The Jesse Maxwell Corum Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Corum, Jesse Maxwell, 1880-1973
Dates: 1913-1961
Extent: 16 boxes (6.6 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.

Chronology

1880 January 10 Born, Paris, Tennessee
1906 Graduated, Vanderbilt University
1906-1907 Student, Lebanon Theological School
1907-1909 Student, Bachelor of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary
1912-1913 Gelston-Winthrop Fellow, Church History, University of Marburg
1909 June 25 Ordained, Presbytery of Morris and Orange
1909-1919 Church missionary, west chapter, Orange, New Jersey
1919-1958 Pastor, First Church, Norristown, Pennsylvania
1926 Received honorary Doctor of Divinity, College of the Ozarks
1973 October 2 Died, Broomall, Pennsylvania

Biographical Information

Jesse Maxwell Corum (1880-1973) was born in Paris, Tennessee and was a student at Lee School in Paris and Peabody Preparatory School in Nashville. After graduating high school, he attended Vanderbilt University (1902-06), Lebanon Theological Seminary (1906-07), and Princeton Theological Seminary (1907-1909). He attained the highest general, four-year grade point average ever made at Vanderbilt with a 97.8. While at Princeton Seminary, he was awarded a Gelston-Winthrop Fellowship in Church History, which enabled him to study at the University of Marburg, Germany from 1912 to 1913. He was ordained in 1909 and served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Norristown, Pennsylvania for 39 years. During World War II, Dr. Corum also served as a civilian chaplain with the Marine Corps in North Carolina.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of manuscript sermons by Jesse Maxwell Corum and a small amount of miscellaneous personal materials that he collected.

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Subjects

Corum, Jesse Maxwell, 1880-1973.

Sermons, American--20th century.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

The material in this collection was donated to the Seminary Libraries by Dr. Corum's son, the Reverend Frederick Corum (PTS class of 1940) in August of 1996. The collection was initially inventoried by Raymond D. Cannata under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist, in 1996. It was organized and the full finding aid was written by Daved Anthony Schmidt in May of 2010. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin.

Access

There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Jesse Maxwell Corum Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

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Arrangement

This collection consists mainly of sermon manuscripts from Jesse M. Corum's time in Norristown. These were kept in their original order, which organized the sermons around certain themes, passages or dates. They were delivered on multiple occasions. The date that best matched that of other sermons in a particular group was written on the folder by the processor. Almost every sermon is typed, with a hand-written version attached, and a list of dates on which the sermon was delivered recorded on the cover. This collection also includes miscellaneous notes, correspondence, and periodicals. Some contents are very brittle and should be handled with care.

