The original design, was merely to guard a beloved child and intimate friend, against any skeptical doubts that might have been produced, by the many conversations that daily took place, when that book was first handed about in this city. Advertisement - story continues below It was, at first, designed to be confined within the limits of a few page. Soon after, having occasion to review the subject, it opened itself in such a manner, that before I was aware of it, the bulk increased to a manuscript of a considerable size. It is written out of an anxious desire that our country should be preserved from the dreadful evil of becoming enemies to the religion of the Gospel, which I have no doubt would lead to the dissolution of government and the bonds of civil society. What the author principally hopes for, is, to persuade current and future generations, and those who are but beginning to doubt or waver, to make the divine Scriptures their serious and attentive study ; and seek to understand the principles of the Gospel, before they pretend to judge of them, or to renounce them as untrue, or of but trifling importance. Thus they would do in any other science, and they cannot reasonably adopt a different practice in religion.
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Over the next twenty years, they had nine children. Of the others, only the younger Elias and his siblings Annis , Mary, and Elisha reached adulthood. Annis became one of the first published women poets in the Thirteen Colonies , and her work appeared in leading newspapers and magazines.
After studying and being tutored at home, Elias Boudinot went to Princeton, New Jersey to read the law as a legal apprentice to Richard Stockton. Richard Stockton was later a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. Career[ edit ] In , Boudinot was admitted to the bar, and began his practice in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Now held by Princeton University , these provide significant insight into the events of the Revolutionary era. Hannah died a few years after their move, and Elias lived there for the remainder of his years.
Later career[ edit ] In his later years, Boudinot invested and speculated in land. He owned large tracts in Ohio including most of Green Township in what is now the western suburbs of Cincinnati , where there is a street bearing his surname.
He was buried in the churchyard of St. As the revolution drew near, he aligned with the Whigs , and was elected to the New Jersey provincial assembly in In the early stages of the Revolutionary War , he was active in promoting enlistment; several times he loaned money to field commanders to purchase supplies.
Boudinot helped support the activities of rebel spies. On May 5, , General George Washington asked Boudinot to be appointed as commissary general for prisoners.
Congress through the board of war concurred. Boudinot was commissioned as a colonel in the Continental Army for this work. He served until July , when competing responsibilities forced him to resign. The commissary managed enemy prisoners, and also was responsible for supplying American prisoners who were held by the British.
His duties as Commissary prevented his attendance, so in May he resigned. By early July he had been replaced and attended his first meeting of the Congress on July 7, As a delegate, he still continued his concerns for the welfare of prisoners of war. His first term ended that year. In , Boudinot returned to the Congress, for a term lasting through In November , he was elected as President of the Continental Congress for a one-year term.
The President of Congress was a mostly ceremonial position with no real authority, but the office did require him to handle a good deal of correspondence and sign official documents. He was elected to the second and third congresses as well, where he generally supported the administration. He refused to join the expansion of affiliated groups that formed formal political parties. In , he declined to serve another term, and left Congress in early In October , President George Washington appointed him as Director of the United States Mint , a position he held through succeeding administrations until he retired in Later public service[ edit ] In addition to serving in political office, Elias supported many civic, religious, and educational causes during his life.
Boudinot served as one of the trustees of the College of New Jersey later Princeton University for nearly half a century, from until On September 24, , the House of Representatives voted to recommend the First Amendment of the newly drafted Constitution to the states for ratification. The next day, Congressman Boudinot proposed that the House and Senate jointly request of President Washington to proclaim a day of thanksgiving for "the many signal favors of Almighty God.
He was one of the founders of the American Bible Society , and after served as its President. He argued for the rights of black and American Indian citizens, and sponsored students to the Board School for Indians in Connecticut.
One of these, a young Cherokee named Gallegina Uwatie, also known as Buck Watie, stayed with him in Burlington on his way to the school. Legacy and honors[ edit ] Princeton University Library holds the Boudinot-Stockton papers, as well as many family possessions and portraits.
The Age of Revelation by Elias Boudinot
Paine is considered to be an American Founding Father, and yet, unlike Paine, Boudinot actually served in a civil capacity in the United States that included work on the Constitution. Boudinot is a true American Founding Father. Paine had no role in the founding conventions of America and their documents. A great deal of thought and humility went into the well-argued reply.
Over the next twenty years, they had nine children. Of the others, only the younger Elias and his siblings Annis , Mary, and Elisha reached adulthood. Annis became one of the first published women poets in the Thirteen Colonies , and her work appeared in leading newspapers and magazines. After studying and being tutored at home, Elias Boudinot went to Princeton, New Jersey to read the law as a legal apprentice to Richard Stockton.
ELIAS BOUDINOT THE AGE OF REVELATION PDF
Introduction by Belcher Foundation. Copyright by Belcher Foundation. All rights reserved. By Elias Boudinot, L. This is a certain fact, and not only reasonable in itself, but consistent with the nature of the subject.