||Government-led prayer was a universal practice in America before the
ratification of the Constitution. After the Constitution was ratified, government-led
prayer was still a universal practice. This completely refutes any notion that the
Constitution prohibits municipal school boards or teachers leading students in Christian
Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1777
The committee appointed to prepare a recommendation to these states, to set apart a day
of thanksgiving, brought in a report; which was agreed to as follows:
Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their
obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and
it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable
bounties of his common providence, but also to smile upon us in the prosecution of a just
and necessary war, for the defence and establishment of our unalienable rights and
liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the
means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success:
It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States,
to set apart Thursday, the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and
praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may
express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of
their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere
acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold
sins, whereby they had forfeited every favour, and their humble and earnest supplication
that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus
Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that
it may please him graciously to afford his blessing on the governments of these states
respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both
by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them
fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to
secure for these United States the greatest of all human blessings, independence and
peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the
labour of the husbandman, that our land may yet yield its increase; to take schools and
seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty,
virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the
promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth "in righteousness, peace
and joy in the Holy Ghost." [Romans 14:7]
And it is further recommended, that servile labour, and such recreation as, though at
other times innocent, may be unbecoming the purpose of this appointment, be omitted on so
solemn an occasion.*
[* This report, in the writing of Samuel Adams, is in the Papers of the Continental
Congress, No. 24, folio 431.]
In spite of government acts like that above, some have argued that any prayer that did
take place was non Christian prayer.
>>>>But, clearly the state ought to endorse Christianity.<<<
>As my professor use to say, nothing's clear!!
I quoted GEORGE WASHINGTON, 1789: [Acting upon a resolution of both Houses] to show
ASSICON that he should not follow blind Secular Humanist professors into the ditch:
"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence
of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore
His protection and favor...And beseech Him to pardon our national and other
transgressions... to promote the knowledge and practice of true
religion and virtue..." [etc.]
JD Richardson, A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897
(Published by Authority of Congress, 1899, Vol 1, p.5)
In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org (EDarr1776) writes:
>1. Kevin failed to mention that Washington edited the
It doesn't matter what EXACT WORDS Washington used. The entire proclamation was a CLEAR
violation of the ACLU's doctrine of "separation of church and state." There is
absolutely no evidence that Washington departed from the exact words of Congress' request
because Washington believed in the ACLU's version of "separation of church and
> Washington edited out all references to Jesus and any
>which suggested that the deity mentioned was exclusively the God of Abraham.
There is absolutely no evidence that Washington was urging America to pray to the god
of the Hindoos. None. "True religion" was the phrase used by Washington, just as
Madison spoke of "false religions" and "nations which live in
darkness." Everybody (except blithering atheists) knew what they meant. And they knew
what everyone understood them to be saying.
>Washington did not like religious strife.
There is absolutely no evidence that Washington believed that general Christianity
caused "strife." None. There is absolutely no evidence that Washington believed
that Congress' request, if followed, would cause "strife." None. Washington
believed that every nation should be Christian.
You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of
Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will
do every thing they can to assist you in this wise intention."
(Geo. Washington, The Writings of George Washington, JC Fitzpatrick, ed., Wash.
DC: US Govt Printing Office, 1932, Vol 15, p.55, from speech on May 12, 1779, to the
Chiefs of the sovereign nation of the Delaware Indians, who wanted Christianity taught to
>2. That the founders had intended to make the U.S. government
>apparent from the criticisms levelled at the Constitution during the
>ratification process, and the ensuing 150 year effort to add a "Christian
>Amendment." This history also points out that the history painted by some
Non sequitur. The intention of the Founders is not determined by those who sought to
clarify or alter the finished product of the Founders. Name one Signer of the Constitution
who stated a goal of making the U.S. government "godless." There is absolutely
no evidence to support such a contention. As usual, Ed is giving us a combination of
atheistic dreams and logical fallacies.
>Critics complained that the Constitution was completely
"godless" because it
>did not mention Jesus or God at all. Despite these criticisms, the
>Constitution was ratified, and the Bill of Rights was later attached -- all
>without mention of God.
SOME critics complained. Many others said these critics were too cynical.
