Quoted from the editor's "Prefatory Note."
"The following Historical Account of the Anglo-American Revision of the English Version of the Bible, so far as it relates to the work of the American Committee, is based upon the documents and correspondence in their possession, and is, accordingly, of the nature of a Documentary History. These documents and papers were arranged with great care by the President, Rev. Philip Schaff, D.D., and presented by him to the Committee at their meeting in May, 1884; whereupon it was voted that an Historical Account should be prepared under the direction of a special committee of three appointed for the purpose. At a subsequent meeting of the Committee of Revision, held at the Bible House, New York, on the 28th of November, 1884, the History which is contained in this volume was read, and the following
vote was unanimously passed:"
"That the Documentary History of the Revision which has now been presented be adopted and printed, and that a copy of the same be sent to each subscriber to the Memorial Edition of the Revised Version of the Old Testament." May 21, 1885.