I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. Lincoln's involvement in this decision is unclear. When a pious minister told Lincoln he "hoped the Lord is on our side," the president responded, "I am not at all concerned about that But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side.
In November , Lincoln travelled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania , to participate in the dedication of the cemetery established there for the thousands of soldiers who died during the recent battle. There he gave his celebrated speech, the Gettysburg Address , wherein he hoped that the nation shall, "under God," have a new birth of freedom. The words, "under God," may not have been in his written manuscript, but it is posited by some sources that he added them extemporaneously from the podium.
In , some former slaves in Maryland presented Lincoln with a gift of a Bible.
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According to one report, Lincoln replied:. In regard to this great book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it. In response to the reported speech in Maryland, Lincoln's law partner Herndon remarked "I am aware of the fraud committed on Mr. Lincoln in reporting some insane remarks supposed to have been made by him, in , on the presentation of a Bible to him by the colored people of Baltimore.
No sane man ever uttered such folly, and no sane man will ever believe it. In September , Lincoln, placing the Civil War squarely within a divine province, wrote in a letter to a member of the Society of Friends , "The purposes of the Almighty are perfect, and must prevail, though we erring mortals may fail accurately to perceive them in advance. We hoped for a happy termination of this terrible war long before this; but God knows best, and has ruled otherwise Surely He intends some great good to follow this mighty convulsion, which no mortal could make, and no mortal could stay.
On the day Lincoln was assassinated, he reportedly told his wife at Ford's Theatre that he wanted to visit the Holy Land and that "there was no place he so much desired to see as Jerusalem. Following Lincoln's assassination a memory book, The Lincoln Memorial Album—Immortelles , in which people could write their thoughts includes some comments on Lincoln's religion. One entry, written by a well-known Presbyterian minister, the Rev. John H.
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Barrows , claimed that Lincoln had become a Christian in but provided no evidence. He said:. In the anxious uncertainties of the great war, he gradually rose to the heights where Jehovah became to him the sublimest of realities, the ruler of nations When darkness gathered over the brave armies fighting for the nation's life, this strong man in the early morning knelt and wrestled in prayer with Him who holds the fate of empires. When the clouds lifted above the carnage of Gettysburg, he gave his heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. The pastor of a church in Freeport, Illinois, in November , said that a man from Illinois visited Lincoln in the White House and, after conducting other business, asked the president if he loved Jesus.
The pastor said that Lincoln buried his face in his handkerchief as tears came to his eyes and then answered:. When I left home to take this chair of state, I requested my countrymen to pray for me. I was not then a Christian. When my son died, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But, when I went to Gettysburg and looked upon the graves of our dead heroes who had fallen in defense of their country, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.
Yes, I do love Jesus. This quote appeared on page one of the Freeport Weekly Journal on December 7, This has been portrayed to have been Lincoln's "reply" to this unnamed Illinois minister when asked if he loved Jesus. Some versions of this have Lincoln using the word "crosses" instead of "graves", and some have him saying "Christ" instead of "Jesus". This incident must have appeared in print immediately after Lincoln's death, for I find it quoted in memorial addresses of May, Oldroyd has endeavored to learn for me in what paper he found it and on whose authority it rests, but without result.
He does not remember where he found it. It is inherently improbable, and rests on no adequate testimony. It ought to be wholly disregarded. The earliest reference I have found to the story in which Lincoln is alleged to have said to an unnamed Illinois minister, "I do love Jesus" is in a sermon preached in the Baptist Church of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, April 19, , by Rev. Whitcomb, which was published in the Oshkosh Northwestern , April 21, , and in issued in pamphlet form by John E.
Following Lincoln's assassination, there were competing biographies, some claiming Lincoln had been a Christian and others that he had been a non-believer. Lamon had also been a law partner with Lincoln in Illinois, from until , and later was Lincoln's personal bodyguard in Washington. Lamon's biography stated that Lincoln did not himself believe in the divinity of Jesus, and that several who knew him as a young man described him as an "infidel".
Mary Todd Lincoln strongly disagreed with the portrayal of her husband. She may have enlisted people such as Rev. Noyes W. Miner to testify to Lincoln's faith. Miner lived across the street from the Lincolns in Springfield, Illinois, and Lincoln was known to visit with Miner, a Baptist minister.
Miner was also one of the ministers who officiated at the burial of Abraham Lincoln. James Armstrong Reed, in preparing his lectures on the religion of Lincoln, asked a number of people if there was any evidence of Lincoln being an "infidel" in his later life. I do not believe a word of it. It could not have been true of him while here, for I have had frequent and intimate conversations with him on the subject of the Bible and the Christian religion, when he could have had no motive to deceive me, and I considered him sound not only on the truth of the Christian religion but on all its fundamental doctrines and teaching.
And more than that: in the latter days of his chastened and weary life, after the death of his son Willie, and his visit to the battle-field of Gettysburg, he said, with tears in his eyes, that he had lost confidence in everything but God, and that he now believed his heart was changed, and that he loved the Saviour, and, if he was not deceived in himself, it was his intention soon to make a profession of religion.
Noah Brooks, a newspaperman, and a friend and biographer of Lincoln's, in reply to Reed's inquiry if there was any truth to claims that Lincoln was an "infidel", stated:. In addition to what has appeared from my pen, I will state that I have had many conversations with Mr. Lincoln, which were more or less of a religious character, and while I never tried to draw anything like a statement of his views from him, yet he freely expressed himself to me as having 'a hope of blessed immortality through Jesus Christ.
His language seemed not that of an inquirer, but of one who had a prior settled belief in the fundamental doctrines of the Christian religion. Once or twice, speaking to me of the change which had come upon him, he said, while he could not fix any definite time, yet it was after he came here, and I am very positive that in his own mind he identified it with about the time of Willie's death.
He said, too, that after he went to the White House he kept up the habit of daily prayer. Sometimes he said it was only ten words, but those ten words he had.
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There is no possible reason to suppose that Mr. Lincoln would ever deceive me as to his religious sentiments. In many conversations with him, I absorbed the firm conviction that Mr. Lincoln was at heart a Christian man, believed in the Savior, and was seriously considering the step which would formally connect him with the visible church on earth.
Certainly, any suggestion as to Mr. Lincoln's skepticism or Infidelity, to me who knew him intimately from till the time of his death, is a monstrous fiction -- a shocking perversion. Sidney I. Lauck, then a very old woman: "After Mr. Lincoln's death, Dr. Gurley told me that Mr. Lincoln had made all the necessary arrangements with him and the Session of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church to be received into the membership of the said church, by confession of his faith in Christ, on the Easter Sunday following the Friday night when Mr.
Lincoln was assassinated. Lauck was, she said, about thirty years of age at the time of the assassination. Gurley did not mention anything about Lincoln's impending membership at the funeral in the White House, in which he delivered the sermon that has been preserved,  nor in his reply to Reed above. Lincoln to be a sincere Christian" and reported that Lincoln had told a woman from Brooklyn in the United States Christian Commission that he had had "a change of heart" and intended "at some suitable opportunity to make a profession of religion".
Madison Clinton Peters , in his biography wrote, "That he was a true and sincere Christian, in fact, if not in form, is fully proved by many extracts from his letters and public utterances. Quotations attributed to Mrs. Lincoln seem inconsistent. She wrote to Reverend Smith, the pastor in Springfield: "When too - the overwhelming sorrow came upon us, our beautiful bright angelic boy, Willie was called away from us, to his Heavenly Home, with God's chastising hand upon us - he turned his heart to Christ.
Lincoln had no hope and no faith in the usual acceptance of these words". Lincoln's maxim and philosophy were, 'What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree. He was a religious man always, I think, but was not a technical Christian. However, Mary Lincoln utterly denied these quotes, insisting that Herndon had "put those words in her mouth. I remember the call he made on me for a few minutes at the [St. Nicholas] hotel as he mentions, your welcome entrance a quarter of an hour afterward, naturally prevented a further interview with him.
Herndon's reply to these accusations was never answered. He cites several of Lincoln's close associates: . At one time in his life, he was an elevated Pantheist , doubting the immortality of the soul as the Christian world understands that term. Typical Norman 12th-century decoration on the west front.
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Retrieved 25 June HathiTrust Digital Library. Retrieved 27 January The Mansion House Hotel, a four-story structure which could accommodate guests, was one of many noted luxury hotels in the city. It burned down on Dec. According to the Times, it was closed for the season, but a watchman noted flames coming from the windows around 1 in the morning. That hotel, and the others from the 19th century, may be gone, but the Historical Association is commemorating them.
On Monday, members gathered at Pier Village, along with city officials and historians, to unveil a plaque honoring the Mansion House. The Association plans to put up more plaques to commemorate the site of some of the other major hotels which played a prominent role in Long Branch history.