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[348] employ missionaries. Who will go at once? Before I close, allow me to say, that officers generally, and General Gordon, of Early's Division, particularly, treated me kindly and respectfully. General Gordon is a man after my own heart. Should this “cruel war” continue, and his life be spared, I predict for him a high place among the leaders of our hosts. May he receive from his country and his God, all that his true courage and rare Christian virtues so richly deserve!

Affectionately,


Recent movements have, of course, been (humanly speaking) rather unfavorable to the religious interests of the army. But up to the time of the move, the interest was unabated, and I doubt not is as great now really, though there is not quite so good an opportunity for developing it, as the nights are almost too cool for lengthy outdoor exercises, and the men are generally pretty busy in the day building huts, etc. Yet a good deal of preaching is being done, many prayer-meetings, Bible-classes, etc., are held, and the work of the Lord is prospering in our midst. I expect to baptize twenty-eight to-morrow in Hazel river. . . . I see every day increased evidences of the genuineness of this work in the army. I have been particularly struck with the fact, that out of scores I have called on to lead in prayer, not one has refused—and this is the testimony of chaplains generally. Many of them, too, lead the meetings, exhort, etc. And may we not hope that God in His providence designs in the army to answer the question that now wells up from many an anxious heart, “Where are the preachers of the next generation to come from?” that He designs that there shall go forth from the ranks of our noble army, many who shall be useful heralds of the Gospel of peace. Let this be the subject of special prayer throughout the land. It is rejoicing our hearts that the Lord is in some measure visiting the Churches at home with outpourings of His Spirit. This will operate reciprocally upon the army. A chaplain gave me a beautiful illustration of it this morning. On a list which he handed me of those who wished to join the Baptist Church, there were eight or ten who desired to connect themselves with a single Church in North Carolina, and upon inquiry he found that that Church had recently enjoyed a precious season of revival. Thus it operates—the prayer of the soldier for his


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