The United States Senate Bible Stolen
The Bible which has been used in swearing in United States senators was stolen from the drawer of the Vice President['s] desk. It has been in the possession of the Senate since 1829. Every senator admitted during the last fifty-three years was sworn upon that Bible. There is marks upon it showing the impress of their lips. I have always kept great care of it because it was bought by my father who had charge of the Senate in those days. After I missed it I made [a] diligent search for it. Soon after, the papers published it lost, and the rogue found it too hot for him.
Found a few days after under the secretary’s desk. The person who took it found that it would be no use to him and adopted this means to return it.
A few days after, I happened to look under the secretary’s desk and saw the book lay[ing] carelessly on the floor, where it must have been put.
I informed David Davis, the then president pro tem of the Senate, that I had found the Bible. He told me to take it and lock it up in my iron safe, where it is to this day. [10A3-10A5]
This Bible is still in the Senate’s historic collections. Today, the secretary of the Senate maintains a Bible that senators may use when sworn in, but most choose to use their own family scriptures.
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