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Formal request that the President declare a national day for fasting and prayer.

ISBN

KMcI 601207

Date

12-7-1860

Keywords

letter, McIlvaine, Buchanan, president

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Cincinnati, Dec. 7. 1860

To His Excellency

The President of the United States-

The undenyed, Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Ohio, deeply [?] [preferred] with the danger of the present crisis in our national affairs. & our imminent need of divine protection, guidance & [?], [would] very respectfully suggest that it would be a most reasonable act on the part of our Chief Magistrate & we would c[?] people of all denominations in the land, would welcome, of you would accustomed more day, not for d[?]. & the observed as a day of general fasting [humiliation] & prayer, that God, in his infinite mercy, may [interpret] his wisdom & power for the deliverance of the country, & the preservation [?] [?] of the blessings we have so largely & unearthly enjoyed.

[Meeting] you will [pardon] the which I have taken, & praying that your last days of office may not be afflicted with the sight of men Union deployed. I [?].

Very respectfully

Your friend

Charl. P. McIlvaine-

Letter to President James Buchanan

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