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[216] also, I made it my business to converse individually with most of those to whom I had access. To each one at Culpeper Court House and Staunton I gave tracts or Testaments, and in some instances both. These were received with special interest. In performing this work I found it growing in magnitude, and my own heart more and more interested in it. Some of the cases were particularly touching. One man from south-western Georgia, with deep feeling, told me that out of ninety-eight composing his company twenty-four were buried in western Virginia. I pressed upon him the claims of the Gospel, and he seemed thankful and penitent. Another, far from home, seemed near the grave. The tears flowed from his languid eyes when I asked him about his spiritual condition, and with trembling lips he replied, “No hope.” He gazed at me wistfully, as I pointed him to the “ Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” Another, a young man, was much moved, as he told of his desertion of the Saviour, having been thrown with evil associates far away from the privileges of the house of prayer. Here and there I found a faithful one cleaving to the Lord and maintaining with consistency his Christian character. One young man seemed much interested in all I said, and promised me to give heed to the truths I had been urging upon his attention. I was specially affected by the remarks of a soldier, who said: “Oh, sir, you know not how difficult it is to stem the tide of corruption in the army. Many of our officers drink and swear, and discourage all manifestations of religious feeling.” One of the soldiers in Staunton, on seeing one of the pastors pass along the street, said: “There is the man who gave me a Bible; I never read it before, but I have now read it through several times, and wonder at the things it contains.” I could mention other incidents, but these will suffice.


‘The field of labor opened here for the accomplishment of good is beyond measure. An angel might covet it. True; and we are not surprised that Rev. Dr. Ryland, President of Richmond College, should accept the position of colporter in the hospitals of the city tendered him by the ladies of the First Baptist Church. The time thus spent will not be esteemed the least honorable portion of his life in the last day.’

A writer in one of the papers gives the following touching description

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