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The President's Death

Excerpt from The President's Death: A Discourse Delivered in the West Church, on Sunday, the 25th of September How by other death, as well as his, we are redeemed! As by that of the great war President twenty years ago, so may it be by that of our President in peace now. Garfield was like Lincoln in his humble origin, early struggles, extraordinary compass through all grades of the highest office; in his pure, honest, simple, patriotic, and pious character, and in the assassination, too, that tracked the discharge of his duty, as he understood it in his place; victims, both, and atoning sacrifices on their country's altar: for however awful the murderous guilt, the nation needed, and could not, in the supreme counsels, have done without the blood. How that of Lincoln cemented and fortified the land! After it was shed, foreign intervention became at once how impossible! One sign or motion of that arrogance would have stirred the American people to a sacred fury then, after the funeral of their chief, transcending even the white heat of the French Revolution. Lincoln's fall unhorsed Louis Napoleon from his transatlantic plans, and checked in Laird's ship-yard the building of privateers, and sounded the knell of doom on the rebel heart. No more surely did the salvation of the world succeed the crucifixion of Jesus, than did our political deliverance the expiring of our commander and head, shepherd of these then dis-United States: that marvel of country-loving zeal and divine patience; of a poet's imagination and a hero's hand; robbing Moses of his catechism title of "the meekest of men," for he slew no Egyptian or American, only was himself slain. 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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