George Washington, His Adult Nephew Witnesses Kneeling and Daily Prayer
Mr. Robert Lewis, was the adult nephew of George Washington, and employed by him at Fredericksburg, VA.
He Witnesses: During Washington's first term as President of USA.
George Washington being president at this time, and
> Kneeling to pray, and
> Kneeling to read the Bible,
is a tremendous statement of Washington's Devotion to God and His Word.
No doubt this led to Washington (a) writing over 100 prayers during his lifetime, (b) quoting over 200 scriptures in his letters, and (c) devising over 300 Scriptural titles for God.
Amazing for breadth of understanding and knowledge of God.
Jared Sparks began working on a great work soon after George Washington died. Sparks personally read Washington's Letters and Diaries, and talked to many friends, peers, and family members of Washington such as Robert Lewis his presidential secretary, comprised a "12 Volume Collection of Writings of George Washington in 1836. He talked to Mr. Lewis in 1827.
Mr. Sparks record Mr. Lewis's testimony as follows:
"... told to me by Mr. Robert Lewis, at Fredericksburg, in the Year 1827. Being a nephew of Washington, and his private secretary during the first part of his presidency, Mr. Lewis lived with him on terms of intimacy, and had the best opportunity for observing his habits.
Mr. Lewis said he had accidentally witnessed his private devotions in his library both morning and evening;
that on those occasions he had seen him in a kneeling posture with a Bible open before him, and that he believed such to have been his daily practice.
Mr. Lewis is since dead, but he was a gentleman esteemed for his private worth and respectability. I relate the anecdote as he told it to me, understanding at the time that he was willing it should be made public on his authority.
He added, that it was the President's custom to go to his library in the morning at four o'clock, and that, after his devotions, he usually spent his time till breakfast in writing letters."
[SOURCE: Rev. Jared Sparks in Writings of George Washington 12:407 in ~1836].
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