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TO THE

CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES

WHOSE

CIVIL INSTITUTIONS

HAVE TEEIR

Life and Character in the Christian Beligion,

THIS VOLUME

IS

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED.

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DEVELOPED IN THE OFFICIAL AND HISTORICAL

ANNALS OF THE REPUBLIC.

BY

B. F. MORRIS.

“True religion affords to Government its surest support."—WASHINGTON.

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond
the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”—JOHN QUINCY ADAMS.

“The religion of the New Testament—that religion which is founded on the teachings of Jesus
Christ and his Apostles-is as sure a guide to duty in politics and legislation as in any concern of
life.”—DANIEL WEBSTER.

“Righteousness exalteth a nation." -BIBLE.

PHILADELPILIA:
GEORGE W. CHILDS, 628 & 630 CHESTNUT ST.
CINCINNATI: RICKEY & CARROLL.

1864.

1874, etnil 28

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HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1803, by

B. F. MORRIS, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of

Pennsylvania.

STEREOTYPED BY L. JOTINSON & Co.

PHILADELPHIA.

PREFACE.

This volume is committed to the American people, in the firm assurance that the invaluable facts which it records will be grateful to every patriotic and pious heart. In it, as from the richest mines, has been brought out the pure gold of our history. Its treasures have been gathered and placed in this casket for the instruction and benefit of the present and future. We have a noble historic life; for our ancestors were the worthies of the world. We have a noble nation, full of the evidences of the moulding presence of Christian truth, and of the power and goodness of Divine wisdom in rearing up a Christian republic for all time. That this was the spirit and aim of the early founders of our institutions the facts in this volume fully testify

The field through which the reader will walk, in this work, must give wider expansion to his political views, quicken the pulses of his loyalty, add to his conscious dignity as an American citizen, strengthen his confidence in our future, and impart a higher tone to his piety.

The single object of the compiler was to link, in a connected form, the golden chain of our Christian history, and to reveal the basis on which our institutions stand.

The documents and facts are authentic, and have been collected, with laborious diligence, from standard historical works and from the political and Christian annals of the nation. The volume is the voice of the best and wisest men of the republic. It must, therefore, have weight with the American people, and be a political and Christian thesaurus and text-book to the scholar, the teacher, the

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