When I was taught American history throughout grade school, Abraham Lincoln was one of my favorite people to learn about. Since his birthday is around the corner, I think this is the perfect time to share what I have learned about situations surrounding the conspiracy that led to his assassination. I, like so many other Americans, was always told the conspiracy to assassinate one of our best Presidents was because of anger over the South losing the Civil War. However, my research shows Lincoln’s assassination was about much more than that.
This story begins with a Roman Catholic priest, a French Canadian named Charles Chiniquy. In October 1851, Chiniquy met with the Roman Catholic Bishop of Chicago named Vandeveld who commissioned him to found a colony of Canadian Roman Catholic immigrants south of Chicago. Their hope was to flood the state of Illinois with so many Roman Catholics that they could “rule the government of Illinois.”1 Accompanied by six citizens of Bourbonnais, Illinois, Chiniquy chose a site in southern Kankee County, Illinois. The settlement, christened St. Anne, was founded by Chiniquy and his immigrant followers in November 1851.
However, Chiniquy became the object of jealousy from some of his priestly peers and they unleashed several plots to hinder the progress of his settlement.
The plots against him increased when his friend, Bishop Vandeveld of Chicago, resigned his post and was replaced as Bishop of Illinois by Bishop O’Regan.
O’Regan saw how beautiful Chiniquy’s 11 acres of land in St. Anne were and decided that he should have them, arguing that all land owned by priests of Rome belonged to the Church and should therefore be the property of the regional bishops.
Chiniquy refused O’Regan so O’Regan spread the word that he was looking to reassign Chiniquy to another area, but he needed some justification for the move.
An evil land speculator named Peter Spink approached O’Regan in 1855 and told him he would gladly bring Chiniquy before a criminal court for fraud and theft if O’Regan would fund the suit.
O’Regan agreed and the suit came before the Kankakee criminal court in May of that year, but Spink lost the suit. But refusing to be denied what he wanted, O’Regan encouraged Spink to bring another criminal suit against Chiniquy, and Spink lost again in November 1855.
However, Spink filed an appeal to the court in Urbana, Illinois for May 1856.2
This appeal prompted a stranger to approach Chiniquy to urge him to acquire the services of Abraham Lincoln. The stranger told him “…I am a Catholic like you, and one who, like you, cannot bear any longer the tyranny of our American bishops.
With many others, I look to you as our deliverer. …Abraham Lincoln is the best lawyer and the most honest man we have in Illinois.”3
Chiniquy asked Lincoln for his help and Lincoln agreed to work with Chiniquy’s lawyers. Along with Spink, O’Regan asked the priests Father Lebel and Father Carthuval from Chiniquy’s neighboring parishes to testify against Chiniquy because they too hated Chiniquy.
In May 1856, the trial was held and Abraham Lincoln poked holes in the lies these men told in court. All the jurors, except one, wanted to find Chiniquy “not guilty” of all charges. That one juror was an Irish Catholic who was told to vote against Chiniquy. The jury was hung because of him and the jurors were dismissed. Spink then asked the court to continue the prosecution and the court granted another trial set for October 1856.
While awaiting that trial, O’Regan made several attempts to get Chiniquy to quit his post, but Chiniquy refused. And many Catholic parishioners throughout Illinois turned against O’Regan, signing petitions and writing letters to have him removed because of his greed and drunkenness.
At the trial in October 1856, Spink and the priests Lebel and Carthuval gave every kind of damaging perjured testimony they could against Chiniquy. Lincoln was able to tear down many of their lies, but was doubtful the jury could easily dismiss enough of their testimony to find Chiniquy not guilty, so Lincoln urged Chiniquy, “The only way to be sure of a favorable verdict tomorrow is, that God Almighty would take our part and show your innocence! Go to him and pray, for He alone can save you.”4
So that night, Chiniquy prayed and cried out to God from 11 pm to 3 am. He got his breakthrough that night. Lincoln knocked on his door at 3 am and gave him good news. A witness came forward named Philomene Moffatt who related to Lincoln and gave sworn testimony that she witnessed firsthand the plot to destroy Chiniquy.
After reading the Chicago newspapers which predicted Chiniquy would surely be found guilty, Miss Moffatt took a train from Chicago to Urbana to tell everything she knew when she saw Spink and the priests concocting their schemes.
Later that day Spink dropped his suit and Lincoln gave his comments in court on how evil and upsetting the plot against Chiniquy was. With the trial over, there was much rejoicing but it was soon overshadowed by another reality.
Chiniquy knew that things would not go well for Lincoln’s future because there were several high ranking Jesuits from Chicago and St. Louis in the courtroom who were clearly enraged at the turn of events and at Lincoln putting them to open shame in a public courtroom.