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Contents

Box 1 (Easter Sermons)
1.1 Mary Magdalene at the Sepulcher. Sermon. Easter Sunday, April 1, 1923.
1.2 Acts 1:12. Sermon. Easter Sunday, April 9, 1944.
1.3 Possessing all things. Sermon. Easter Sunday, April 13, 1941.
1.4 "Vesper Service. Sermon. Easter Sunday, April 14, 1935.
1.5 The Silence of God. Sermon. Palm Sunday, March 29, 1942.
1.6 He saw and believed. Sermon. Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939.
1.7 An Urgent Task. Sermon. Palm Sunday, March 21, 1948.
1.8 Hebrews 5:7. Sermon. Palm Sunday, April 10, 1949.
1.9 A momentous journey. Sermon. Palm Sunday, April 9, 1933.
1.10 Faith without seeing. Sermon. Palm Sunday, April 8, 1923.
1.11 Philippians 4:19. Sermon. Palm Sunday, April 2, 1944.
1.12 Personal Work. Sermon. February 8, 1953.
1.13 The Awakened Disciple. Sermon. June 29, 1919.
1.14 Accepting Christ. Sermon. Palm Sunday, April 10, 1949.
Box 2
2.1 Public Worship. Sermon. February 7, 1926.
2.2 The Seep Dwellings of the Dedanites. Sermon. December 5, 1920.
2.3 Building the Wall. Sermon. Prayer Meeting, May 11, 1932.
2.4 The Danger of Delay. Sermon. Prayer Meeting, July 18, 1937.
2.5 Help for Daily Living. Sermon. May 9, 1937.
2.6 Ezekiel and his Suit-Case. Sermon. April 11, 1937.
2.7 Compromise and Holiness. Sermon. April 18, 1937.
2.8 The Good Samaritan. Sermon. January 17, 1937.
2.9 The Faithfulness of Christ. Sermon. January 24, 1937.
2.10 Confusion and Certainty. Sermon. [undated].
2.11 The Conflict of the Victory. Sermon. February 14, 1937.
2.12 Luke 5:1-11. Sermon. February 28, 1937.
2.13 I Peter 1:24-2:21. Sermon. February 28, 1937.
2.14 The Christian's Life. Sermon. October 25, 1936.
2.15 Deuteronomy 22:1-4. Sermon. November 1, 1936.
2.16 Romans 7:14-8:4. Sermon. September 26, 1937.
2.17 Treasure in Earthen Vessels. Sermon. September 6, 1936.
2.18 The Death and Life of All. Sermon. January 30, 1938.
2.19 Mark 1:14. Sermon. May 30, 1937.
2.20 Proverbs 3:6. Sermon. Chapel Service, January 20, 1918.
2.21 Psalms 84:1-12. Sermon. Morning Chapel, March 17, 1918.
2.22 John 8:12-32. Sermon. July 4, 1937.
2.23 Christian Essentials. Sermon. June 23, 1929.
Box 3 (Christmas Sermons)
3.1 Christmas Means Prayer. Sermon. Christmas Morning, December 25, 1937.
3.2 Having a Real Christmas is Finding Christ. Sermon. Christmas Morning, December 25, 1921.
3.3 Luke 2:7-20. Sermon. Morning Chapel, December 23, 1917.
3.4 No Room for Jesus. Sermon. December 26, 1920.
3.5 The Star. Sermon. December 19, 1937.
3.6 Matthew 1:18-25. Sermon. December 22, 1935.
3.7 Luke 2:25-35. Sermon. December 12, 1937.
3.8 Luke 2:9. Sermon. December 25, 1942.
3.9 The Coming of Christ. Sermon. Prayer Meeting, December 21, 1921.
3.10 John 3:16. Sermon. December 21, 1941.
3.11 Good Tidings. Sermon. December 24, 1923.
3.12 Simeon. Sermon. December 19, 1934.
3.13 Luke 2:14. Sermon. December 22, 1918.
3.14 Luke 2:34,35. Sermon. October 17, 1937.
3.15 The Birth of Jesus Christ. Sermon. December 23, 1934.
3.16 God's Unspeakable Gift. Sermon. December 21, 1924.
3.17 First Things First. Sermon. May 7, 1933.
3.18 Things New and Old. Sermon. December 28, 1919.
3.19 Matthew 2:2. Sermon. December 25, 1939.
3.20 Luke 2:15. Sermon. December 25, 1932.
3.21 Finding Christ. Sermon. December 25, 1928.
