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“Resolved, That it be recommended to those counties, which have not yet prepared petitions, to be presented to the general assembly, against the engros...”

Semple, Robert Baylor. History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia. 1810.


Nothing is beyond God’s comprehension (1860)

Thou art the truth, the life. Thou, Lord, wilt see To every question that perplexes me. I am thy being; and my dignity I...



Death of St. Maximus the Confessor, who had been a vigorous opponent of Monothelitism. Dreadfully persecuted, he had been humiliated, had his tongue cut out and his right hand chopped off. Monothelitism was the heresy that Christ had a divine, but no human, will.

Authority for the date: Chapman, John. “St. Maximus of Constantinople.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 19


Manteo becomes the first Native American baptized as a Protestant, taking the baptismal name Jack Straw. Sir Walter Raleigh will also name him Baron of Roanoke and Dasamongueponke.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


John Witherspoon assumes the presidency of Nassau Hall (i.e. the original Princeton).

Authority for the date: Charles A. Goodrich. Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence. New York: William Reed & Co., 185


Death of Tikhon of Zadonsk, a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, notable for his spiritual writings that stressed love and forgiveness. “Do we forgive our neighbors their trespasses? God also forgives us in His mercy. Do we refuse to forgive? God, too, will refuse to forgive us. As we treat our neighbors, so also does God treat us.”

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Martin John Spalding is ordained in Rome. He will become bishop of Louisville, Kentucky, where he will work tirelessly to expand the Roman Catholic Church, and will found the American College at Louvain.

Authority for the date: O’Donovan, Louis. “Martin John Spalding.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Co


Ganga Narayan Sil, a learned convert from Hinduism, preaches his final sermon. Although never formally ordained, he had preached in streets and in chapels, winning Hindus and Muslims to Christ.

Authority for the date: Carey, W.H. Oriental Christian Biography. Calcutta: J. Thomas, 1850.


Missionary James Stewart arrives in Cape Town, South Africa. He will found the Lovedale Center.

Authority for the date: Davies, Horton. Great South African Christians. Cape Town, New York, Oxford University Press, 1951.


Death of Elizabeth Prentiss, a school teacher who had written the hymn “More Love to Thee, O Christ.”

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Ira D. Sankey. He had been Dwight L. Moody’s song evangelist for three decades, and had penned many hymn tunes, including the tunes to which “Faith is the Victory” and “Simply Trusting Every Day” are sung.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


The Guardian reports charges by a Brazilian prosecutor that Edir Macedo and ten associate leaders in the eight-million-member Universal Kingdom of God, siphoned billions of dollars of charitable contributions on lavish personal expenses.

Authority for the date: Tom Phillips. “Brazilian evangelical leader charged with fraud.” The Guardian

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