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patriot, the politician, the statesman, the jurist, the legislator, the divine, and, in a word, to all classes of American citizens.
The work is not speculative or theoretical, but a series of facts to unfold and establish the Christian life and character of the civil institutions of the United States, in the light of which every American citizen can trace to its source the true glory of the nation, and learn to appreciate its institutions and to venerate and imitate the great and good men who founded them.
It has been a delightful task of patriotism and piety to the compiler to prepare the volume, and to lay it as a grateful offering upon the common altar of his country and of Christianity.
The work has been the labor of years, performed in various States of the Union, and in the capital of the nation, within sight of the tomb of Washington, during the most eventful
of the Rebellion; and its last pages were prepared for the press in Philadelphia, where so many of the sacred scenes of the Revolution transpired. The volume, therefore, has in its preparation a national feature, and the reader will be impressed with the importance and appositeness of the facts to the present time.
It is also the ardent hope of the compiler that the facts and principles recorded in this volume, and in which, in our early struggle, all denominations of Christians uttered with such harmony their convictions that the only sure and stable basis of our civil institutions was in the Christian religion, may contribute to strengthen the union of patriotism and piety in all parts of the country, to save the nation from the perils of a wicked rebellion, and be the brightest hope of the future.
Care has been taken to give each author credit for his thoughts and language, though in a few instances it may have been overlooked. It was not the desire nor the design of the compiler to elaborate his own views,—though
they are found in the volume,—but to give those of the great leading minds of the republic, both past and present.
His grateful acknowledgments are tendered to the Librarians of the Young Men's Mercantile Library Association, and of the Mechanics’ Institute Libraries of Cincinnati; of the State Library of Ohio; of the Historical and Astor Libraries of New York; of the Mercantile Library and Library Association of Philadelphia; of the Libraries of Congress, and of the Interior Department; to the Chief Clerk in the Department of State, for access to the manuscript papers of Washington; to Peter Force, of Washinyton City, for frequent examinations of his large and invaluable collection of books and periodicals illustrative of the early history of our country; and to the Honorable Thomas Corwin, of Ohio, for numerous visits to his valuable library. His thanks are due also to the late Honorable Samuel W. Parker, of Indiana, for the frequent use of his large political and historical library, and to the late Judge John McLean, of Ohio, who imparted to the compiler valuable suggestions in reference to the preparation of the work.
The Introduction to the work is written by Rev. Byron Sunderland, D.D., pastor for the last twelve years of the First Presbyterian Church of Washington City, and Chaplain to the Senate of the United States in the ThirtySeventh Congress. Its high Christian tone and sentiment, its finished literary excellence, and the important truths it so forcibly enunciates will render it well worthy the attention of the reader.
The volume is committed to the blessing of God and to the judgment and favor of the American people, in humble trust that it may aid in preserving and perpetuating to future generations the Union of the States, the integrity of the best government ever instituted by the wisdom of men, and the nationality of the American Republic.
PRINCIPAL AUTHORITIES CONSULTED.
Archives of American Annals, by Peter Force.
Journals of Congress and Official Records, Colonial and State Constitutions and papers.
Bancroft's History of the United States.
Rev. J. Adams's Sermon, with Notes, on the Relation of Christianity to the Civil Government of the United States.
Principles and Acts of the American Revolution, by H. Niles.
Presbyterian Review, New England Review, Bibliotheca Sacra, Rebellion Record, by Frank Moore, and a large number of periodicals, of the time of the Revolution and at the formation of the Constitution of the United States.
The Chapter on the Christian Element in the Civil War was compiled from the official acts and papers of the ecclesiastical denominations, of benevolent organizations, and of the national and State Governments.
Griswold's Republican Court, or American Society in the Days of Washington.
Mrs. Ellett's American Women.
Sanderson's Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of Inde pendence.
INTRODUCTION, by Rev. BYRON SUNDERLAND, D.D.........
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