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Lost Episodes: A Forefather’s Devotion

Dr. Benjamin Rush was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the most prominent Founders. He was a physician, writer, humanitarian and educator, founding Dickinson College. Dr. Rush was also a devoted follower of Christ and pursued the example Jesus set in John 9:4: “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”

On August 5, 1801, Dr. Rush wrote to John Montgomery about a pastor who reflected such all-out dedication, which he desired to emulate:

“’I was ashamed to take rest here,’ said good Dr. Finley on his deathbed. ‘Eternity will be long enough to rest in.’ The prayer of my heart is that I may be actuated by the same spirit which dictated those noble and Christian sentiments.”*

Dr. Benjamin Rush’s Christian devotion is another lost episode in American history.

*Source Citation: Benjamin Rush to John Montgomery on August 5, 1801 as found in Letters of Benjamin Rush, L. H. Butterfield, ed., 2 vols., (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1951), 2:836-37.

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