Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The First Prayer in the United States Congress

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The First Prayer in the United States Congress


Dave Trowbridge said...

You might be interested to know that Duche defected to the British in 1777. Here is his letter to George Washington, imploring him to surrender to the British.

Hercules Mulligan said...

Yes, Mr. Trowbridge, I am familiar with this letter by Duche.

It seems that Mr. Duche, being a devoted Anglican (which denomination viewed the English King the same way the Catholics viewed the Pope) had less conviction in the righteousness of the American cause than did the Founders, most of whom were Bible-believers. The Anglican creed as far is the King is concerned is not biblical. The Revolution, on the other hand, was biblically justified.

Strangely enough, after the Revolution ended successfully for the Americans, Duche wrote again to Washington and to Congress admitting his error and asking for pardon, which was granted him. He returned to the United States and spent his remaining years here.

chlund1977 said...

My name is Chris Lund - I'm a law professor at Mississippi College Law School, and interested in Duche and the origin of legislative prayer. I was really impressed by your posts, and had some questions about sources and the like. Could we talk? My phone is 601.925.7141 and my email is lund@mc.edu.


Mrs Mecomber said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Good post. Herk!!!

Hercules Mulligan said...
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polident said...

Thanks, used with hot link.
You have a very fine site. Keep your powder dry, friend.


Hercules Mulligan said...

Hello, Polident. Welcome to my blog (which will be moving soon, I'll keep you posted). Thanks for leaving your kind words, and your link. I'll check it out.

As for my powder, I'm doing my best. Keep yours dry, also, my friend. I think we are going to need it more than ever.

Thanks again.