Christianity and the American Commonwealth, The Influence of Christianity in Making This Nation, by Methodist Bishop Charles B. Galloway, 1899, pages 154-155.
Education in Maryland and The Carolinas
In Maryland and the Carolinas early legislative efforts were made “to establish schools for the convenient instruction of youth,” and taxes were levied for their maintenance. The first constitution of Georgia provided that every county should “establish and keep a school at the public expense.”
The preamble of the act establishing the first free school in Charleston, S. C., set forth “the necessity that a free school be erected for the instruction of youth in grammar and other arts and sciences, and also Christian religion; and that several well-disposed Christians, by their last will, had given several sums of money for the founding of a free school.” It was provided, also, that the teacher “should be of the religion of the Church of England, and capable of teaching the Latin and Greek languages.” Instructors were legally enjoined to see that the children “receive in their tender years that sense of religion which may render it the constant principle of their lives and actions.”
RELIGIOUS CHARACTER OF THE EARLY COLONISTS. EMIGRANTS FROM GERMANY.
About 2700 “Palatines,” as they were called, who had sought refuge in England, were sent out by the British government under Colonel Hunter in 1710, when that officer was transferred from the governorship of Virginia to that of New-York; and German settlements were formed about that time, and some years following, on the “German Flats,” and in some other parts of the latter province. (Page 80).
Robert Baird, Religion in America: Or, An Account of the Origin, Progress, Relation to the State, and Present Condition of the Evangelical Churches in the United States, Published 1844.
The following order presents the character of a Christian superior to that of a patriot or soldier:
Head-Quarters, Valley Forge, May 2, 1778.
George Washington…. To the distinguished character of a patriot it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of a Christian. The signal instances of providential goodness which we have experienced, and which have almost crowned our arms with complete success, demand from us, in a peculiar manner, the warmest returns of gratitude and piety to the Supreme Author of all good.
“Truly God is with us, and, though the way be dark and dreary, I will believe he will carry us through safely at last.”
In a general order, July, 1776, Washington says,
The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of the army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance or the most abject submission.
Let us, then, rely on the goodness of our cause and the aid of the Supreme Being in whose hands victory is, to animate and encourage us to noble action.
Rev. Benjamin F. Morris’ 1864 book The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States. Purchase it from American Vision.