Chiniquy warned Lincoln to be careful and that he feared for Lincoln’s life, to which Lincoln replied, “I know that Jesuits never forget nor forsake. But man must not care how and where he dies, provided he dies at the post of honor and duty.”5
According to Chiniquy, papal Rome had always hated the U.S. because of our Constitution and the liberties that are guaranteed by it. These liberties stand in the way of their quest for unfettered power over the masses. So the destruction of America as a democratic republic has been one of its main goals.
When Abraham Lincoln ran for President, Rome was enraged and flooded the American media with all of the negative views they could muster against their enemy Lincoln. Nevertheless, Lincoln became President in 1861.
The papacy then instituted a backup plan by urging the Southern states of the U.S. to secede and attack the North with devoted Catholic Jefferson Davis as their president.
The Pope was the only world leader at the time to recognize Jefferson Davis as leader of a legitimate government. With the papacy promising to back their efforts, General Beauregard fired the first shot of America’s Civil War on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter.
This was the papacy’s chance to rid the world of the United States, or so they thought.
Chiniquy, having connections to Rome in the 1860s even though he had surrendered his life to Christ and had become Protestant, was able to uncover several plots by the Jesuits against President Lincoln and was able to warn him.
In the meantime, the Jesuits ran a campaign of misinformation in American newspapers by saying Lincoln was born Roman Catholic and was baptized by a priest. Lincoln, of course, was never Catholic, but Chiniquy revealed to Lincoln that the reason behind the stories was that the canons of the Roman Catholic Church stated it was perfectly fine for any Catholic to murder anyone who had defected from the Catholic Church.
This was, in effect, a call for any Catholic fanatic to kill the President.
President Lincoln in his conversations with his friend Charles Chiniquy expressed how honored he was to be leader of the U.S., what a privilege it was to be able to free millions of slaves in the same way Moses led the Hebrews to freedom, how he loved the Lord Jesus and his word, and like Moses, how he knew he would not be able to see the Promised Land.
In spite of what Lincoln knew would be his impending death, Chiniquy saw that Lincoln was at peace.
After Lincoln’s assassination, Chiniquy compiled facts from the trials of the conspirators and other information to show how the Jesuits put Lincoln in their cross-hairs. The Jesuits met often at the house of Mary Surratt and were the friends and confessors of the Surratts and John Wilkes Booth, who were all Catholic. Dr. Mudd who tended to Booth’s broken leg and Richard H. Garrett, who hid Booth in his barn, were also devout Catholics.
At their trials, the conspirators admitted the Jesuits trained them not only to kill, but how to perjure themselves. It was also brought out that Jefferson Davis promised them a million dollars to kill Lincoln.
Before his death, Booth wrote: “I can never repent, though we hated to kill. Our country owed all our troubles to him [Lincoln], and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment.”6
Although the conspirators in their testimonies admitted religious reasons for their conspiracy, all mention of religion concerning the conspiracy has been erased from the history books in America.
…yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. [John 16:2]
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–
1. Chiniquy, Charles. Fifty Years in the Church of Rome. Abridged ed. Chick Publications, 1886, reprint 1985, p. 214.
2. Ibid., p. 261. 3. Ibid., p. 262. 4. Ibid., p. 275. 5. Ibid., p. 281. 6. Ibid., p. 309
The following is from reformation.org:
The Vatican HATED the U.S. before the fall of the Papal States!!
Before the fall of the Papal States in 1870, the Vatican HATED the United States and its Constitution. The U.S. was a haven for many of the refugees who fled Europe after the Revolution of 1848. Garibaldi and Gazazzi were welcomed as HEROES by the Protestant U.S. Many in the U.S. supported the liberation of Italy and contributed to its success with soldiers and money.
The Vatican NEVER forgave the U.S. for that support to the liberators.
Thank God we didn’t have the 20th Amendment when Lincoln won the election. He needed a lot of time to select patriotic and qualified men to help him save the Union. If the 25th Amendment was in force then there would be no United States today!!
Letter to the Pope from Jefferson Davis
“RICHMOND, September 23, 1863.
VERY VENERABLE SOVEREIGN PONTIFF
|“The letters which you have written to the clergy of New Orleans and New York have been communicated to me, and I have read with emotion the deep grief therein expressed for the ruin and devastation caused by the war which is now being waged by the United States against the States and people which have selected me as their President, and your orders to your clergy to exhort the people to peace and charity.
I am deeply sensible of the Christian charity which has impelled you to this reiterated appeal to the clergy.
It is for this reason that I feel it my duty to express personally, and in the name of the Confederate States, our gratitude for such sentiments of Christian good feeling and love, and to assure Your Holiness that the people, threatened even on their own hearths with the most cruel oppression and terrible carnage, is desirous now, as it has always been, to see the end of this impious war; that we have ever addressed prayers to Heaven for that issue which Your Holiness now desires; that we desire none of our enemy’s possessions, but that we fight merely to resist the devastation of our country and the shedding of our best blood, and to force them to let us live in peace under the protection of our own institutions, and under our laws, which not only insure to every one the enjoyment of his temporal rights, but also the free exercise of his religion.
