Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Prophetic Words. The Impression Made by a Sermon on the Mind of Abraham LINCOLN.Date: September 14 1889
Newspaper published in: St. Louis, Mo.
Chicago, September 14.
A dispatch from Lewiston, Ill., says: The Rev. Dr. HANEY, a pioneer Methodist minister of Canton, Ill., told this reminiscence of Abraham LINCOLN:
"The Rev. Peter AKERS, an eloquent pioneer Methodist, held a meeting near Springfield some years before the war, and one day Abraham LINCOLN and several other attorneys of Springfield drove out to it. Father AKERS spoke that day on the "Sin of Slavery," and prophesied that in a few years God would wipe out this crime of crimes in blood. The sermon was generally regarded as the mouthings of a blatant abolitionist, and in returning home the lawyers laughed and joked about it. LINCOLN, however, remained silent and grave. Noticing his unusual conduct his companions rallied him by asking, "What do you think of Bro. AKER's sermon?"
Mr. LINCOLN replied as follows: "Well, I confess that I have never before been so deeply impressed by human utterance. I have never thought we should have war over slavery or any other question. But those utterances today seemed to come from far beyond the preacher. They came to me as a real and awful prophecy. More astonishing than all, and you may laugh at your will, I seemed to be thrilled in my very soul with the conviction that I am in some way to have a tremendous responsibility in that coming and awful war."