It was in every way fitting that this honour should be rendered to Abraham Lincoln and that, on such commemoration day, his fellow-citizens should not fail to bear also in honoured memory the thousands of other good Americans who like Lincoln gave their lives for their country and without whose loyal devotion Lincoln's leadership would have been in vain. The chief purpose, however, as I understand, of a memorial service is not so much to glorify the dead as to enlighten and inspire the living.
He drafted a pamphlet incorporating such ideas but did not publish it. After charges of hostility to Christianity almost cost him a congressional bid, he kept his unorthodox beliefs private. James Adams labeled Lincoln as a deist.
William Barton, Lincoln likely had written an essay something of this character, but it was not likely that it was burned in such a manner. Johnson, New Salem schoolteacher Mentor Graham, with whom Lincoln boarded, reported in that the manuscript was "a defense of universal salvation.
Harvey Lee Ross, mail carrier who lived in New Salem with Lincoln inasserts that this was a fictional story by Herndon.
Herndon was 16 years old in and lived 20 miles away in Springfield and did not have contact with Lincoln. There was not a copy of The Age of Reason on the bookshelf at the tavern where Herndon said Lincoln had read it.
Finally, Ross states he was very well acquainted with everyone in the community of New Salem and he would have known about any conversations regarding a document of this nature.
I remember well his argument. In a letter written to Martin M. Morris inLincoln wrote: There was the strangest combination of church influence against me. My wife had some relations in the Presbyterian churches, and some in the Episcopal churches; and therefore, wherever it would tell, I was set down as either one or the other, while it was everywhere contended that no Christian ought to vote for me because I belonged to no Church, and was suspected of being a Deist and had talked of fighting a duel.
Responding to accusations that he was an "infidel", Lincoln defended himself, publishing a hand-bill to "directly contradict" the charge made against him.
The declaration was released as follows: A charge having got into circulation in some of the neighborhoods of this District, in substance that I am an open scoffer at Christianity, I have by the advice of some friends concluded to notice the subject in this form.
That I am not a member of any Christian Church, is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures; and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular.
It is true that in early life I was inclined to believe in what I understand is called the "Doctrine of Necessity"—that is, that the human mind is impelled to action, or held in rest by some power, over which the mind itself has no control; and I have sometimes with one, two or three, but never publicly tried to maintain this opinion in argument.
The habit of arguing thus however, I have, entirely left off for more than five years. And I add here, I have always understood this same opinion to be held by several of the Christian denominations.
The foregoing, is the whole truth, briefly stated, in relation to myself, upon this subject. I do not think I could myself, be brought to support a man for office, whom I knew to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion.
Leaving the higher matter of eternal consequences, between him and his Maker, I still do not think any man has the right thus to insult the feelings, and injure the morals, of the community in which he may live. If, then, I was guilty of such conduct, I should blame no man who should condemn me for it; but I do blame those, whoever they may be, who falsely put such a charge in circulation against me.
At the conclusion of the service, the fiery pulpiteer called for all who intended to go to heaven to rise. Naturally, the response was heartening.
Then, he called for all those who wished to go to hell to stand. Unsurprisingly there were not many takers. Lincoln had responded to neither option. Lincoln, you have not expressed an interest in going to either heaven or hell.
May I enquire as to where you do plan to go? I intend to go to Congress.
In a written statement to Herndon, James W. Keyes said Lincoln believed in a Creator of all things, who had neither beginning nor end, who possessing all power and wisdom, established a principal, in Obedience to which, Worlds move and are upheld, and animel and vegatable life came into existence.
A reason he gave for his belief was, that in view of the Order and harmony of nature which all beheld, it would have been More miraculouis to have Come about by chance, than to have been created and arranged by some great thinking power.
Lincoln had hoped to resolve the conflict peacefully without a civil war. During the address, Lincoln stated "Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulty.
After the funeral, he attempted a return to his routine but was unable. One week after the funeral, he isolated himself in his office and wept all day.36 Abraham Lincoln Lincoln's When in Chicago in , the mayor, John clairvoyant Wentworth, asked Lincoln why he did not get some astute politician to run him, Lincoln replied that "events and not a man's own ex- ertions made presidents.".
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Mr. Lincoln’s humanity sometimes obscured his depth. It was then I got my first hint of the innate dignity of the man. He made some monosyllabic reply, Martyr President, Abraham Lincoln: Voices from the Pulpit of New York and Brooklyn, p. (Tibbals & Whiting.
The Dignity of Leadership from Washington to Lincoln John Adams, America's first vice president, strongly supported the use of extravagant titles proposing in that the nation's chief executive be called "His Highness the President of the United States of America and Proctor of Their Liberties.". A knowledge of the influences which ruled the life of Lincoln, the greatest of practical mystics, is essential now that a new form of paganism and slavery threatens humanity.