Saturday, April 25, 2009

Common Language in Early USA - Christian Roots

Previous posts have shown that most of the writings of our Founding Fathers contained quotes or ideas from the Bible. But even more than that, references to Christianity are found in many official government documents. Here are a couple examples, with boldface added.

Senate Journal --MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1798

Witness, the Honorable Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, Vice President of the United States of America, and President of the Senate thereof, at the city of Philadelphia, the first day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, and of the Independence of the United States the twenty-second.

(Found at Library of Congress)

Bill Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, 1808

Read the first and second time, and referred to a committee of the whole House, to-morrow. A Bill, To explain the act, entitled ''An act to prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States, from and after the first day of January, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eight.

(Found at Library of Congress)

Treaty with Japan, 1854

Mr. Mason, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom was referred, the 13th instant, the treaty between the United States of America and the Empire of Japan, done at Kanagawa, the 31st day of March, in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ 1854, and of Kayei the 7th year, 3d month, and 3d day, reported it without amendment.

(Found at Libray of Congress)

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