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Mendi Bible

The Mendi Bible is a [2]

Adams, a former President of the United States and a then-U.S. Representative, was given the Bible as a gift in thanks for his representation of the Mende captives before the Supreme Court, who were freed when the Court ruled in their favor.[3][4]

The Mendi Bible was presented along with a letter of thanks which read in part:

We are about to go home to Africa. We go to Sierra Leone first, and then we reach Mendi very quick. When we get to Mendi we will tell the people of your great kindness. Good missionary will go with us. We shall take the Bible with us. It has been a precious book in prison, and we love to read it now we are free! Mr. Adams, we want to make you a present of a beautiful Bible! Will you please to accept it, and when you look at it or read it, remember your poor and grateful clients?... For the Mendi people. CINQUE, KINNA, KALE. Boston, Nov. 6, 1841.[2]

The Mendi Bible is currently curated in the Stone Library at the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Massachusetts.[3][5]

The book was stolen from the Adams site in November 1996 and subsequently recovered by the FBI in a gym locker in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in January 1997.[6][7]

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, the state's first African-American governor, took his oath of office on the Mendi Bible on January 4, 2007,[8] and took his second oath of office on the Mendi Bible on January 6, 2011.[9]

References

  1. ^ Collections - Adams National Historical park
  2. ^ a b http://amistad.mysticseaport.org/library/news/nyjc/1841.11.27.mendisdepart.html
  3. ^ a b State of the Parks Report
  4. ^ Adams park highlights lives of two U.S. presidents
  5. ^ http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/?&sid=cp105U0Sbt&refer=&r_n=sr404.105&db_id=105&item=&sel=TOC_14020&
  6. ^ UPDATE: J.Q. Adams bible stolen
  7. ^ FBI looks for rare works thievesFBI finds two more books stolen from Adams library
  8. ^ Patrick to take oath on bible The Boston Globe, January 2, 2007 for his first term. Again for his second term on January 6, 2010.
  9. ^ http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2011/01/governor_patric_14.html?p1=News_links
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