3.22 Matthew 2:2. Sermon. January 14, 1940.
3.23 Luke 2:7-20. Sermon. December 26, 1920.
Box 4
4.1 The 7th Word. Sermon. Good Friday, March 26, 1948.
4.2 The Sufficiency of God. Sermon. May 21, 1922.
4.3 Man's True Glory. Sermon. November 28, 1957.
4.4 Ceiling - Limitations of the World. Sermon. May 8, 1956.
4.5 In Remembrance of Me. Sermon. April 8, 1925.
4.6 The Words from the Cross. Sermon. March 26, 1948.
Box 5 (Preparatory Service Sermons)
5.1 The Magnificence of Jesus. Preparatory Service. November 30, 1945.
5.2 Continuing in Christ. Preparatory Service. June 2, 1922.
5.3 Romans 8:6. Preparatory Service. March 5, 1937.
5.4 Joshua 23:11. Preparatory Service. December 1, 1922.
5.5 Anaemia of the Soul. Preparatory Service. September 28, 1928.
5.6 Luke 22:15. Preparatory Service. November 30, 1923.
5.7 Remember the Day. Preparatory Service. September 21, 1934.
5.8 God's Work in Christ. Preparatory Service. June 14, 1950.
5.9 Paul not Ashamed, God not Ashamed. Preparatory Service. February 28, 1930.
5.10 Habakkuk 3:2. Preparatory Service. September 25, 1925.
5.11 The Christian Festival. Preparatory Service. September 15, 1933.
5.12 Philippians 2:7. Preparatory Service. December 2, 1953.
5.13 God's Second Nile. . Preparatory Service. May 30, 1919.
5.14 John 1:36. Preparatory Service. September 20, 1936.
5.15 Psalm 18:17. Preparatory Service. June 3, 1932.
5.16 Peace of God. Preparatory Service. March 3, 1948.
5.17 Matthew 26:17-19. Preparatory Service. September 5, 1913.
5.18 The Shepherd. Preparatory Service. December 3, 1943.
5.19 John 15:4. Preparatory Service. March 28, 1937.
5.20 2 Corinthians 5:19. Morning Chapel. December 2, 1917.
5.21 Matthew 22:34-46. Preparatory Service. October 1, 1937.
5.22 Galatians 5:6. Preparatory Service. February 28, 1919.
5.23 Matthew 26:28. Preparatory Service. March 4, 1938.
5.24 Isaiah 46:4. Preparatory Service. June 1, 1923.
5.25 Romans 6:23. Preparatory Service. March 1, 1950.
5.26 John 17:24. Preparatory Service. March 3, 1922.
5.27 Self Discipline and Self Sacrifice. Preparatory Service. September 26, 1924.
5.28 Psalm 50:1 and 5. Preparatory Service. September 16, 1932.
5.29 I Corinthians 11:28. Preparatory Service. September 25, 1931.
5.30 John 11:56. . Preparatory Service. December 4, 1931.
5.31 The Source of Knowledge. Preparatory Service. September 24, 1920.
5.32 Matthew 5:14. Preparatory Service. February 27, 1931.
5.33 Exodus 12:26-27. Preparatory Service. February 27, 1925.
5.34 The Sufficiency of Christ. Preparatory Service. November 29, 1935.
5.35 The Rule of the Saints. Preparatory Service. June 5, 1931.
5.36 Renunciation and Reunion. Preparatory Service. October 1, 1943.
Box 6
6.1 The Power of God. Sermon. October 22, 1922.
6.2 A Great Host of Women. Sermon. Novemebr 2, 1930.
6.3 Gods Way of Leading Israel. Sermon. [undated].
6.4 So We Came to Rome. Sermon. January 1, 1922.
6.5 God's Call to the Church. Sermon. November 2, 1930.
6.6 Children Dedicated to God. Sermon. February 3, 1918.
6.7 Isaiah's Call. Prayer Meeting. April 26, 1922.
6.8 II Timothy 2:3. Prayer Meeting. May 4, 1932.
6.9 The Christian Family. Sermon. November 9, 1930.
6.10 I Samuel 20:14-17. Prayer Meeting. February 21, 1923.
6.11 The Pulpit and the Pew. Sermon. October 7, 1923.
6.12 Psalm 71:16. Sermon. February 11, 1917.
6.13 Colossians 3:15. Sermon. January 20, 1929.
