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It Happened Today: Jeremy Taylor Went to Bed with Fever (1667)

Did his books of spiritual counsel guide him in his darkest hours?

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The King's Palace

Devotional (2016 church year): We need clean hearts

Create in me a clean heart, O God —Psalm 51:10 (KJV).

If I am to give my...

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Death of Bishop L. H. Holsey in Atlanta, Ga. He had been one of the first bishops of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.

Authority for the date:

Phillips, C. H. The History of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America.


Leo Tolstoy, Russia’s famous novelist, enters pantheistic and anti-trinitarian sentiments into his diary that are contrary to his nation’s Orthodox Church: “I say that the God who created the world in six days and who sent His son, and also his son himself, are not God, but that God is the one existing, incomparable good, the beginning of everything . . . ”

Authority for the date:

Townsend, James. “The Theology of Leo Tolstoy.” Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society 11 (Spring 199


Death in London of Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliott, hymnwriter. “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne” will be her best known hymn.

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Lord Shaftesbury, a notable British philanthropist, lays foundations for a new housing project for the poor. Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography.

Henry Williams arrives in New Zealand where he will become head of the Church of England’s mission.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Samuel Seabury, having obtained ordination in Scotland, is publicly recognized as Bishop of Connecticut in a convocation at Middletown, Connecticut. He thus becomes the United States’ first Anglican bishop (soon reorganized as the Episcopal Church).

Authority for the date:

Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.


An order of the French parliament is published throughout Paris to the sound of trumpets, commanding all booksellers, printers, and others with Luther’s books in their possession, to give them up within eight days or face imprisonment and fine.

Authority for the date:

Baird, Henry Martyn. The Rise of the Huguenots.


Friday at dawn the Santa María and its companion caravels commence the historic voyage which will bring Europeans to America. The expedition’s leader, Christopher Columbus, has both missionary and trade ambitions.

Authority for the date:

Johnson, Rossiter, Editor-in-Chief. The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 8.


Pope Sixtus IV issues the bull Salvator noster, which claims to extend indulgences to cover purgatory and to allow the merits of the saints, Mary, and Christ to become effective for those suffering there: “The souls, that is, for whose sakes the stated quantity or value of money has been paid in the manner declared.” Many Catholic theologians protest, noting especially the potential for financial abuse.

Authority for the date:

British Library. Incunabula Short Title Catalogue.