A Semi-centennial Address Delivered in the Universalist Church, Salem, Mass., Thursday, August 4, 1859: On the Occasion of Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church and the Installation of Rev. Edward Turner, Both of which Took Place June 22, 1809

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Register Press, 1859 - Salem (Mass.) - 84 pages
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This semi-centennial address delivered in the Universalist Church, Salem, Massachusetts in 1859 is an important historical work that will entertain and engross casual and serious historians and scholars and gossips alike. The work documents, the whole of social relations of an era from approximately 1800 to 1859. In this work you can find the names of citizens, their financial dealings, their perspectives on their fellow citizens, and their aspirations.
For me, this work is a treasures trove that links names and families to the founding of the First Universalist Society of Salem, FUSS, of 2011. This work documents the people who founded the Society and their ideals which are very much the same ideals of FUSS 2011. This document shows everything from the founders’ financial contributions to facilitate their ideals, the cost of construction, their evaluations of their leaders for the first fifty years, and their perspective on their place in history. This work can be mined for years and yield great insight to an era and an institution, the First Universalist Society of Salem, FUSS.
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Page 50 - Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints; who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name ? for thou only art holy ; for all nations shall come and worship before thee ; for thy judgments are made manifest.
Page 32 - I give it, and to thy seed ; and thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south ; and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Page 33 - They shall come with weeping and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble; for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
Page 33 - Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth...
Page 33 - Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt ; but, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them ; and they shall dwell in their own land.
Page 35 - Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
Page 61 - A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation : I the Lord will hasten it in his time.
Page 35 - For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and from the one end of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
Page 50 - All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
Page 75 - At that dead hour the silent asp shall creep, If aught of rest I find, upon my sleep ; Or some swoln serpent twist his scales around, And wake to anguish with a burning wound. Thrice happy they, the wise contented poor, From lust of wealth and dread of death secure ! They tempt no deserts, and no griefs they find ; Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind. Sad was the hour, and luckless was the day, When first from Schiraz...

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