Box 7
7.1 The Faith which is by Christ. Sermon. July 5, 1936.
7.2 Real Faith. Sermon. September 6, 1942.
7.3 Where is your Faith? . Sermon. November 12, 1944.
7.4 Hebrews 11:1. Sermon. January 9, 1927.
7.5 Luke 18:8. Sermon. May 16, 1920.
7.6 II Timothy 4:7. Sermon. July 3, 1921.
7.7 Faith. Sermon. July 21, 1935.
7.8 Faith Endangered. Sermon. May 2, 1920.
7.9 The Test of Faith - Reality is Religion. Sermon. September 26, 1926.
7.10 The Power of Faith. Sermon. May 7, 1922.
7.11 How Faith is Strengthened. Sermon. September 30, 1917.
7.12 The Testing of Faith. Sermon. April 10, 1921.
7.13 Matthew 15:21-28. Sermon. November 18, 1934.
7.14 Trust in God. Sermon. March 4, 1926.
7.15 Mark 14:8. Prayer Meeting. May 3, 1922.
7.16 Isaiah 25:6-8. Sermon. May 22, 1932.
7.17 The Discouraged Encouraged. Prayer Meeting. June 7, 1922.
7.18 Midnight Christians. Prayer Meeting. April 12, 1922.
7.19 The Hidden Sackcloth. Prayer Meeting. May 10, 1922.
7.20 Psalm 46:1. Sermon. May 21, 1933.
7.21 Unnoticed Decay. Sermon. April 22, 1923.
7.22 400th Anniversary of the Printed English Bible. Sermon. October 6, 1935.
7.23 Prayer and the Personal Life. Sermon. January 12, 1930.
7.24 Why accept Christ - Saul, Saul, why persecute thou me?. Sermon. April 2, 1933.
7.25 Personal Evangelism. Sermon. February 21, 1926.
Box 8
8.1 Jonah 3:1-4:4. Sermon. February 13, 1955.
8.2 Who is Jesus of Nazareth?. Sermon. November 7, 1926.
8.3 An Impossible Life. Sermon. October 7, 1917.
8.4 God's Call to Service. Sermon. September 6, 1931.
8.5 Psalm 40:1-8. Sermon. July 17, 1932.
8.6 God's Ambushments. Sermon. September 21, 1930.
8.7 Ephesians 1:18-19. Sermon. March 13, 1932.
8.8 The Divine Leadership. Sermon. June 20, 1920.
8.9 The Rephidims of Life. Sermon. December 12, 1926.
8.10 Children of the Shadow. Sermon. July 26, 1931.
8.11 Unable to Warn. Sermon. November 10, 1940.
8.12 John 20:22. Sermon. November 13, 1921.
8.13 God Omnipotent. Sermon. January 6, 1929.
8.14 Skepticism: Cause and Remedy. Sermon. January 8, 1922.
8.15 The Refusals. Sermon. November 29, 1936.
8.16 Psalm 108:1. Sermon. April 22, 1922.
8.17 Three Tribunals. Sermon. December 10, 1933.
8.18 Christians Described. Sermon. November 20, 1932.
8.19 Another Way. Sermon. January 18, 1920.
8.20 John 5:13. Sermon. December 27, 1942.
8.21 Sound in Patience. Prayer Meeting. January 20, 1935.
8.22 The Word "Master" - as applied to Jesus. Sermon. September 8, 1935.
8.23 Yes, Lord. Sermon. February 5, 1939.
8.24 Mark 8:29. Sermon. February 6, 1921.
8.25 Deuteronomy 32:11. Sermon. October 10, 1920.
8.26 Bitterness Changed to Sweetness. Sermon. September 9, 1923.
8.27 Matthew 27:1,2,11-26. Sermon. January 17, 1923.
8.28 Isaiah 9:3. Sermon. November 18, 1923.
8.29 The Upward Look. Sermon. April 23, 1933.
Box 9 (Sermons on the Bible and Scripture)
9.1 The Bible, part 1. Sermon. June 24, 1926.
9.2 The Bible, part 2. Sermon. January 31, 1926.
9.3 The Bible a mirror. Sermon. October 23, 1949.
9.4 Protestantism in Peril. Sermon. March 26, 1944.
9.5 The Bible - the Light it Sheds. Sermon. December 7, 1930.
9.6 The Bible: the Word of His Grace. Sermon. September 30, 1928.
9.7 God's Word for this Generation. Sermon. September 25, 1932.
9.8 The Bible: an Infallible Guide. Sermon. January 29, 1922.
9.9 Youth's Great Privilege. Sermon. June 10, 1928.
