Archives & Special Collections Gallery Exhibit




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Creation Date

Fall 2014


Artifact Label:

Holy Bible
Brattleborough, Vermont: Holbrook & Fessenden, 1823

In chapter 9, “The Sermon,” Father Mapple’s homily tells the story of Jonah in what may best be described as a whaleman’s vernacular: “Shipmates, this book, containing only four chapters-four yarns-is one of the smallest strands in the mighty cable of the Scriptures. Yet what depths of the soul Jonah's deep sealine sound! what a pregnant lesson to us is this prophet! What a noble thing is that canticle in the fish's belly! How billow-like and boisterously grand! We feel the floods surging over us, we sound with him to the kelpy bottom of the waters; sea-weed and all the slime of the sea is about us!”