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Immediately after surviving the Battle of Bunker Hill, soldier Francis Merrifield of Ipswich, Massachusetts, inscribed the following note inside this Bible:

“Cambridge June 17, 1775. I desire to bless God for his Kind aperince [appearance] in delivering me and sparing my life in the late battle fought on Bunker’s Hill. I desire to devote this spared life to His glory and honour. In witness my hand, Francis Merrifield.”

Merrifield and other Ipswich men were among the last to leave the battlefield that day.  

Object Details

  • Bible
    Printed by Adrian Watkins
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    1755
    Leather, Paper, Ink, Silver
    Museum of the American Revolution
    2016.02.0001

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