9.10 II Timothy 2:1-15. Sermon. July 15, 1928.
9.11 II Timothy 4:2. Sermon. March 26, 1933.
9.12 II Timothy 2:1-26. Sermon. February 12, 1933.
9.13 II Timothy 2:1-15. Sermon. February 27, 1921.
9.14 II Timothy 2:1. Sermon. May 27, 1928.
9.15 Elijah before God - I Kings 17:1. Prayer Meeting. March 1, 1922.
9.16 Studies on Elijah, parts 1-10. Prayer Meetings. Winter 1913 - Spring 1914.
9.17 10 Sermons on Subjects Related to the Apostles Creed. (material was clipped together)
9.18 The Work of a Congregation. Sermon. February 20, 1927.
9.19 The Divine View of Life. Sermon. March 20, 1932.
9.20 Proverbs 30:5. Sermon. August 26, 1923.
9.21 Fear and Trust. Sermon. November 5, 1933.
Box 10
10.1 Genesis. Prayer Meeting Lesson. October 3, 1934.
10.2 Exodus. Prayer Meeting Lesson. October 10, 1934.
10.3 Leviticus. Prayer Meeting Lesson. October 17, 1934.
10.4 Numbers. Prayer Meeting Lesson. October 24, 1934.
10.5 Deuteronomy. Prayer Meeting Lesson. October 31, 1934.
10.6 Joshua. Prayer Meeting Lesson. November 7, 1934.
10.7 Judges. Prayer Meeting Lesson. November 14, 1934.
10.8 Book of Ruth. Prayer Meeting Lesson. November 21, 1934.
10.9 I Samuel. Prayer Meeting Lesson. March 13, 1935.
10.10 II Samuel. Prayer Meeting Lesson. March 20, 1935.
10.11 I Kings. Prayer Meeting Lesson. March 27, 1935.
10.12 II Kings. Prayer Meeting Lesson. April 3, 1935.
10.13 I Chronicles. Prayer Meeting Lesson. September 25, 1935.
10.14 II Chronicles 1:1-12. Prayer Meeting Lesson. October 2, 1935.
10.15 Ezra 1:1-2; 6:1-8; 7:1-13. Prayer Meeting Lesson. October 9, 1935.
10.16 Nehemiah 1:1-2:6. Prayer Meeting Lesson. October 16, 1935.
10.17 Esther 1:1-9. Prayer Meeting Lesson. October 30, 1935.
10.18 Job. Prayer Meeting Lesson. May 13, 1936.
10.19 Psalms. Prayer Meeting Lesson. May 20, 1936.
10.20 Proverbs. Prayer Meeting Lesson. June 10, 1936.
10.21 Ecclesiastes. Prayer Meeting Lesson. June 17, 1936.
10.22 Song of Songs. Prayer Meeting Lesson. June 24, 1936.
10.23 Isaiah. Prayer Meeting Lesson. October 14, 1936.
10.24 Jeremiah-Lamentations. Prayer Meeting Lesson. October 28, 1936.
10.25 Ezekiel. Prayer Meeting Lesson. January 26, 1938.
10.26 Daniel. Prayer Meeting Lesson. February 2, 1938.
10.27 Hosea. Prayer Meeting Lesson. February 23, 1938.
10.28 Haggai. "The Gleaners' Class." June 16, 1940.
10.29 James 1:1. Sermon. May 8, 1927.
10.30 James 1:2. Sermon. May 15, 1927.
10.31 James 2:1. Sermon. June 5, 1927.
10.32 James 2:2-4. Sermon. June 12, 1927.
10.33 James 3:1-2. Sermon. June 19, 1927.
10.34 James 3:8, 17. Sermon. June 26, 1927.
Box 11
11.1 The Installation of the Rev. John B. Browell. Sermon. May 19, 1927.
11.2 A charge to the people. Sermon. February 13, 1927.
11.3 Material filed together as "Installations in which I had a part."
11.4 Sermon notes for marriage services.
11.5 John Pym, 1583-1643. Essay. February 23, 1948.
11.6 "The Orang-outangs" - Lion's Club. March 2, 1927.
11.7 Ephesians 4:15. Sermon. June 24, 1923.
11.8 Report of the Foreign Missions Committee to the Presbytery of Philadelphia - North, September 19, 1933.
11.9 "England: Before and After Wesley," by J. Wesley Bready. Book Summary. November 27, 1939.
11.10 "The Revival of 1800." Essay. [undated].
11.11 Fiftieth Anniversary Sermon, Central Presbyterian Church, Orange, New Jersey, January 23, 1917.
