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[349] loved ones at home is heard, and the prayer for the absent soldier boy is not unheeded. But I must close, as I fear I'll make your readers rejoice that my lengthy communications are only


Rev. W. N. Chaudoin reports that during a recent visit to our forces at Franklin, Virginia, he baptized eight persons. Up to the time of his leaving there were nearly fifty professions of conversion.

Rev. J. L. Truman says: ‘I spent the greater part of September in protracted meetings, in concert with other ministers. These meetings were attended with great good. At one there were 140 converts, and seventy were baptized. There were converts in all of these meetings. A religious feeling of no ordinary character now prevails in the Army of Northern Virginia.’

We have had some precious seasons with the soldiers, who have thronged the house of the Lord, that they might be taught the way of life. Take the following as a specimen of the cases of interest among this class of our hearers: At the prayermeeting one afternoon, after the congregation was dismissed, a soldier came up and spoke to us, but believing him to be a member of the Church, we said nothing to him about his soul, until he remarked, “I came here this evening, hoping that you would speak to me about the Saviour, and though you have dismissed the congregation, I must beg you to wait a few minutes and give me some instruction.” The next day he united with the Church, and whenever called upon he has led in prayer, besides speaking a word, now and then, of exhortation. Another soldier, concerned about his soul, cried aloud, “O that my mother were here!” “Why do you want her here?” “Because she has so long been praying for me, and now I have found the Saviour.” The effect cannot be described. Every eye was filled with tears, for all knew something of a mother's love. The praying mother, away off in the far South, seemed to stand before us rejoicing over her penitent boy, now a fellow-pilgrim with her to the better land. On another occasion a trooper, who had that day reached the city with prisoners from the valley, was present. He was convicted of sin, found peace in believing, and was the most happy man that I have seen since the war has

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