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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, April 15

King Edward VI of England grants royal assent to a new version of The Book of Common Prayer, the second of his reign.
Burial of George Calvert at St. Dunstan's Church, England. He obtained the charter for the colony of Maryland, intending to make it a home for Roman Catholic refugees from England.
Death of Elder Basil of Poiana Marului. He renovated the Skete there (a skete is a settlement of Eastern Orthodox monks dependent on a parent monastery) and gained renown for his austerities, focus on Scripture, and insistence on true repentance.
Death in London of John Marrant, an African-American Methodist minister and missionary who had written three books about his experiences as a preacher with the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion.
In Hartford, Connecticut, American clergyman Thomas H. Gallaudet and deaf Frenchman Laurent Clerc open the first American school for the deaf - the American Asylum.
Canadians hold a day of thanksgiving in gratitude for the recovery of Prince Edward (future King Edward VII) from a serious illness.
Death at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, of Alda Marguerite Milner-Barry, author of the hymn "Sing the Joy of Easter Day." She had lectured on English in British colleges and universities.
Thirty-six leading members of religious orders in Hungary send a protest letter to the Hungarian government for abuses done to their orders by the government.
Baba Ezra Dikki is posted to Majinga among the Kambari people of Niger State, Nigeria. He worked among this group for twenty-four years, extending the Christian church. A student commented that Dikki's heart was always broken by the things that break the heart of Jesus.
Baptism at Wheaton College of Dayuma, the Waodani (Auca) woman whose conversion helped win her tribe to Christ.

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