11.12 "Mediterranean Shores." Sermon. April 29, 1928.
11.13 Jerusalem - Silent Workers. Essay. June 24, 1928.
11.14 Programs for the 100th Anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church, Norristown, Pennsylvania, November 16-23, 1919. (2 copies)
11.15 Programs for the 125th Anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church, Norristown, Pennsylvania, October 8-15, 1944. (13 copies)
11.16 Announcement of Corum's installation at the First Presbyterian Church, Norristown, Pennsylvania. In The Church Tidings, April 1919.
11.17 "Advance Announcement - Sunday School Addition." First Presbyterian Church, Norristown, Pennsylvania, November 1947.
11.18 Fundraising pamphlet titled "Our Greatest Opportunity" [undated].
Box 12
12.1 Authenticity of Christ. Sermon. September 3, 1922. (a copy of a sermon delivered at the Moody Bible Institute, August 1, 1946 included)
12.2 The Altar of Thanksgiving. Sermon. November 25, 1928.
12.3 Stewardship. Sermon. October 16, 1932.
12.4 II Corinthians 9:15. Preparatory Service. May 31, 1935.
12.5 Who is on the Lord's side?. Sermon. September 21, 1930.
12.6 Open the Door, Richard. Sermon. July 13, 1947.
12.7 The Declining Day. Sermon. November 25, 1928.
12.8 Galatians 5:6. Sermon. September 25, 1927.
12.9 I Peter 2:7. Preparatory Service. March 3, 1933.
12.10 The Danger of Delay. Sermon. Palm Sunday, April 15, 1925.
12.11 The Death of Christ. Preparatory Service. March 2, 1923.
12.12 Psalm 50:23. Sermon. January 21, 1934.
12.13 The Lamb of God. Sermon. January 27, 1935.
12.14 Christ: Lost and Found. Sermon. January 27, 1922.
12.15 Palms and Willows. Sermon. June 10, 1962.
12.16 Elements of Surprise. Sermon. January 10, 1937.
12.17 Mark 16:6. Sermon. Easter Sunday, April 4, 1926.
Box 13
13.1 The Silver Trumpets. Sermon. New Year, December 27, 1925.
13.2 Stewardship. Sermon. November 23, 1930.
13.3 The First Word from His Class. Sermon. March 30, 1961.
13.4 God's Kingdom Ruleth Over All. Sermon. January 11, 1931.
13.5 A Good Soldier. Sermon. June 23, 1918.
13.6 The Cross of Christ. Sermon. November 12, 1932.
13.7 Matthew 5:1-12. Sermon. Thanksgiving, November 25, 1948.
13.8 Luke 11:1. Sermon. January 10, 1926.
13.9 Luke 11:1. Sermon. January 12, 1941.
13.10 Daniel 3:1-25. Sermon. February 12, 1923.
13.11 Investing in Futures. Sermon. November 5, 1922.
13.12 The New Life. Sermon. February 1, 1948.
13.13 Titus 2:10. Sermon. August 22, 1920.
13.14 Jesus, The Wonder. Sermon. December 21, 1921.
13.15 Letter from All Lankford Buick, Inc. to Corum, April 3, 1957. (Invoice from February 25, 1957 included)
13.16 Receipts from Montgomery County Bank and Trust Company (8 total from 1961).
13.17 Medical bills, receipts and notes.
13.18 Deposit receipts from Montgomery County Bank and Trust Company, 1960-61 (5 total).
13.19 Hand-written financial notes, 1961.
13.20 Tax receipts, 1961.
13.21 Dry cleaning receipts (5 total).
13.22 Note cards with hand-written notes pertaining to Finances. (folder 1)
13.23 Note cards with hand-written notes pertaining to Finances. (folder 2)
Box 14 Typed and hand-written quotes and excerpts by various authors (25 folders)
Box 15 Typed and hand-written jokes and anecdotes (16 folders)
Box 16 Typed and hand-written jokes and anecdotes (12 folders)

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