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-communicants. They deemed loyalty to truth and obedience to Christ paramount to all earthly and personal considerations; and however we, at this day, may differ from them, we must accord to them a conscientious desire to promote the glory of God and the good of the church. A proof of their love of peace was found in the fact, that, on the morning after the ordination, three of the opposers of it waited together upon the new pastor; when Thomas Brooks, jun., Esq., addressed him thus:-- Rev. Sir,--We opposed the giving you a call, and we opposed your ordination; we did thus from our deepest convictions of duty to Christ and his church ; but, as we have failed in all our efforts, and you are now to begin your ministry among us, we have come here to tell you that our opposition to you ceases, and that you will find us constant attendants on your ministrations, and ready to aid you in your holy work. Dr. Osgood toll the writer of this, that he found these gentlemen among his most
nd peace may be multiplied to them all. His request was immediately granted; whereupon a reply was sent to Mr. Bigelow by the unanimous vote of the parish, in which they regret, for reasons stated, his relinquishment of office, and say,-- We bear you witness, that, with true Christian forbearance and professional integrity, you have had your walk and conversation among us from the beginning, and that you have been the minister of much good to this people.... In taking leave of you, Rev. Sir, we would most heartily reciprocate the sentiments expressed in your farewell discourse for our future prosperity and happiness. Voted, that the Committee be directed to request of Mr. Bigelow a copy of the two discourses mentioned in his communication, as delivered on the 9th of July and 29th of October last, to be deposited among the parish records. Mr. Bigelow's connection with the parish legally ceased Jan. 9, 1827. Returning from Europe with recovered health, he became the mini
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 2: influence of Christian officers. (search)
o General Lee he endorsed on it: Approved, and respectfully returned to Captain——, with the advice that he should always respect the religious views and feelings of others. The following letters, addressed to a prominent rabbi of Richmond (to whom I am indebted for copies), will serve to illustrate the broad charity of this model Christian: Headquarters, Valley Mountain, August 29, 1861. rabbi M. J. Michelbacher, Preacher Hebrew Congregation, House of Love, Richmond, Virginia: Reverend Sir: I have just received your letter of the 23d inst., requesting that a furlough from the 2d to the 15th of September be granted to the soldiers of the Jewish persuasion in the Confederate States Army, that they may participate in the approaching holy service of the synagogue. It would give me great pleasure to comply with a request so earnestly urged by you, and which, I know, would be so highly appreciated by that class of soldiers. But the necessities of war admit of no relaxation of t
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
, now a college professor, writes of Colonel Higginson:— The traits that marked his summer life at Dublin specially appealed to me; his sincere recognition of genuine manhood and womanhood in the townsfolk and his detection of a poetic element in even the grim and seemingly sordid side of country life. Literary work was continued at Dublin and the author's secretary imported for a time each summer, as this plea to his so-called pastor for the loan of a typewriter shows:— Reverend Sir:— A virtuous maid has arrived at this house, for whose spiritual welfare I am bound to concern myself. She is to do certain copying for Goodman Hart and myself on that carnal instrument called a typewriter, which I myself eschew, finding it to savor little of the great Scriptural Types which we are bidden to revere. Now the only typewriting machine yet accessible here is that belonging to your neighbor Goodman Cooke, a species of lay preacher, who offers his for the afternoon. Ye<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 10 (search)
the voyage. Reprinted in the same volume of the Massachusetts Historical Collections, pp. 135-156. The other two narratives are from Strachey's Historie of Travaile into Virginia (reprinted by the Hakluyt Society, 1849), pp. 171-173, 176-180. I.—Gosnold's fort at Cuttyhunk. [Gosnold was the first Englishman who attempted to found a colony in New England; and this account of his attempt is by his companion, John Brereton.] To the Honorable Sir Walter Raleigh, Knight. Honorable Sir,— Being earnestly requested by a dear friend to put down in writing some true relation of our late-performed voyage to the north parts of Virginia, The Massachusetts coast was still described as a part of Virginia. at length I resolved to satisfy his request. May it please your Lordship, therefore, to understand that upon the five and twentieth of March, 1602, being Friday, we went from Falmouth, being in all two and thirty persons, in a small bark of Dartmouth, called The Concord,
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, George Benson (search)
levation to the primacy, has been preserved, and merits insertion, as a model of that liberal and truly Christian spirit which we could wish to find in all stations, and more especially in one of such high dignity and extensive influence. Reverend Sir,—I cannot satisfy myself with having sent a cold and common answer of thanks for your volume of most excellent and useful sermons. I do it in this manner with great esteem and cordiality. I thank you at the same time, as becomes me to do, fo and the teachers of our common religion make it their business to extend its essential influence, and join in supporting its true interest and honour. No times ever called more loudly upon Protestants for zeal, and unity, and charity. I am, Rev. Sir, your assured friend, Thomas Cantuar. Another letter, in the same spirit, from the author's namesake, Dr. Benson, Bishop of Gloucester, is given by Dr. Amory, and is inserted here, as illustrating the sort of intercourse which was then perm
The British Treasury has greeted £5,000 to Captain Sir F. L. and the officers and crew of the Arctic yacht Fox, as a reward for their recent services in ascertaining the late of the late Sir John and his companions. A grant of £2,000 has also been agreed to for a national monument to Franklin.
sorder, or the expedient of a European arbitration." Naval preparations. England is progressing with her preparations for an immense naval and military display in South America. Twelve hundred tons of shell and shot were shipped at Woolwich, on the 17th inst., for Canada, and a number of transports were lying off in order to take a like freight on board. Orders had been given for the manufacture of two millions of Minnie bullets weekly at Woolwich, to go on until countermanded. Admiral Sir R Dacres, in the frigate Edgar, is to join Admiral Milne at Halifax. In regard to the report that the celebrated frigate Warrior was to join the North American fleet, it is explained that the Warrior was about to embark supernumeraries for the Mediterranean and West India stations, and convey them to Lisbon. On arriving there she will transfer those for the North American and West India squadron to the Edgar, which would sail immediately afterwards to join the squadron of Admiral Mi
ld house which was lately pulled down on the outskirts of the city, with several others, evidently autographic, but so mutilated and defaced as to be almost illegible. The present letter is addressed to Rev. Mason Weems, afterwards the biographer of Washington, and was no doubt an acknowledgment of the receipt of one of the many pamphlets on moral and religious subjects written by that most industrious author. The letter can be seen at this office: "Mount Vernon, 29th Aug., 1799. "Rev. Sir: I have been duly favored with your letter of the 20th instant, accompanied by 'The Philanthropist.' "I pray you to receive my sincere thanks. Much indeed is it to be wished that the sentiments contained in the pamphlet, and the doctrine it endeavors to inculcate, were more prevalent. Happy would it be for this country at least if they were so. But while the passions of mankind are under so little restraint as they are among us, and while there are so many motives and views to b
The Daily Dispatch: January 23, 1864., [Electronic resource], Correspondence between his Excellency, President Davis, and his Holiness Pope Pius IX. (search)
atin.] To the Illustrious and Honorable Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, Richmond. Pius. P. P. IX. Illustrious and Honorable Sir., greeting. We have lately received with all kindness, as was meet, the gentlemen seat by your Excellency to present to us your letter dated on the 23d of lasleasure in learning both from these gentlemen and from your letter the feelings of gratification, and of very warm appreciation with which you, Illustrious and Honorable Sir. were moved when you first had knowledge of our letters written in October of the preceding year to the Venerable Brethren, John. Archbishop of New York, andica might again enjoy mutual peace and concord, and love each other with mutual charity. And it has been very gratifying to us to recognize, illustrations and Honorable Sir., that you and your people are animated by the same desire for peace and tranquility which we had so earnestly inculcated in our aforesaid letters to the Vener
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