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Franklin’s Appeal for Prayer at the Constitutional Convention

By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

Although authorized by the Congress of the Confederation, the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was nevertheless cloaked with secrecy and confidentiality. The official papers of the Convention sat in the Department of State, untouched, until 1818. Yet in retrospect, the gathering reveals both the men and the issues they faced during the [...]

A Defence of the Use of the Bible in Schools

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

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 Rush Personal Bible Study

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Historical Document|

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     [...]

The Constitution of the United States of America

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Historical Document|

  The Constitution of the United States of AmericaPREAMBLE We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain [...]

Lew Wallace

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Historical Document|

Here is a handwritten document by Gen. Lewis Wallace, Union General in the Civil War, Governor of New Mexico and U.S. minister to the Ottoman Empire. It consists of a portion of his novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.      The people arose, and leaped upon the benches, and [...]

Bible Society Reports

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Historical Document|

The Philadelphia Bible Society, America's first Bible society, was officially organized on December 12, 1808. By 1816, 121 more Bible societies had been started across the nation. Below, from the WallBuilders library, is a group of reports from various 19th century Bible societies. At WallBuilders, we also have an original Bible [...]

Black Revolutionary War Soldiers Pay

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Historical Document|

See the below pay receipt documents from the WallBuilders library. These documents, from 1778, 1780, and 1782, are for three black soldiers who fought during the Revolutionary War. 1778 Pay Receipt for Pomp Kearns, a member of the Rehobath militia. 1780 Pay Receipt for Croft Conomy, a member of the "Connecticut [...]

Wentworth Cheswell Documents

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Historical Document|

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 [...]

WWII Japanese Leaflets

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Historical Document|

During World War II, American bombers dropped millions of leaflets over Japan to warn citizens of events such as upcoming bombings and surrender terms. Below is a collection of Japanese language leaflets from the WallBuilders library (translations from declassified military sources have been provided when found). Translation of text on the [...]

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