Founders of the Massachusetts Bible Society - 1809

The Massachusetts Bible Society began on July 6, 1809 and is an ecumenical, Christian organization dedicated to promoting Biblical literacy, understanding, and dialogue. This blog lists brief biographies of our founders who gathered in the Massachusetts State House Senate Chamber on that historic day to sign the Charter founding MBS. Please visit our website:

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mr. Daniel Mallory

Most of our founders were connected in some way outside as well as inside the Massachusetts Bible Society, and that was certainly true of publishers like Daniel Mallory, whose company D. Mallory & Co. published sermons and works by other founders. One of those was founder Jedidiah Morse, who determined that his son, Samuel F.B. Morse (the inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code), would be a bookbinder, sending him to Mr. Mallory as an apprentice.

A common practice to trim costs in printing was to make a book physically smaller, something that became a challenge with long titles, which were often heavily edited to get them to a smaller size. Mr. Mallory ran into this difficulty with the Waverly novels of Sir Walter Scott. In trying to convince a Philadelphia publisher to join with him in the venture, Mr. Mallory wrote that the novels would be condensed, explaining to his potential partner, “You must be aware that there is a great deal of rubbish—such as the long introductions, &c.”

Daniel Mallory was likely born in Westfield about 1777 and died between 1845-50.

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