American Minute with Bill Federer
The British invaded Washington, D.C. The Capitol was burned. President James and Dolly Madison fled the White House.
On SEPTEMBER 1, 1814, President Madison wrote:
The enemy by a sudden incursion has succeeded in invading the capitol of the nation… During their possession…though for a single day only, they wantonly destroyed the public edifices… An occasion which appeals so forcibly to the…patriotic devotion of the American people, none will forget.
James Madison continued:
Independence…is now to be maintained…with the strength and resources which…Heaven has blessed.
Less than 3 months later, November 1814, President Madison wrote:
The two Houses of the National Legislature having by a joint resolution expressed their desire that in the present time of public calamity and war a day may be recommended to be observed by the people of the United States as a day of public humiliation and fasting and of prayer to Almighty God for the safety and welfare of these States, His blessing on their arms, and a speedy restoration of peace.
James Madison ended:
I have deemed it proper…to recommend…a day of…humble adoration to the Great Sovereign of the Universe.
The Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.