“  intelligent, noble, godly young men. One from Virginia said to me as he was dying, ‘Sing me a hymn;’ I repeated, ‘Jesus lover of my soul.’ He remarked, ‘Where else but in Jesus can a poor sinner trust?’ Just as he passed away, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Heaven is so sweet to me,’ and to the presence of Jesus he went. Another from South Carolina sang with joy, ‘Happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.’ Young B——, of Virginia, was resigned and even rejoiced at the near prospect of death. He repeated the lines, ‘How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord.’ His end was peace. One of these young men had determined to enter the Christian ministry. I close by asking that you will send the tracts as soon as possible.” . . .
Lynchburg, Virginia, September.The tracts and Testaments and small Bibles I have given to the sick in the hospitals and in private families, a few to soldiers in camp, and to others passing through the city. There have been at times as many as 10,000 soldiers in the encampment here. There have been, and are now, a large number of sick soldiers here. Many soldiers have the Bible or Testament, and love to read it. A good many are members of churches. Far away from home and kindred, they are delighted to receive the visits of a brother-Christian, and to get something to read. So also on the part of the unconverted there is a strong desire for something to read. All receive the tracts and read them with delight. The Lord has blessed the work. I believe He has poured out His Spirit upon many. They have been awakened and have been led to hope in the Saviour; so they seem to give evidence. One soldier who died a week ago said, in a whisper, a short time before he breathed his last, when his nurse held up the tract, “Come to Jesus,” and pointing to the heading, “I can't see.” He was told it was the tract “Come to Jesus,” and that Jesus says, “Him that cometh unto me I will in nowise cast out.” “Thank the Lord for that,” he replied. “Have you come to Him, and do you find Him precious?” “Precious, thank the Lord.” And so he would say of all the promises quoted. On the same day I visited, in two different hospitals, two young men sick of typhoid fever. They both seemed concerned about their souls, and listened with apparent interest to invitations of the Saviour to come to Him. After a few days I