I afterwards to church to hear her. A sweet woman, called of God, with a real power.
Her voice, manner, and countenance, most sweet and impressive.
Intellection not remarkable, I think, but tone, feeling, and effect very remarkable.
No one, I think, would doubt the reality of spiritual things after hearing her. I asked myself why I am not jealous of her, as she preaches far more effectively than I do. Well, partly because I believe in my own gift, such as it is, and partly because what she does is natural, genuine, and without pretence or pretension.
Her present Society was much disturbed by strife when she was called to its care.
No man, she told me, could have united the opposing parties.
A true woman could.
This shows me a work that women have to do in the Church
as well as elsewhere.
Where men cannot make peace, they can. Mrs. Gustine
says that by my writings and example I have helped her a good deal.
I am glad to hear this, but pray to do far better than I have yet done.... Thought much about Mrs. Gustine
, who, without any of my training and culture, can do what I cannot.
I can also do what she cannot — think a subject out. She can only shadow and suggest, yet how powerful is the contact of her soul, and what a good power!”
“Saturday, October 26
. To Vineyard Haven
to help Mr. Stevens
with to-morrow's services.... Arrival rainy and dismal.
Mission house lonely in a storm.
S.'s young niece very capable and pleasant; did the honors and took care of me. I was very hungry before supper, having had nothing since breakfast ”