The Morning and Evening Prayer, the Litany, Church Catechism, Family Prayers, and Several Chapters of the Old and New-Testament

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by Lawrence Claesse

Morning and Evening Prayer
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Title not held by The Wolf Law Library
at the College of William & Mary.
Author Lawrence Claesse
Published New York: Printed by William Bradford
Date 1715
Volumes volume set

This is a translation of all of the religious texts indicated in the title, including importantly the New Testament, into what the book refers to as the Mahauque Indian language. [1] This likely is an antiquated Anglicization of Mohawk.[2] The translated copy was intended for use by missionaries among American Indians. [3]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Claesse's Mohawk liturgy. p. 4to." This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson and later sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. Millicent Sowerby includes the 1715 New York edition (the only edition published) as an in entry in Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson,[4] Both the Brown Bibliography[5] and George Wythe's Library[6] on LibraryThing record the same volume. Unfortunately, Jefferson's copy no longer exists to note any Wythe markings.

Description of The Wolf Law Library's copy

As yet, the Wolf Law Library has been unable to procure a copy of The Morning and Evening Prayer, the Litany, Church Catechism.

See also


  1. The morning and evening prayer, the litany, church catechism, family prayers, and several chapters of the Old and New-Testament, translated into the Mahaque Indian language, : Church of England : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive (Internet Archive) [1]
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson. (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 2:100 [no.1481]
  5. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  6. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on January 31, 2014.