Item No: frk00245
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for William Henry Smith
Roman print; Roman script
Laid paper; watercolor; ink
Certificate of Birth and Christening.
To these two parents as Jacob Smith and \ his Wife Elizabeth a born Humbright was born a Son \ in the year of Our Lord 1818. the 11th Day of May. This \ Child was baptized by the Revd. William Hiester and received \ the Name of William Henry. Witness present to the holy \ act of Baptism the above named Parents Jacob Smith & Elisabeth his Wife \ in the State of Pennsylvania, County of Lebanon Township of Lebanon, \ in the Year of our Lord 1819, the 16th Day of January.
An inward Baptism of pure fire, \ Wherewith to be baptized I have: \ Tis all my longing soul’s desire, \ This, only this my soul can save
Strait’ned I am, till this be done, \ Kindle in me the living flame, \ Father in me reveal thy son \ Baptize me into Jesus Name.
Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)
Rare Book Department
Hand-colored; hand-lettered; printed form. The text in Roman font, with blanks infilled in Roman script, is in the center of the document. It is flanked by two inward-facing, kneeling children, with hands folded in prayer. Beneath the text are two flowers. In the upper corners are two butterflies. A figure, possibly an angel or Jesus, from whom extends rays of light, is at the top center. In the lower left corner is a rectangular framed image of a putto rowing a raft with a billowing sail. In the right lower corner is a rectangular frame with the image of a child outstretched on a rock and an open book before him. In the lower center is a collection of various flowers.
This is the only known copy of this edition.
Smith, William Henry
Klaus Stopp, The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1998) vol. 3, p. 159 (published).
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Anonymous - Decorator
Anonymous - Scrivener
[Jacob Schnee (1784-1838)] - Printer/Publisher