In the Hands of A Good Providence
Religion in the Life of George Washington. By Mary V. Thompson. ISBN 978-0-8139-2763-3. Copyright 2008. Hardcover with 264 pages and ten black and white illustrations.
Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian at George Washington's Mount Vernon, endeavors to get beyond the current preoccupation with whether Washington and other founders were or were not evangelical Christians to ask what place religion had in their lives. Thompson follows Washington and his family over several generations, situating her inquiry in the context of new work on the place of religion in colonial and post-revolutionary Virginia and the Chesapeake.
Thompson considers Washington's active participation as a vestryman and churchwarden as well as a generous donor to his parish prior to the Revolution, and how his attendance declined after the war. He would attend special ceremonies and stood as godparent to the children of family and friends, but he stopped taking communion and resigned from his church office. Something had changed, but was it Washington, the church, or both?
A Mount Vernon bookplate, signed by the author, is included with your purchase.