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A shipment of 1,000 books, sent from London to St. Thomas Parish in Bath in 1701, by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, gave Bath County the first lending library in the colonies. This predates Benjamin Franklin's brainchild by thirty years. Only one book remains, Gabriel Towerson's 'An Explication to the Catechism of the Church of England.'
North Carolina's first public library was established in St. Thomas' Parish, at Bath, before 1705 by the Rev. Thomas Bray who sent a ship load of books from England.