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Fast-Day Sermon

Excerpt from Fast-Day Sermon: Delivered Before the United Congregational and Baptist Societies Text- 1 Chron. 29 chap., 11 to 13th verses inclusive: "Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty, for all that is in heaven and in the earth are thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now, therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name." I will not explain my text; its mere announcement is its own elucidation. I will come right to the heart of my subject, and mention the causes, we, as citizens of this nation, have for thanksgiving to God to-day. And, in the first place, we ought to thank God that we have a government. A large and powerful host of our own fellow-citizens rose up against us, for the purpose of destroying our institutions, or at the least, of perpetuating and establishing those of their own, foreign to the genius and spirit of our National union. This design was one that was cherished for a generation of men, and in furtherance of it, plans were matured, and studied preparations made in secret. This plot to ruin a country, whose policy they could not control, was so adroitly concealed, that it was not discovered till it was wholly perfected. This want of discernment on the part of the American people, was not owing to stupidity. It was not thought possible, that men could be found in this enlightened age, infamous enough to seek to destroy the wisest and most beneficent government on which the sun shone, and neither our rulers, chief men, or the masses of the people would have entertained for a moment the suspicion, that those of our own flesh and blood would betray and slay us. What was unsuspected was unprovided for. Arrangements for the dissolution of the Union were fully completed, before the people were aware that the first step had been taken. Those, on whom were bestowed the highest honors, in the gift of the people, took advantage of the confidence reposed in them, by scheming for the extinction of the nation's life. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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