Monday, June 14, 2004

One of President Jefferson's Prescribed School Books?

President Jefferson also served as Chairman of the Washington schools when he lived in the Executive Mansion (later The White House). Jefferson reportedly said that two books WOULD be used in the Washington schools, other books COULD be used. The prescribed two books were the Holy Bible and the Isaac Watts Hymnal.

The questions are:
(1) Which translation of the Holy Bible, the King James Version, or some other? and
(2) Which Isaac Watts Hymnal, the famous "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" or this hymn book for children titled "Divine & Moral Songs for Children"?

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