We've gone over this before. The Framers were very careful not to tread on the
sovereignty of the states, all of whom had specifically and explicitly Christian
constitutions. They may have erred on the side of caution and hesitation, which is why the
"Christian Amendment" people went to work. All the greatest legal authorities in
the nation agreed that it was not the intention of the Framers to create a
"godless" government. Joseph Story pointed out that if an explicitly
rationalistic and atheistic constitution had been framed, it would not have been ratified.
The federal government was not delegated any power to act in the area of religion, because
that power rested with (and was not separated from) the states.
>Over the next century and a half or so, ending about 1945,
>tried to amend the Constitution to specifically name the God of Abraham the
>God of the U.S., or at least add Jesus' name somewhere. The proposal would
>have amended the Preamble itself.
>I mention this for to make two points: First, that Christians did in fact
>conduct such a drive indicates that not even devout Christians believed the
>U.S. Constitution established a "Christian Nation," not from the very first,
>not for more than a century did anyone have the brass to make such an
>argument, wholly unsupported by history.
There are more errors in this paragraph than words.
The U.S. was a Christian nation BEFORE the Constitution was written. The Constitution did
not change that.
Devout Christians believed that the U.S. was a Christian nation BEFORE the Constitution
was written, and they also believed that the Constitution did not change that. Other
devout Christians disagreed, holding that the Constitution should have said something more
If the Constitution had created a secular nation, as the ACLU maintains, it would have
been wholly inappropriate ("unconstitutional") for a President to make the
proclamation that Washington did, or for the Congress to request that he do so. Or for a
Proclamation to be made such as President Adams made:
As no truth is more clearly taught in the Volume of Inspiration, nor any more fully
demonstrated by the experience of all ages, than that a deep sense and a due
acknowledgment of the growing providence of a Supreme Being
and of the accountableness of men to Him as the searcher of hearts and righteous
distributor of rewards and punishments are conducive equally to the happiness of
individuals and to the well-being of communities....I have thought proper to recommend,
and I hereby recommend accordingly, that Thursday, the twenty-fifth of April next, be
observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting,
and prayer; that the citizens on that day abstain, as far as may be, from their secular
occupation, and devote the time to the sacred duties of religion, in public and in
private; that they call to mind our numerous offenses against the most high God, confess
them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore His pardoning mercy, through the
Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions, and that through His Holy
Spirit, we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous
requisitions in time to come; that He would interpose to arrest the progress of that
impiety and licentiousness in principle and practice so offensive to Himself and so
ruinous to mankind; that He would make us deeply sensible that "righteousness
exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" [Proverbs 14:34].
John Adams, "National Fast Day,"
A COMPILATION OF THE MESSAGES AND PAPERS OF THE PRESIDENTS, 1:284-86.
On another occasion, John Adams wrote: "The general principles, on which the
Fathers achieved independence, were the general principles of Christianity."
John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, June 28, 1813, in Lester J. Cappon, ed., THE
ADAMS-JEFFERSON LETTERS, 2 vols. (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press,
1959), 2:339-40. Those who fought the War for Independence thought of themselves as
Christians fighting for Christian rights and creating a Christian nation. I posted the
evidence for this during our discussion of the policeman who wanted to wear a cross on his
>Second, our nation's founders and greatest heroes, from
>Eisenhower, all understood the desire expressed by some to Christianize the
>Constitution -- and they all rejected the idea.
And why did they reject these proposed Amendments? Because these leaders were
anti-Christian? Because they wanted Christianity kept out of the public square? Or was it
because they thought the particular proposal for a federal amendment conflicted with
states' rights? (Or, as is more likely the case, is it simply another undocumented false
assertion by Ed that they did reject the idea? What is the
evidence for such a claim?)
Why is a Christian Amendment necessary when Presidents can make explicitly Christian
proclamations? Why is such an Amendment necessary when the United States Senate can ask
Presidents to proclaim such Christian proclamations as this one in 1863:
Resolved, That devoutly recognizing the supreme authority and just government of
Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations, and sincerely believing that no
people, however great in numbers and resources, or however strong in the justice of their
cause, can prosper without His favor, and at the same time deploring the national offenses
which have provoked his righteous judgment, yet encouraged in this day of trouble by the
assurances of His Word, to seek Him for succor according to His appointed way, through
Jesus Christ, the Senate of the United States do hereby request the President of the
United States, by his proclamation, to designate and set apart a day for national prayer
and humiliation, requesting all the people of the land to suspend their secular pursuits,
and unite in keeping the day in solemn communion with the Lord of Hosts, supplicating Him
to enlighten the councils and direct the policy of the rulers of the nation, and to
support all our soldiers, sailors, and marines, and the whole people, in the firm
discharge of duty, until the existing rebellion shall be overthrown and the blessings of
peace restored to our bleeding country.
