Fr. Vester & Co. The American Colony Stores Jaffa Gate Jerusalem
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Inside two pages are ‘Plan of Jerusalem’, with key locations, ‘Principal streets & places’, and ‘Actual excavations of Ancient City Wall’.
Map possibly created by Horation Spafford.
Nice colours. Small corner nicks.
10 X 14.5 cm / 3-7/8 X 5-11/16”
Horatio Gates Spafford (1828–1888) was a prominent American lawyer and Presbyterian church elder. He is best known for penning the Christian hymn It Is Well With My Soul, following a family tragedy in which his four daughters died aboard the S.S. Ville du Havre on a transatlantic voyage.
Following the sinking of the Ville du Havre, Anna gave birth to three more children. After the ordeal at sea, Anna and Horatio Spafford became religious outsiders. They left their Presbyterian congregation and held faith-based prayer meetings in their own home. Their Messianic sect was dubbed "the Overcomers" by American press. In August 1881, the Spaffords set out for Jerusalem as a party of thirteen adults and three children and set up the American Colony. Colony members, later joined by Swedish Christians, engaged in philanthropic work amongst the people of Jerusalem regardless of their religious affiliation and without proselytizing motives—thereby gaining the trust of the local Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. During and immediately after World War I, the American Colony played a critical role in supporting these communities through the great suffering and deprivations of the eastern front by running soup kitchens, hospitals, orphanages and other charitable ventures.