|Often called the "Devereaux" New Testament after the Nicholas
Devereaux, the philanthropist who financed this first printing for the
use of school children. This was frequently reprinted by a later series
of publishers as late as 1885.
Nicholas Devereux was
a lover of the Holy Scripture and read the entire Bible through
seventeen times. To circulate the New Testament he had an edition of it
printed at Utica at his own expense. The plates of this edition were
afterwards purchased by Messrs. Sadlier, of New York, and about 40,000
copies printed. He taught Sunday-school in St. John's Church, Utica, and
gave a copy of the New Testament to any boy or girl who memorized the
Gospel of St. John.