By President Abraham Lincoln.
ONE METHODIST VOL. 4 NO. 2 October 2001

Delievered in May of 1864.

A little background is in order. During the War of 1812, the British had command of the Chesapeake Bay. Tangier Island, being a central island of that Bay, became their base of operations. A Methodist pastor on Tangier, the Rev. Joshua Thomas, took no little risk in preaching the Gospel to these enemy soldiers. Because he had shown himself a true soldier of the Cross, he was allowed to address the British soldiers before they sailed north to attack Baltimore. Something to keep in mind was that the British had been totally triumphant over the Americans thus far in the war. Washington, D.C. had been burned. There was certainly no reason for optimism as Britain's finest moved again to attack America's feeble forces. -The Editor One Methodist.

In May of 1864 a representative of the Methodist Church Called on the White House to arrange for a meeting with Abraham Lincoln in the White House, of his church's Bishops and a large delegation who were then meeting in Philadelphia. They wished to present President Lincoln with an address a copy of which he turned over to Lincoln's personal secretary John Nicolay. Nicolay presented it to the President who indicated he would use it in preparing his response to the delegation when they arrived for the meeting which was set for the next day. On May 18, 1864, the delegation arrived led by Bishop Edward Ames from Ohio and the Reverend Dr. Joseph Cummings, the President of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. When they were all ushered in they were presented to the President by the Secretary of State William H. Seward. In his response, it became obvious that he was responding directly to the address the church delegation had prepared for presentation to him. Many of the delegation members were surprised at that since they were not aware of the events which transpired the day before. He read to them the reply which he had prepared. It read:


In response to your address, allow me to attest the accuracy of its historical statements; endorse the sentiments it expresses; and thank you, in the nation's name for the sure promise it gives. Nobly sustained as the government has been by all the churches, I would utter nothing which might, in the least, appear invidious against any. Yet, without this, it may fairly be said that the Methodist Episcopal Church, not less devoted than the best, is, by its greater numbers, the most important of all.

It is no fault in others that the Methodist Church sends more soldiers to the field, more nurses to the hospital, and more prayers to Heaven than any. God bless the Methodist Church - bless all the churches - and blessed be to God, who, in this our great trial, giveth us the churches.

May 18, 1864
A. Lincoln


I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.
--Martin Luther (1483-1546)

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