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Formal request that the President declare a national day for fasting and prayer.
letter, McIlvaine, Buchanan, president
McIlvaine, Charles Pettit, "Letter to President James Buchanan" (1860). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 73.
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 [?].
Charl. P. McIlvaine-