The Bible for the soldiers.
--The Rev. J. R. Graves
, editor of the ‘"Tennessee Baptist
,"’ is now on a visit to our army on the Potomac
to ascertain the number of soldiers who are without Bibles or Testaments.
This information is sought for the purpose of supplying those destitute of the Scriptures with them free of cost.
G. has distinguished himself by his zeal in this enterprise.
It was through his intrepidity, as well as devotion, that the means of supplying the army with the Bible
He first essayed in Louisville
to obtain permission of Lincoln
's watch dogs to import Bibles; but they pronounced them contraband of war, and declined to give the permission sought.
G. determined to risk the blockade, went northwardly, purchased the stereotype plates of a pocket edition and got them through safely to Nashville
in spite of the vigilance of spies and officials.
The work was put to press, and some weeks since the first bound copy of the Bible
ever printed at the South
appeared in the capital of Tennessee
G. is certainly entitled to the public gratitude for this achievement, and he is now earning a further title to credit and applause by his zealous and well directed exertions to supply the army with the Bible
thus printed at Nashville
The means are liberally provided, and enough Bibles will soon be printed to supply all that are destitute in the service.