For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
~ Jeremiah 29:11
We can’t see what the future holds. But God knows what is behind the curtain.
John Bigelow was born on this day in 1817. Bigelow, a Democrat turned Republican, was appointed by Abraham Lincoln to be American Consul in Paris, later becoming Chargé d’Affaires, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of Napoleon III. Bigelow was instrumental in blocking attempts to have France and Britain intervene in the American Civil War.
Later returning to the Democratic party, Bigelow was instrumental in the developing the New York Public Library and was a proponent of the Panama Canal.
Bigelo died on December 19, 1911. He was 94.
365 Things I Believe is a revisioning of a year long web project. I initially launched the blog 365 Things I Believe because I think there are important things I have to say. There are eternal truths that are non-debatable, although I realize they’re not universally accepted.
So for a year I did a daily post of one thing I believe to be an indisputable truth. I’m relaunching here at The Write Side of My Brain and will continue through the next year to re-post (mostly) from the original project.
This time graphics and commentary are included. You can buy today’s print here. And, by the end of a year, if not sooner, you’ll be able to purchase the entire series in ebook format.