"...I desire now to make a solemn dedication of myself to thee...
through Jesus Christ, presenting myself to thy Divine Majesty to be
disposed of by thee to thy glory...O do thou, I most fervently entreat,
wash away mine iniquities, blot them out of thy remembrance, purify
and cleanse my soul in the blood of the great Captain of my salvation...
May I prove myself a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, whom the armies
of heaven follow; fight the good fight of faith; and have my present conflicts
against the world, the flesh, and the devil crowned with victory and triumph!"
- Abiel Leonard, chaplain for Gen. Putnam's Regiment, Continental Army, 1775