I pray Your Holiness to accept, on the part of myself and the people of the Confederate States, our sincere thanks for your efforts in favor of peace. May the Lord preserve the days of Your Holiness, and keep you under His divine protection.
(Signed) “JEFFERSON DAVIS.”
The Pope’s reply
|“ILLUSTRIOUS AND HONORABLE PRESIDENT, salutation:
We have just received with all suitable welcome the persons sent by you to place in our hands your letter, dated 23d of September last.
Not slight was the pleasure we experienced when we learned, from those persons and the letter, with what feelings of joy and gratitude you were animated, illustrious and honorable President, as soon as you were informed of our letters to our venerable brother John, Archbishop of New York, and John, Archbishop of New Orleans, dated the 18th of October of last year, and in which we have with all our strength excited and exhorted those venerable brothers that, in their episcopal piety and solicitude, they should endeavor, with the most ardent zeal, and in our name, to bring about the end of the fatal civil war which has broken out in those countries, in order that the American people may obtain peace and concord, and dwell charitably together.
It is particularly agreeable to us to see that you, illustrious and honorable President, and your people, are animated with the same desires of peace and tranquility which we have in our letters inculcated upon our venerable brothers.
May it please God at the same time to make the other peoples of America and their rulers, reflecting seriously how terrible is civil war, and what calamities it engenders, listen to the inspirations of a calmer spirit, and adopt resolutely the part of peace.
As for us, we shall not cease to offer up the most fervent prayers to God Almighty, that He may pour out upon all the people of America the spirit of peace and charity, and that He will stop the great evils which afflict them.
We, at the same time, beseech the God of pity to shed abroad upon you the light of His grace, and attach you to us by a perfect friendship. ” Given at Rome, at St. Peter’s, the 3d of December, 1863, of our Pontificate 18. (Signed) “.Plus IX.”
From the book, A Memoir of Jefferson Davis in two volumes, completed by his wife Varina Davis after his death. According to that book the main hope of the Confederate States lay in the military intervention of foreign countries. This letter gave de facto recognition to the Rebellion. President Lincoln on reading it exclaimed!
“This letter of the Pope has entirely changed the nature and ground of the war.”
As king of the Papal States, the Pope was the only foreign power to do so. After this letter was published, President Lincoln was visited by a close friend (ex-priest Charles Chiniquy). Chiniquy tells us what transpired:
“My dear President I answered, it is just that letter which brought me to your presence again.
That letter is a poisoned arrow thrown by the Pope at you personally; it is your death warrant.
Before the letter, every Catholic could see that their church as a whole was against this free Republic.
However, a good number of liberty-loving Irish, German and French Catholics, following more the instincts of their noble nature than the degrading principles of their church, enrolled themselves under the banners of liberty, and have fought like heroes.
To detach these men from the rank and file of the Northern armies, and force them to help the cause of the rebellion, became the main object of the Jesuits.
Secret pressing letters were addressed from Rome to the bishops, ordering them to weaken your armies by detaching those men from you.
The bishops refused; for they would be exposing themselves as traitors and be shot.
But they advised the Pope to acknowledge, at once, the legitimacy of the Southern republic, and to take Jeff Davis under his supreme protection, by a letter, which would be read everywhere.
That letter tell every Roman Catholic that you are a bloodthirsty tyrant fighting against a government which the infallible and holy Pope of Rome recognizes as legitimate.
The Pope, by this letter, tells his blind slaves that you are outraging the God of heaven and earth, by continuing such a bloody.
By this letter of the Pope to Jeff Davis you are not only an apostate, as you were thought before, whom every man had the right to kill, according to the canonical laws of Rome: but you are more vile, criminal and cruel that the horse thief, the public bandit, and the lawless brigand, robber and murderer.
And my dear President, this is not a fancy imagination on my part, it is the unanimous explanation given me by a great number of the priests of Rome, with whom I have had occasion to speak on that subject.
In the name of God, and in the name of our dear country, which is in so much need of your services, I plead that you pay more attention to protect your precious life, and not continue to expose it as you have done till now.”
The Pope’s poison pen letter caused massive Roman Catholic desertions from the Union army
The Papal poison pen had proved more helpful to the South than if the Pope had sent whole battalions into the field:
# of enlistees
The above figures indicate that out of every 10,000 Irish enlistees —almost all Catholics —there were over 33 times as many desertions as among all the other groups put together.
(End of article)
The desertion of many Caucasian soldiers, among the army of the North is the reason why they were desperate for new recruits.
And once again they turned to the men of African descent (free and slave) to save the United States of America.
Just like they did during the French and Indian war, the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Read also: https://chiniquy.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/confederate-presidents-wife-was-of-african-descent/
The above picture is of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his African American wife Varina Howell Davis.
Also read about the participation of men of African descent in the Civil War: