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‘ [218] mind; his fellow-soldiers came frequently into his tent, and read the Scriptures and sang and prayed with him. “One text,” said he, “was in my mind day and night, awake and asleep: ‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.’” I concluded the poor fellow knew more about religion than myself, and felt comforted while trying to comfort him.’

Rev. Mr. Hume writes:

I have been for some weeks devoting my time to the hospitals in the city, and find myself becoming more and more absorbed in the work. The noble men are so fond of having one to talk with them about Jesus, that my heart is made to rejoice with theirs. The other day I was reading a few tracts to a sick soldier, and while reading one on the “Blood of Christ” he became so enthused that he shouted aloud, “Glory to God!” and it was some time before he could be quieted. Another said to me: “When I first came into the hospital I was sad and dissatisfied, but since I have been here I have learned of Jesus, and thank God even for tribulations.” There is great need of Testaments, as many are destitute of them. . . .

Rev. Joseph E. Martin, from Chimborazo Hospital at Richmond, writes: ‘We have had lately sixteen conversions. One young man was very anxious to learn to read. I procured him a spelling-book, and in a few days he learned so rapidly as to be able to read the Testament. He has since professed religion. A middle-aged man from Georgia has learned to read since he joined the army, and has committed to memory almost all the New Testament, with the book of Job.’

Rev. George Pearcy, writing from Lynchburg, Virginia, says: ‘I collected from Sunday-schools and individuals above a hundred Testaments, a few Bibles, and some books and tracts—these were placed in three large hospitals for the sick soldiers. There have been as many as 10,000 soldiers in the encampment here, hence it is a most interesting field for usefulness. Many soldiers have the Bible or Testament, and love to read it. A good number are members of Churches. Far away from home and kindred, they are delighted to receive the visits of brother Christians, and get something to read. All receive the tracts, and read them with delight. The Lord has blessed the work. ’

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