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Number 089
Eye of Providence
June 19, 2003

Dear Friends,

And speaking of the
"Eye of Providence"...

George Washington was no stranger to it.

The first such incident happened in 1755
at the Battle of the Monongahela
during French and Indian War...

and is commonly referred to as,
"The Bulletproof George Washington".

"During the two-hour battle,
the 23 year-old Colonel Washington had ridden to and fro on the battlefield,
delivering the general's orders to other officers and troops.

The officers had been a special target for the Indians.
Of the eighty-six British and American officers,
sixty-three were casualties.

Washington was the only officer on horseback not shot down.

Following the battle,
Washington wrote a letter to his brother
in which he readily and openly acknowledged:

"By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence,
I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation;
for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me,
yet [I] escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!"

Fifteen years later,
an old, respected Indian chief sought out Washington.
The chief, explaining that he had led the Indians against them
in the battle fifteen years earlier, revealed to Washington
what had occurred behind the scenes during the conflict:

"I called to my young men and said, mark yon tall and daring warrior [Washington]?
...Himself is alone exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies.
Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for you, knew not how to miss--
'twas all in vain, a power mightier far than we shielded you.

Seeing you were under the special guardianship of the Great Spirit,
we immediately ceased to fire at you...
I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite
of Heaven, and who can never die in battle."

This account of God's miraculous care of Washington and of Washington's open gratitude
for God's Divine intervention could be found in virtually all student textbooks until 1934;
today, few have ever heard it.
Through The Bulletproof George Washington some of our lost history
is being returned to the forefront where it belongs!

(This work includes many of the original illustrations used in the early texts).
After reading this account you will have a greater appreciation
for the Father of our Country and a profound awe of the manner in which God
sovereignly preserved him for the important task of helping bring forth,
guide, and establish this great nation.

To read more about
The Bulletproof George Washington.

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The second incident,
is George Washington's Prayer
and subsequent Vision at Valley Forge.

This is the famous
"Prayer at Valley Forge"
painted by Arnold Friberg
for the Nation's Bicentennial in 1976

It was on special display at the State Capital
in Salt Lake City during my extended stay.

I mentioned it to a friend and he said,
"Oh I know Arnold..."

So the call was made,
but Arnold now in his 80's said,
he'd been sick for several weeks
and was still recuperating
so we didn't get to visit.

While there can be no doubt,
Washington offered a Prayer at Valley Forge...

"According to the record, two eyewitnesses
(General Henry Knox and the man with whom Washington was quartered at Valley Forge, Isaac Potts)
tell of the General retiring to a quiet grove where he could be alone to seek the help of God.13
But this man of great faith was not motivated to pray at Valley Forge
simply because of the horrors of that winter.
Washington prayed at Valley Forge in large part because it was his habit to pray.
As his grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, later wrote,
"Throughout the war, as it was understood in his military family,
he gave a part of every day to private prayer and devotion."14
George Washington prayed from the time of his youth,
and he apparently continued that practice throughout his life.15

His prayers at Valley Forge,
then, were but one strand in a lifetime of devotion."

For more information on Washington's Prayer
and the Arnold Friberg painting...

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scholars doubt the authenticity of the subsequent
"Vision of George Washington"
and I offer it here on that basis.

"The father of our country,
George Washington, was a man of prayer.
Many of us have read of how he went to the thicket many times
to pray during the winter his army was at Valley Forge.

little publicity has been give to the vision
and prophecy he received at that time.

The account of this vision was given in 1859 by an old soldier.
He gave it to a writer, Wesley Bradshaw, who published it.

In the vision God revealed to George Washington
that three great perils would come upon the republic.
He was given to know that America was going through the first peril at that time.
The old soldier who told the story of the vision
said the nation would soon see the account verified
by the second peril descending upon the land.

We give the account here as printed in the U.S. war veterans paper
The National Tribune, in December 1880.
The National Tribune became, "The Stars and Stripes",
and this article was later reprinted in that publication."

For the full text...

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But there can be no doubt of Washington's
Faith and Trust in Spirit as he acknowledged
in his first Official Act
during his Inaugural Address.

"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand
which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.
Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation
seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency..."

He goes on to say...

"Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons,
repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act
my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe,
who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect,
that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States
a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes,
and may enable every instrument employed in its administration
to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge.

In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good,
I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own,
nor those of my fellow-citizens at large less than either.
No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand
which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.
Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation
seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency;
and in the important revolution just accomplished in the system
of their united government the tranquil deliberations
and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event
has resulted can not be compared with the means by which most governments
have been established without some return of pious gratitude,
along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings
which the past seem to presage.

These reflections, arising out of the present crisis,
have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed.
You will join with me, I trust, in thinking that there are none under the influence
of which the proceedings of a new and free government can more auspiciously commence.

And then he continues...

"I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my country can inspire,
since there is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy
and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness;
between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy
and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity;
since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven
can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules
of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained;
and since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny
of the republican model of government are justly considered,
perhaps, as deeply, as finally,
staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people."

And once again in his closing statement...

"Having thus imparted to you my sentiments as they have been awakened
by the occasion which brings us together,
I shall take my present leave;
but not without resorting once more to the benign Parent of the Human Race
in humble supplication that, since He has been pleased to favor the American people
with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquillity,
and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity
on a form of government for the security of their union
and the advancement of their happiness,
so His divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views,
the temperate consultations,
and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend."

...which pretty much covers that.

For the Full text of the Address...

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So, in closing...
what does the sign in front of the painting say???

George Washington died December 14, 1799
less than three years after leaving office.

At this point,
it is interesting to note
my mother is a Coryell,
and it was her ansestor Emmanuael Coryell who owned
Coryell's Ferry where Washington crossed the Delaware River.

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It was his son George Coryell,
who threw in his glove and was the last surviver of
the 6 pall bearers at Washington's Funeral.

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I rest my case...

Warmest Regards,


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