decided to do something.Aitken was the official publisher for the Congress of the States.
In 1777, he
produced an American "home-grown" edition of the New Testament.Ten thousand copies were printed, but by then cheaper imported Bibles were again available.
In a desperate attempt to recoup his
asked Congress to sanction and support his
Bibles.For the first and last time in our nation's history, a Bible was printed with the approval of Congress.
The resolution, adopted September 12, 1782, said: "WHEREUPON RESOLVED: That the United States in Congress assembled highly approve the pious and laudable undertaking of Mr. Aitken
, as subservient to the interest of religion, as well as an instance of the progress of arts in this country, and . . . they recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States, and hereby authorize him to publish this recommendation. . . ."