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Collection Reference Number GLC05508.008
From Archive Folder Collection of documents relating to religion and spirituality 1861-1944 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton regarding churches in Port Royal, S.C.
Date 29 September 1862
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description A two-page petition regarding churches in Port Royal, S.C., occupies recto and verso of first leaf. Lincoln's note appears on verso of second leaf. Lincoln writes about the danger of conflict among different religious denominations in their ministry to the colored people in Port-Royal. He suggests that the churches not have interference from others, hoping that "a real Christian charity and forbearance on the part of all" will eliminate the discord.
Subjects Religion  President  African American History  Christianity  Freemen  Lincoln's Cabinet  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Stanton, E. M. (Edwin McMasters) (1814-1869)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme African Americans; Religion; The Presidency
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Note: Lincoln's endorsement is published in Basler 5: 445-446. Peck represented the interests of the Baptist Home Mission Society. The society asked that ministers and churches operating in Port Royal be freed from restrictions imposed by the military. No reply from Stanton is known to exist. On 4 March 1864, Lincoln would firmly state his opinion regarding the separation of Church and State: "The U.S. Government must not undertake to run the churches" (See GLC 4813).
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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