darling little turquoise salt and pepper shakers. I love them, too!

The weather is still hot here, Fall is definitely not in the air, yet. It was 33 deg. Celsius (or 91.4 deg Fahrenheit) yesterday and it's 23 deg. (or 73.4 deg F) at 9:30 in the morning. That's warm for a morning temperature!

Enjoy your week, my friends, and thanks so much for coming by. Your comments make my day!!



RicKaren said...

That is awesome! I love old books! It has been a hot summer here, and our days are still warm, but the nights have just started getting cool this week--I'm looking forward to fall!

Rebecca said...

What special & personal gifts your daughter-in-law selected. I'd be asking the same questions/wondering about the book the same way YOU are :)

Shelia said...

Hi Cindy! I love that Psalm and what a treasure the little olden Bible is! Oh, I know, wouldn't it be wonderful to know the stories behind these old treasures. That was so sweet of your daughter in law to get you these things. Love the little salt and peppers too!
Thank you so much for popping in to see me and glad you liked my canisters!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Gail said...

What lovely gifts Cindy! I often wonder about some of the treasures that I find as well. The weather here has finally cool down some! At least now I'm able to work out in the garage which is where I have been spending most of my days...painting. Hopefully the weather will soon be enjoyable for you, Gail

Julie Harward said...

Hi Cindy, thanks for your visit. I love the shakers so much...and the book is really a treasure! Loved your post below too, you have such a lovely, compy home.
My great great grandfather came with the very first group of pioneers into Salt Lake, he was the wheelwright for the company and he kept a little leather journal and because I was his grand daughter, I got to go into the historic building and hold it and read it...what a feeling these old books bring...wonder what that means for Kindles etc?! ;)

Faye Henry said...

My, what a treasure for you Cindy..
I love that it is from Ireland..
The shakers are great, too..

Have a lovely weekend, my friend..

nannykim said...

hmm, I made a comment but something weird happened, so I shall try again.
What is strange is that it is cooler here in SC then up there where you are! Only in the 80's here this past week.

I love the New Testament story!

podso said...

A real treasure and I have the same questions. My great grandfather, soon after he arrived here from Holland, was given a Bible to help him learn English--Dutch on one side and English on the other. As a result of reading it he came to faith!

Anne said...

How fabulous!!!

Pondside said...

Your DIL chose such a special gift for you. I love old bibles and prayer books. When we used to go to auctions we always bought the bibles to save them from becoming 'decor' items. We were always able to find a home for them.

oldthings said...

Thank you so much for your kind comment. You have a wonderful daughter in law , she though of you in her holidays !Her gifts are wonderful ! I would like my sons to bring me some day girls like yours !

Betty said...

How lovely to receive such a precious gift. Your daughter-in-law is very thoughtful.

Rhonda said...

Surely he read it. That trip would of been long and no entertainment like we have today that keeps us from reading like we should

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Your daughter-in-law knows you well...she gave you the perfect gifts. I know you will get so much enjoyment from them!

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a wonderful gift! Ireland! Wow.....that Bible has made a trip!

Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

What a wonderful gift Cindy! Both to you and to the gentleman who first received it.
Perhaps the stain was tears...from a broken and contrite heart.

We had a break in the heat...but now it is creeping back up into the 90's with's horrid. Almost makes one wish we'd not had a break at all.
But, I was very grateful at the I won't complain.

have a great week yourself,love the scripture at the end. Pat

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What lovely gifts! I especially like the very old New Testament!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Did you think I had vanished from the face of the earth? I am still computerless, and I had to shut my blog email because someone tried to hack it. I'm sure people think I'm rude, but it can't be helped.

I was sick for TWO months this summer, but God saw me through. He is SO good! I'm hoping this fall to get a computer, but I also need a new camera. Argh.

Hope you are well. I miss you and my other blogging buddies. I'm sorry I'm late answering your post to me, but as I said, I am computerless except for once in a blue moon. I've gotten a lot of Bible study done, and I have read over 30 books this summer. So it is not all for naught. Just please forgive my tardiness in answering you.

Much love, my sweet friend...



Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

That book is a wonderful treasure, Cindy and I'm glad it has a new home with you.

I also love those cute S&P shakers...they are so bright and cheerful!

Ana said...

You are just like me Cindy, when I find an old and well loved treasure like yours many questions about its origin always arise. What sweet and thoughtful gifts from your DIL.

Hugs and Kisses,

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Cindy, that is a beautiful old New Testament to receive. I do hope the owner took time to read it on his journey to Canada and during his new life here. The salt and pepper shakers are adorable. Hugs, Pam

Anonymous said...

What treasures from your dil. Like you, I am curious about the original owner of the Bible. What sweet s&p shakers. I read that you and your husband recently celebrated a wedding anniversary. All the best!