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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Railroad Depot Speech for Unitarian Coalition [Christian unity and tolerance]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06965 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 27 May 1845 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Fellow Citizens - Christians, Brethren and Sisters." Adams's hope for unity among all Christians; he even quotes an unnamed Roman Catholic poet at the beginning. While describing dissenssions between denominations in various countries, Adams suddenly stops and asks instead for people to pray for those who fight each other. He calls upon his listeners "Let us teach them by the example of harmony among ourselves, how good and how pleasant a thing it is for brethren (and sisters) to dwell together in unity...when they shall have found...harmony among themselves, we shall be ready and rejoiced to receive them, discarding all points of doctrinal dissent...."

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: President, Religion, Christianity, Catholicism, Poetry, Presidential Speeches & Proclamations

Sub Era: Age of Jackson