Historic Pelham

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Robert Bolton, Jr.'s Inscription to His Father Inside Book He Authored That Was Published in 1855

Robert Bolton, Jr., son of the founder of Christ Church in Pelham Manor, lived with his parents and family for many years in Bolton Priory. In 1855, Bolton published an extensive book entitled "History of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the County of Westchester From its Foundation, A. D. 1693, To A. D. 1853". The book includes a chapter on Christ Church in Pelham Manor and contains one of the earliest known images of the church.

Several years ago I saw a copy of the book offered for sale online. It was advertised as in "very poor" condition with extensive foxing and missing its front cover. I nevertheless bought it. Immediately below is an image of the title page. It gives a good idea of the poor quality of the book I bought.

To my surprise, however, upon arrival of the book I discovered that only a few pages after the marbleized front endpaper there was a blank page with an inscription written by the author to his father, the Reverend Robert Bolton. The inscription, written in black ink, reads as follows:

"To the Rev Robt Bolton
from his affectionate son
the author
Pelham July 30. 1855."

An image of the inscription page appears immediately below.

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