best I ever heard—and the beauty of it was that the preacher gave our young men the very marrow of the Gospel, and with a simple earnestness that must have reached their hearts and done them good.’
Upon another occasion a distinguished minister had addressed the Young Men's Christian Association of the college, and on the next night delivered a popular lecture.
Speaking of the last, General Lee
said: ‘It was a very fine lecture and I enjoyed it. But I did not like it as much as I did the one before our Christian Association. That
touched our hearts, and did us all good.’
He had also a most intelligent appreciation of the adaptation of religious services to particular occasions, and of the appropriateness of prayers to the time and place in which they were offered.
He once said to one of the faculty: I want you to go with me to call upon Mr.
——, the new minister who has just come to town.
I want to pay my respects to him, and to invite him to take his turn in the conduct of our chapel exercises, and to do what he can for the spiritual interests of our young men.
‘And do you think that it would be any harm for me to delicately hint to Mr.
——that we would be glad if he would make his morning prayers a little short
? You know our friend —— ——is accustomed to make his prayers too long.
He prays for the Jews, the Turks, the heathen, the Chinese and everybody else, and makes his prayers run into the regular hour for our college recitations.
Would it be wrong for me to suggest to Mr.
——that he confine his morning prayers to us poor sinners at the college, and pray for the Turks, the Jews, the Chinese and the other heathen some other time
The suggestion is one which those who lead in public prayer would do well to ponder.
was emphatically a man of prayer
. He was accustomed to pray in his family and to have his seasons of secret prayer which he allowed nothing else—however pressing—to interrupt.
He was also a constant reader and a diligent student of the Bible
, and had his regular seasons for this delightful exercise.
Even amid his most active campaigns he found time to read every day some portion of God's word.
As I watched alone by his body the day after his death, I picked up from the table a well-used pocket Bible, in which was