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was there with us, and is now a true Christian. Yesterday morning we left Fauquier Court-House early, and got here by half past three. To-day we are to preach here, and also to-morrow. I never was better. Our mode of travelling is most agreeable and beneficial.”
“A new edition of my book is to be published, and this journey promises much good in that respect. But the greatest of all is the privilege of preaching the Gospel of our blessed Saviour. We have large and attentive congregations:"_"We expect to leave here on Monday morning, and go to Hanover county, and thence to Williamsburg. Mr. Meade talks of going to Gloucester, only a few miles from there, and for the sake of our friends at B., I may just step over with him.”
“ Williamsburg is the seat of the old College, and there I expect to spend a day or two pleasantly and advantageously.
“ My new edition of the book will probably prove more beneficial than the former did, and an advantage to us all. From Williamsburg I expect to write to you again. Mr. Lippitt stands the journey very well. He desires to be remembered. If we had hurried on without taking time, it would have been too fatiguing. May the best blessings of Almighty God descend upon you all! Tell George and Harriot, they must be good and get their lessons well-I shall not forget them. Tell John to be a good boy. Tell any and all of the people to pray for themselves, and for
Tell Mr. Nash and McGuire to carry on the prayer. meetings and church services well, and to be much in the spirit of prayer. May God bless you all. Ever your's."
His next is addressed from
“ WILLIAMSBURG, May 12th. My Dear Harriot :-My last letter was written from Fredericksburg last Friday. Saturday and Sunday we spent at that place preaching to large congregations. On
Monday we rode down to Hanover, thirty-five miles, and there spent two days preaching and lecturing to a very attentive and hospitable people. Thursday morning we set but for this place, arrived that night at a Col. Macon's, in New Kent County, a very hospitable family. Mrs. Macon has been much in New York, and knew my old friend Charles Rudd. Yesterday we rode through a very poor country. Mrs. Macon having furnished us with some provisions, we stopped at a spring near the old church Bishop Madison formerly preached in, and dined ; there being no house where it was thought we could procure a good dinner. We ate with good appetites, a hearty meal. We had three Mr. Nelsons and Mr. Meade with us.
“The church is going to ruin. Mr. Lippitt's horse having given out, we were obliged to leave him at Col. Macon's, and Mr. L. came part of the way in the stage. Last night we arrived here—my horse in fine order, and as to myself, I am perfectly well.
“ The old church here is very ancient, one hundred years
age. It has an old organ, out of order. The house is in pretty good repair. Mr. Meade preached in it this morning. I preached last night. This town is not large, but quite pleasant; the college is old, and so are many other buildings. It is the ruin of ancient grandeur. I intend going through the college and looking at the monuments in the church-yard, some of which are very old and very elegant."
“ We spend to-morrow here, and also the next day, and get to Norfolk probably Wednesday night; from there I expect to write you again. And now, my dear H., I hope the blessing of Almighty God has kept you and our dear children, and will continue to keep them. May the Holy Ghost sanctify you all, and prepare you all to be children of God in Heaven. Give my love to my friends, and tell them they must not forget to pray for their minister.
“ We have been favoured with good weather and hospitable friends, and have good prospects still. Oh that the Holy Spirit may bless all our labours. “ We are within thirty-five miles of Norfolk.
He again writes
“ NORFOLK, Thursday morning, May 17th. “ My Dear Harriot :- I wrote you from Williamsburg a few days since, and as it is your wish, and affords me pleasure, I write again. We remained in Williamsburg, preaching Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. I visited the old college ; it is a respectable looking building, with a fine lawn before it, in the midst of which is a statue of Lord Botetaunt, Norborne Berkeley. In the college is a con. siderable library of valuable old books. We were invited to attend the President's lecture on Moral Philosophy. He is a smart man. During all our stay in Williamsburg, we were treated with great kindness and hospitality. I went to the mad-house, and saw L. H.—poor girl, she knew me, but she is no better. There are near forty subjects.”
“ On Tuesday morning, we set out for York. That is a small village, fast going to ruin. It reminded me of the wreck of an old ship. Some remains of the old fortifications are to be seen.".
“ We staid in York at the house of a sister-in-law of Mr. Nelson's, and were very kindly treated. Mr. Meade and myself preached in the court-house to a considerable congregation. Yesterday morning we rode to Hampton, and in the afternoon had a very pleasant sail across to Norfolk, arriving here at about half-past five. I do not regret the long time I have taken to get here, because I hope our preaching has not been without use; our knowledge of the country, and our acquaintance are much increased, and I am not now jaded and worn down, as I should have been if I had rode on without stopping. My horse too is in fine spirits. Nor is this all—but I can say more when we meet.
“ The steamboat from Alexandria must have had a terrible time yesterday, as the wind blew almost a hurricane. “ It has given we much pain to be absent from you
and our dear little ones so long, but the Lord can take care of and bless you, as well without me as with me.
“ Mr. Lowe and family are very well. I went over with him and preached at Portsmouth last night, in a church just repaired.
“ A large body of a Lutheran congregation, in Carolina, are said to be just entering our Church.
“I am placed with a charming old lady, who tells me to write to you that I am with plain people' who are mighty glad to have me.'
- I have just had a rose brought me. I picked a few strawberries.in York.
“I have not yet seen my cousin.
“A lady, the widow of the late Governor of Virginia, who came down with the Bishop, arrived here in the night, this being her mother's house.
May God bless us all. I am very well. “ It is now before breakfast. Kiss my dear children, and tell them to kiss you for me.
Tell them I shall not forget them-nor you. May the Lord sanctify you all. My love to all my people. “Sincerely, your's,
B. ALLEN." Relative to this Convention, he writes to me
“CHARLESTOWN, June 5th. 6 Dear Thomas :- I returned from Norfolk last weekall well. A pleasant and profitable Convention-established a Theological Seminary at Williamsburg.”
My brother's filial affection towards our only surviving parent, was prominently displayed. When he first heard
of a most painful calamity through which our father was passing, he thus gives vent to his anxious bosom.
“CHARLESTOWN, July 6th, 1821. « Dear Aunt :-Your letter has filled me with sorrow, but I trust I hear the Saviour saying, “Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid.' May the Lord sanctify it to Thomas and myself.
“ And now, my dear aunt, you must act our friend. Thomas, perhaps, may go on; I cannot. In the event of neither of us being able, our reliance will be upon you to see all things done for my father which shall seem for the best. You must do it for Christ's sake.”-“You may think I ask too much in requesting you to act as our chief aid, but I throw myself on your Christian benevolence, and on your tried affection; and I do it without a fear.”
“ Please write and let me know whether he gets any better. If he gets well he must be with us. No doubt Dr. T. will aid, and I hope my father has other friends. For all expense, let them look to his children, only let him be well taken care of. God bless you, and your mother, and uncle J., and all who know or speak of « Your afflicted nephew,
With reference to the same affliction, he again writes
“ August 18th. “ Dear Aunt:-Your letter has afforded me very great satisfaction. It has removed a load. I knew not but you were out of town, and such was my anxiety, that I wrote to Mr. S. a day or two before your's arrived, requesting information. I am entirely satisfied with the arrangements of yourself and my friends, and wish them to continue as you shall see best. I am thankful to you all for the interest you have taken. That interest, I hope, will remain, and may God reward you. Thomas and myself will meet the