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Lost Episode for September 18

Signer of the United States Constitution John Langdon died on September 18, 1819. A sixth generation American, Langdon supplied arms and money during the War for Independence and fought as a colonel in the militia as well. He served as a U.S. Senator (1789-1801), and Governor of New Hampshire (1805-08 and 1810-11).

John Langdon was one of the founders and the first President of the New Hampshire Bible Society, whose goal was to place a Bible into every home in New Hampshire. As Governor, Langdon made Proclamations calling for thanksgiving and for fasting and prayer. On October, 10, 1805, he issued a Proclamation, declaring:

“I… appoint… a day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer throughout the state, hereby exhorting the people of all sects and denominations to assemble with their pastors and religious teachers, at their respective places of public worship on that day, and devote a reasonable part thereof in praising and adoring Almighty God, and in offering up our thanks to Him as the great author of every good and perfect gift [James 1:17], for the many favors that he has been pleased to bestow upon us as individuals during the past year…”*

The actions of this Signer of the Constitution to promote Biblical faith in public life are another lost episode in American history.

Read and reflect: Read James 1:17 and reflect on the Providential goodness of God and compare that with Governor Langdon’s proclamation.

Prayer: Gracious Father, we praise you that every we praise you for every good and perfect gift that comes from your hand. Like this Founding Father, teach us to be thankful for your Providence, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

*Source Citation: Edwin D Sanborn, History of New Hampshire: From Its First Discovery to the Year 1830; with Dissertations Upon The Rise Of Opinions And Institutions The Growth Of Agriculture And Manufactures And The Influence Of Leading Families And Distinguished Men To The Year 1874 ( Manchester, NH: John B. Clarke, 1875). See the original Proclamation at http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=17936.

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