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[126] from one of his letters may serve to show the pleasant spirit in which all these privations and annoyances were met:

Bowling green, Kentucky, January 18, 1862.
My Dear Father: I have been forcibly reminded to-day of an incident in Ruxton's travels. Out on a prairie he found a wretched-looking man, all alone in a pouring rain, stooping over a few smouldering embers, and singing:

How happy are we,
Who from care are free.
Oh! why are not all
Contented like me?

My tent is on a hill-side, and has a flue instead of a chimney. It rained hard all last night, has rained all of to-day, and is raining yet. The water has risen in my tent, the fire has been drowned out, the floor is nearly all mud, and I have been writing all the morning in a chair stuck deep in this mud. My bed is kept out of it by some fence rails, and my larder is a basket on the ground at the bed's head, containing a piece of pork and a bag of flour. There is not a negro in Virginia that would not despise such lodgings, but I am ‘contented.’ I sleep soundly, work hard, eat heartily, and am fattening.


A day or two later he writes: “I have just finished a large stone chimney to my tent, and shall have it floored with poles to-morrow; then I shall be in great state.”

On Monday night, February 10, six days before his death, he thus closes a long letter from the camp before Fort Donelson: “Oh, how all these adventures, with their perils and deliverances, their privations and blessings, do drive us to our God! I want no other strength than the Lord Jehovah; no other Redeemer than our blessed Saviour; no other Comforter than His Holy Spirit. I believe that when we do our duty the Lord will fight for us. I feel a constant, bright and cheery trust in Him. I think of my precious wife and little ones, and long for their society and caresses; but I am satisfied that it is right that I should be here, and I await the development of His will. I think His mercy in making us His children, in spite of all our ill-desert, ought to make us willing meekly to bear all that He chooses to lay upon us.”

Mightily as many earthly loves drew upon his soul, his Lord's

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