Now, Ed would have us believe that Lincoln was an atheist, and REFUSED to obey the
resolution of the Senate.
>During the Civil War advocates of the amendment argued that
the war itself
>evidenced God's dissatisfaction with the godlessness of the government and
[Ed wants us to believe that this fanciful notion was advanced only by a Christian
fringe and was rejected by the majority of the nation, and especially by Lincoln. Ed
doesn't have the facts, and those who follow Ed will be led into the ditch, as we will
>They even secured an audience with Lincoln to plead for his
>help after getting the amendment introduced into both houses of Congress --
>Lincoln did nothing, and those proposals died, too.
But in fact, Lincoln obeyed the request of the Senate, and clearly established the God
of Abraham as our national Faith. (No Amendment necessary.)
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p.3365
Whereas the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the supreme authority and
just government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations, has by a
resolution requested the President to designate and set apart a day for national prayer
and humiliation; and
Whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the
overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet
with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize
the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those
nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord;
And, insomuch as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are
subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the
awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted
upon us for our [p.3366] presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation
as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have
been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth,
and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten
the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened
us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these
blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with
unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming
and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power. to confess our
national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of
the Senate, I do by this my proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th
day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby
request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to
unite at their several places of public worship and their respective homes in keeping the
day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to
that solemn occasion.
All this being done in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope
authorized by the divine teachings that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high
and answered with blessings no less than the pardon of our national sins and the
restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of
unity and peace. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of
the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this 30th day of March, A. D. 1863,
and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-seventh.
Ed, the ACLU, and other Secular Humanists repeat their mythical falsehoods over and
over until we believe them. The facts are contrary.
>Some of the founders endorsed Christianity for themselves.
But with the
>possible exception of Patrick Henry, none of them wanted a Christian
>government. At every opportunity they turned down the idea of a
>This is history. You could look it up.
As usual, Ed characterizes his atheistic dreams as "history."
He has given us nothing to "look up." Not a single footnote.
As usual, it's up to me to post FACTS.
America was a Christian nation.
America still is a Christian nation.
Secular Humanists like Ed have merely made America
an apostate Christian nation.
Maybe we need a Christian President like Lincoln who will have the courage to lead the
people back to Faith in the God of Abraham.
And they shall beat their swords into plowshares
and sit under their Vine & Fig Tree.
||Subject: Re: Beyond the pale
To: Separation of Church & State
>>Lincoln said it is the duty "of nations" to acknowledge God and
>>seek Him. It is a corporate duty, a public duty, not just a private
In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org (BrandonRe) writes:
>where does he say it is a "corporate duty"?
he says it is the duty of the
>nation...and what is the nation, but a group of individuals...
All I can say is you must really hate the idea of letting students begin their day with
prayer if you must resort to such word games. Fine: Prayer is not a "corporate"
duty, it is only a "group" duty, but the Supreme Court says children cannot
begin their day as a group in prayer.
>> The schools are not neutral when they deny 29 out of 30 students
>>the right to corporately follow the sage advice of Lincoln.
>but that is the point...the schools do not deny this right to students...they
>don't even deny the right to do it corporately...just to do it during
And by so doing they "instruct" children that prayer is not important.
Children are taught that human activities can prosper without seeking God's guidance and
blessing. Children are taught that the Founders of this nation believed it was important
NOT to begin the day in corporate prayer, because the Supreme Court teaches that they
removed prayer from schools because the Founders thought it was a bad idea for it to be
This is all part of the strategy of "the Big Lie."
In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Clif said: >>Ever since the Supreme Court took
prayer out of school, kids
>have been spiritually dead.<<<
>The Supreme Court did not remove prayers from schools. Kids can pray any
>time they want to. If they don't pray, that's not the fault of the schools,
>or of the Supreme Court -- you might find fault with their churches and
I'm sure that Clif is aware that American students, like students in other Communist
dictatorships, can pray alone and secretly, fearing government retribution only if they
pray together and are caught.
What Clif meant is that the essential feature of CORPORATE prayer and PUBLIC
recognition of God's Authority was removed by the Court.
But you knew that, didn't you, Ed.
So, when Peter had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John
whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.
Justice Scalia, Rehnquist, White, and Thomas recognized that private-only religious
practice was inconsistent with American religious tradition.
Church and state would not be such a difficult subject if religion were, as the Court
apparently thinks it to be, some purely personal avocation that can be indulged entirely
in secret, like pornography, in the privacy of one's room. For most believers it is not
that, and has never been. Religious men and women of almost all denominations have felt it
necessary to acknowledge and beseech the blessing of God as a people, and not just as
individuals, because they believe in the "protection of divine Providence," as
the Declaration of Independence put it, not just of individuals but for societies; because
they believe God to be, as Washington's first Thanksgiving Proclamation put it, the
"Great Lord and Ruler of Nations." One can believe in the effectiveness of such
public worship, or one can deprecate and deride it. but the long-standing American
tradition of prayer at official ceremonies displays what unmistakable clarity that the
Establishment Clause does not forbid the government to accommodate it
Lee v. Wiesman; 120 L.Ed. 2d 467, 518 (1992), Scalia, J., dissenting.
>>> Look at all the shootings at schools.<<<
>Almost all of
>the incidents we've seen on the news of mass assaults have involved good
>"Christian" kids in wealthy suburbs, or "Christian" kids who had a
>fascination with guns, in suburban or rural schools. When the violence
>committed by Christian kids is seeing such a dramatic increase, while other
>violence falls, to suggest that prayer might be the one key is short sighted,
>wrong-headed, and foolish.
The "Trenchcoat Mafia" is a group of Christians.
Now I've heard everything.
>>>I can't believe they let a atheist woman go to the supreme court and get
>prayer banned from schools.<<
>I can't believe it either, and that didn't happen. You wouldn't care to cite
>a case and tell us the facts, would you?
Remember Engle v. Vitale, 1962?
Neither the fact that the prayer may be denominationally neutral nor the fact that its
observance on the part of the students is voluntary can serve to free it from the
limitations of the [First Amendment]. . . . [It] ignores the essential nature of the
program's constitutional defects. . . . Prayer in its public school system breaches the
constitutional wall of separation between Church and State.
Engel v. Vitale; 370 U.S. 421, 430 (1962).
The real issue in that original prayer case was not the state-mandated coercion
argument so often recited by today's revisionist reviewers; rather, it was--as the Court
itself openly declared--simply the presence of "prayer in [the] public school
Additional proof of this is found in the manner in which the Engel case has been
invoked in subsequent years. If the impact of this ruling had been only to stop
state-approved, state mandated, supposedly, coercive prayers while still allowing
voluntary prayers, then Engel would have been cited in no subsequent ruling, for there
have been no further cases involving those circumstances. Yet even a cursory perusal of
court rulings over recent decades reveals that this has not been the case; Engel has been
cited in virtually every prayer case, regardless of its dissimilarity to the original
For example, the courts relied on Engel when striking down adult-led graduation
invocations and benedictions in Lee v. Weisman and student-led prayer in Harris v. Joint
School District  ; when striking down voluntary silent prayer in Wallace v. Jaffree 
; when striking down team athletic prayers in Doe v. Duncanville Independent School
District  ; when striking down equal-access invocations before football games in Jager
v. Douglas  ; and in numbers of other prayer cases. Very simply, the usage of the Engel
case confirms that the original decision was an attack on any type of prayers in school.
Furthermore, not only have the courts regularly attacked voluntary prayer, but in their
remaking of the First Amendment over recent decades, the Court has applied for different
standards: the "establishment test" (1947); the "lemon test" (1971)
under which a public religious activity must have a predominately secular purpose; the
"endorsement test" (1985); and the "psychological coercion test: (1992).
Each succeeding test was less tolerant of public religious expressions than the previous
one. Observing the court's evolving standards and varying tests, one is reminded of Thomas
The Constitution . . . is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they
may twist and shape into any form they please. 
The simple fact in practice is that the Supreme Court did rule against voluntary
>Or do you believe it should be okay
>for school officials to dictate religion to children? The Court DID ban
No one was coerced. It was voluntary. The Court admitted this. Anyone could have been
excused from participating in any way in the prayer.
Here's the test for Ed and other anti-prayer forces on this Board:
Suppose 29 out of 30 students in your public school class wanted to being the school
day with corporate prayer, and they all agreed they wanted to say this prayer: Almighty
God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our
parents, our teachers, and our Country. The Supreme Court said the Framers of the
Constitution intended to prevent Christians from doing this. The entire class was to be
held hostage by one atheist, according the the Founders.
What a lie.
The practice was every bit as constitutional as the flag salute, which members of some
religions saw as idolatrous and offensive. The Court ruled (back in the 1940's) that the
public schools had to permit them to excuse themselves from the patriotic prayer. The
Court did NOT rule that all the other students who did NOT find the patriotic prayer
objectionable had to cease and desist their corporate observance. The Secular Humanist
Court in Engel was anti-Christian and hypocritical.
Further, the Court was CLEARLY out-of-step with the Framers of the Constitution, who
never imagined that public prayer would be outlawed by the First Amendment.
[I]t is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey
His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.
PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON, 1789 
[W]e ought to be led by religious feelings of gratitude; and to walk before Him in all
humility, according to His most Holy Law . . .[and] humbly supplicate our Heavenly Father
to grant us the aids of His grace . . . and vouchsafe His smiles upon our temporal
GOVERNOR SAMUEL ADAMS, 1795 
The goodness of the Supreme Being to all His rational creatures demands their
acknowledgments of gratitude and love; His absolute government of the world dictates that
it is the interest of every nation and people ardently to supplicate His favor and implore
GOVERNOR JOHN HANCOCK, 1782 
To a people who believe the superintending Providence of the Divine Being over all
human affairs, that even a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His permission, it
will not be unexpected that their civil rulers should call upon them . . . to seek the
Divine protection and assistance.
MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNING COUNCIL, 1780 
It being our incumbent duty to acknowledge God in all our ways and to commit all our
affairs, both public and private, to all His all wise direction and guidance.
[GOVERNOR] JAMES BOWDOIN, 1776 
[I]t is our indispensable duty to implore the blessing of Heaven upon all occasions.
GOVERNOR JOHN WENTWORTH, 1775 
It is not surprising, then, that recognizing the important societal effect arising form
publicly acknowledging God remained a part of our political understanding throughout our
early history. For example, in 1798, John Adams explained:
As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend upon the
protection and the blessing of
Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable
duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the
promotion of that morality and piety without which social happiness cannot exist nor the
blessings of a free government be enjoyed . . . I have therefore thought fit to recommend
. . . a day of solemn humiliation, fasting and prayer that the citizens of these States .
. . offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies. 
Then in 1799, Adams similarly explained:
[N]o truth is more clearly taught in the Volume of Inspiration, nor any more fully
demonstrated by the experience of all ages, than that a deep sense and a due
acknowledgment of the governing providence of a Supreme Being and of the accountableness
of men to Him as the searcher of hearts and righteous distributor of rewards and
punishments are conducive equally to the happiness and rectitude of individuals and to the
well-being of communities. 
- Harris v. Joint School District; 994 F. 2d 160 (5th Cir. 1993).
- Wallace v. Jaffree; 472 U.S. 38 (1985).
- Doe v. Duncanville Independent School District; 994 F. 2d 160 (5th Cir.
- Jager v. Douglas; 862 F. 2d 824 (11th Cir. 1989), cert denied, 490 U.S.
- Thomas Jefferson, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Albert Bergh, editor
(Washington, D.C.: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), Vol.XV, p. 213, to
Judge Spencer Roane on September 6, 1819.
- George Washington, The Writings of George Washington, Jared Sparks, editor
(Boston: Ferdinand Andrews, 1838), Vol. XII, p. 119, October 3, 1789.
- Samuel Adams, A Proclamation for a Day of Public Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer
(Printed at the State Press: Adams and Larkin, 1795).
- John Hancock, A Proclamation For a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer
- Massachusetts Council, A Proclamation For a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and
Prayer (Boston: 1780).
- Massachusetts Council, A Proclamation For a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and
Prayer (Watertown, Massachusetts, 1776).
- John Wentworth, By the Governor, A Proclamation For a General Fast (Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, 1775).
- John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States,
Charles Francis Adams, Editor (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1854), p.8.
- Id. At Vol. IX, p. 172, March 6, 1799.
Ed is a mischievous sophist, and we believe him and the U.S Supreme Court at our peril.