Strickersville, Nov. 6, 1835.
DEAR BROTHER, I had intended to be at your Old School Meeting, but was prevented by affliction, by which I have often been prevented from the enjoyment of the company of my brethren. But there is one thing that consoles me, that is, that my afflictions will not prevent me from meeting them in that land where the inhabitant shall not say, “I am sick.” I had intended to send on my remarks in accordance with a promise made to some of my brethren, but owing to frequent interruptions in the early part of the season. I was prevented from completing them until attacked by the Erysipelas – during the existence of which I am prevented from every thing that requires any mental exertion. Indeed I have had serious apprehensions that it would render me entirely useless, but the Lord does all things well, and I am bound to believe that my afflictions come not from the dust, and that his
“Strokes are fewer than my crimes
And lighter than my guilt.”
I see, by the Signs, that brother Dudley is closely engaged; but I believe he is a good soldier, and I am certain that he is engaged in a good cause. My dear brother, if ever the soldiers of Christ needed to have on the whole armor of God, it is now; and they need strength to use it. Our enemies seem determined to destroy us, if possible, and to accomplish their object, they appear to have lost sight of every thing like truth and honesty; but we need not be surprised, our Master met with similar treatment, and his servants need look for any thing else while error is permitted to prevail as at present. I find from the last No. that there is still war in the Columbia Association, and I hope that these things will open the eyes of our brethren more fully on the subject of Associations; for it is evident to me that the constitutional formularies of the association provides for such things, and as long as the cause is cherished the effects may be expected. I am pleased, however, to find that the subject is on the carpet, and that many of our Old School brethren are alive to it. I have had conversation with several on the subject who view the thing as I do, and are ready to act on the subject.
In my communication, in reference to the time and place of our next Old School Meeting, I intended to say that it would be held at the Welsh Tract Meetinghouse on the Thursday preceding the first Lord’s day in June next; but in your publication of it, it is stated to begin on Monday. I wish you to correct the mistake, and at the same time to mention that the yearly meeting will commence as usual at the same place, on the Tuesday before. There has been an unusual mortality among the Presbyterian preachers in our region this fall; three preachers belonging to three neighbouring congregations, have been taken off by death within a few weeks; among whom is Mr. Graham of whom you have heard me speak; he is to be buried to-day. They were all men of high standing. Our friends are all well as common, and will, if living, be pleased to see you next sptring.
Signs of the Times
Volume 2, No. 26.
December 23, 1835