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This sermon was peached in the memory of General Marquis de Lafayette who passed away on May 20, 1834. Lafayette was one of the most beloved figures in America at that time and well-remembered for his valiant efforts during the American War for Independence where he severed under Gen. George Washington. Lafayette had returned to America in 1824 and toured the nation for the first time since the end of the Revolution, finally getting the opportunity to experience the nation he had helped to create. His death was mourned by millions on both sides of the Atlantic and even today he remains a major figure in the histories of early America.

Nathaniel Frothingham was a Unitarian minister who lived from 1793 to 1870. After graduating from Harvard, he pastored the First Church in Boston for 35 years where he engaged in many debates concerning theology, transcendentalism, and philosophy.

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