Theodore Frelinghuysen (1787-1862), a U.S. Senator, was the chancellor of the University of New York, 1839-1850, and president of Rutgers College, 1850-1861. Theodore Frelinghuysen corresponded with Presidential candidate Henry Clay after Clay had narrowly failed to be elected:
"Let us look away to the brighter and better prospects and surer hopes in the promise and consolations of the Gospel of our Saviour. I pray, my honored sir, that your heart may seek this blessed refuge, stables as the everlasting hills, and let this be the occasion to prompt an earnest, prayerful, and, the Lord grant it may be, a joyful search after the truth as it is in Christ Jesus." - In a letter he wrote to Presidential Candidate Henry Clay after receiving news of his defeat. Stephen Abbott Northrop, D.D., A Cloud of Witnesses (Portland, Oregon: American Heritage Ministries, 1987), p. 158.
While serving in the office of the President of the American Bible Society, 1846-1861, Theodore Frelinghuysen wrote in a letter:
"The Bible has done it sir! Seal up this one Volume and in a half century all these hopes would wither and these prospects perish forever. These sacred temples would crumble or become the receptacles of pollution and crime....
"The influence of this sacred Volume alone can achieve it. Let it find its way into every cottage until the whole mass of out population shall yield to its elevating power; and under the benignant smiles of Him who delights to bless the Word, our government, the last hope of liberty, will rest on foundations against which the winds and waves shall beat in vain." - In a letter he write while President of the American Bible Society, 1846-1861. Stephen Abbott Northrop, D.D., A Cloud of Witnesses (Portland, Oregon: American Heritage Ministries, 1987), p. 158.