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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of documents relating to religion and spirituality 1861-1944
|Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton regarding churches in Port Royal, S.C.
|29 September 1862
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
|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.
|Religion President African American History Christianity Freemen Lincoln's Cabinet
|Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Stanton, E. M. (Edwin McMasters) (1814-1869)
|African Americans; Religion; The Presidency
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|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).
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945