will be pleading before the mercy-seat for heaven's richest blessings upon their labors.
Colporters, think, I beseech you, of these mothers; make mention of them as you go among their sons.
It will enable you to deliver your message with more of tenderness, and they will hear it with more of profit.
Rev. Dr. Geo. B. Taylor
writes from Staunton
We have had a good many soldiers at this place, and I have found it very pleasant to visit them in capacity of minister and self-appointed colporter.
By making a public request for small Bibles and Testaments I secured from the citizens generally some two or three bushels, which I distributed, getting from each soldier receiving one the promise that he would read it. I would suggest that brethren in the country and in towns, where there are more Bibles and Testaments than are actually needed, collect as many as possible together and forward them to some point where they may be given to the soldiers; small hymnbooks are also acceptable.
One brother introduced himself to me and begged for a hymn-book, saying that he would have daily worship with his company.
I said that I would go home and get one, and hand it to him as the regiment passed out of town.
They were then about starting.
I stationed myself on the sidewalk to find my friend.
There was no trouble in doing this, for a square before he reached me he held out his hand to attract my attention.
I was more than repaid by his joy and gratitude when I gave him a prayer-meeting hymn-book.
Nor could I help emptying my pockets to other soldiers, who seemed eager to take Testaments and hymn-books even as they were marching off. As I was talking to one soldier about the Testaments I was distributing, and referring to their small size, a comrade, partially overhearing my remarks, asked whether it was hooks I was speaking of. I told him, “Yes, hooks to catch men;” and asked him if he had been caught.
He told me he was a Christian. . . . . .
The following is from the pen of the venerable and beloved Rev. Dr. Robert Ryland
, so long president of Richmond College, and is given in full, as illustrating the views and feelings of one of our noblest Christian ministers—one of our most widely known and honored representative Southern men—in writing in the early days of the war to his son, who had enlisted in the Confederate army: