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[99] faith. Few persons have stated this last more finely than where he says, after pointing out that there are two sides to every one, as with a piece of money, “I've seen an old woman who wouldn't fetch five cents if you put her up at auction, and yet, come to read the other side of her, she had a trust in God Almighty that was like the bow anchor of a three-decker.”

Side by side with this fine recognition must be placed that admirable letter to Mr. James William Kimball, in which Dr. Holmes states his creed as definitely and clearly as one who passes for a heretic can be expected to present it.

March 18, 1860.
... I reciprocate all your kindly feelings most cordially, and I have no doubt that if all the “evangelicals” I have known had had hearts and tempers like yours, I should have looked less critically at some of their beliefs. Let me repeat it,--I have no wish to change your belief in anything, so far as it is adapted to your spiritual nature and necessities. Much of it I share with you: a supreme and absolute faith in one great Father; a revelation of Himself, “at sundry times and in divers manners,” --infallibly in creation, more or less fallibly in all that has been committed to human tradition, preeminently in the


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