On the 16th of October…

On October 16, 1758, Noah Webster was born. His dictionary of American English helped codify distinctly American spellings, and was filled with Biblical illustration. In his 1828 dictionary, he wrote in the preface, “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed… No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

On October 16, 1555, Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake by the Church of England for being too Protestant. Latimer’s last words to Ridley are words to hide in your heart for the day you are martyred: “Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England, as I trust never shall be put out.”

Ezra and The Farmer


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Rusty on October 16, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Did you know Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary is online?


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