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[370] The supply of religious literature—books, tracts and papers—by no means equals the demand.

Rev. Andrew B. Cross, in an account of a visit to Fort Delaware, states that, while our prisoners were eating dinner, he proposed to preach for them. ‘They readily assented, and circulated the notice among their companions. I went out and selected a spot in the barrack yard, which was protected from the wind and where the sun shone very warm. Here were gathered in a few minutes almost one thousand men, who stood listening attentively for over half an hour that I talked to them, and then seemed unwilling to depart, begging me to come and preach to them again, or send some one else.’

Messrs. Editors: You reminded me when I saw you of “an old and unfulfilled promise.” I will now pay you one instalment. Shortly before we started on the Peninsular campaign, a soldier of my regiment called on me, telling me that J——wanted to see me. J——, a youth of perhaps seventeen years, was one of the most profane persons I ever heard speak. I walked with the messenger a few hundred yards from camp, where we found J——sitting alone. “Oh, sir,” said he, “I am a lost sinner!” I told him yes, but the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost. After some conversation, in which he expressed a very deep sense of his sinfulness, I asked him: “Did you expect me to come when you sent for me?” “Yes.” “And why? I had never promised to do anything for you.” “Because you always do anything for us you can.” “ If, then, you could trust me to come to you without any promise, can you not trust Christ with a promise? Kneel right here, and right now accept the invitation to come, and humbly, yet confidently, ask—nay, claim— the fulfilment of his promise, ‘I will give you rest.’” We knelt together, and he prayed aloud one of the most earnest, childlike prayers I ever heard. When we rose, I saw by the clear light of the moon a most remarkable change in the expression of his face. The anxious sadness had given way to the most joyful expression. “Well, sir,” said I, “how now? Has Jesus repudiated His promise or kept it?” “He has kept it; He has given me rest,” was the reply. Further conversation thoroughly satisfied me that Jesus had indeed fulfilled His promise. I more than once called on him to lead in prayer. His prayers were characterized by a childlike simplicity and confidence rarely to

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