In 1828, Noah Webster completed his work, An American Dictionary of the English Language—with pronouncing vocabularies of Scripture, classical and geographical names.
This 26-year project contained 70,000 entries and 12,000 new definitions. For the first time in the history of the English language a standardized spelling for vocabulary words was provided.
Noah Webster stated in the preface:
In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.…No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people. To that great and benevolent Being, who, during the preparation of this work, has sustained a feeble constitution amidst obstacles and toils, disappointments, infirmities and depression; who has borne me and my manuscripts in safety across the Atlantic, and given me strength and resolution to bring the work to a close, I would present the tribute of my most grateful acknowledgements.
And if the talent which He entrusted to my care, has not been put to the most profitable use in his service, I hope it has not been “kept laid up in a napkin” and that any misapplication of it may be graciously forgiven.
New Haven Noah Webster.From Great Quotations by William J. Federer c. 2001
Shout out to Noah Webster