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A Defence of the Use of the Bible in Schools

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Featured, Historical Document, Library|

The following is part of the transcript from a letter written in 1791, which was published by the American Tract Society in 1830. To purchase the whole text of Dr. Rush's letter, see The Bible in Schools pamphlet that can be found in the WallBuilders store. Dear Sir: It is now [...]

Benjamin Harrison 1894 Letter to His Son

By | August 31st, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) was a lawyer, a Civil War brigadier general, and eventually the twenty-third president of the United States from 1889-1893. In this letter to his son, Russell Benjamin Harrison, on July 12, 1894, he admonishes the younger Harrison to remain steadfast in the faith. The former president explains to [...]

Lyndon B. Johnson and the Bible

By | August 29th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

On January 19, 1966, Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), the 36th president of the United States, held a ceremony at the White House to declare that 1966 would be a “Year of the Bible.” On that occasion he remarked that, “No human accountant can calculate the immense good that your Society has [...]

John Clem and his Hymn Book

By | August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

John Clem When looking back upon his service in the Civil War, John Clem remarked, “Almost literally it might be said that I went from the nursery to the battlefield.”[i] Such an observation was not an overstatement. Widely held to be the youngest soldier in the Union army,[ii] John [...]

“The General Principles of Christianity” – Context Leading to Adams’ June 28, 1813, Letter to Jefferson

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

When writing to Thomas Jefferson on June 28, 1813, John Adams discusses the fact that America achieved independence through the general principles of Christianity. The letter itself, however, was the culmination of events which had begun nearly fifteen years earlier. Adams and Jefferson had been friends for many years but had [...]

Laura Bridgman Letter

By | August 8th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

Laura Bridgman (1829-1889) was a blind and deaf student under Samuel G. Howe at the Perkins School for the Blind during the middle of the 1800’s. (The school was originally chartered in 1829 and opened in 1832 by Dr. John Fisher and Howe with the support of Col. Thomas Perkins. It sought [...]

Abraham Lincoln General Order

By | August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

The following General Order was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on July 30, 1863. See an interesting print of the Emancipation Proclamation from the WallBuilders library. GENERAL ORDERS,                       WAR DEPARTMENT, No. 252.                                                          Adjutant General’s Office,                                                                          Washington, July 31, 1863. The following order of the President, is published for the information [...]

Wentworth Cheswell Documents

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

Wentworth Cheswell (sometimes Chiswell or Cheswill), from New Hampshire, held some position in local government for half a century, holding a position every year from 1768 until 1817. Below are documents from the WallBuilders library signed by Cheswell during the twelve years he served as Justice of the Peace. Wentworth Cheswell [...]

General Order Respecting the Observance of the Sabbath

By | July 10th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

At the height of the Civil War in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued this General Order regarding the observance of the Sabbath in the military. In his General Order, President Lincoln quoted from two separate General Orders (February 26, and July 9, 1776) issued by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. [...]

Benjamin Rush Personal Bible Study

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

Founding Father Benjamin Rush's handwritten personal Bible study booklet entitled “References to Texts of Scriptures Related to Each Other Upon Particular Subjects.” In it he listed scriptures under various topics and wrote his own notes on those scriptures. We have included excerpts of the booklet below.   Booklet Cover   Rush [...]

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