[for the Richmond Dispatch.]
Interesting News from the Army Colportears.
I am receiving almost every day interesting accounts from the colporteurs at work among the soldiers.
Mr. M. D. Anderson
, of Aquir, Creek and Evansport
, writes: ‘"There are many pious soldiers in each regiment, and some who are seeking an interest in the great salvation.
One with whom I have had frequent and earnest conversations told me that he had found Christ
precious to his soul, and intended to embrace the first opportunity to unite with the people of God.
A few days ago I spoke with an old man in the Arkansas
regiment, who, with his four sons, is here to defend his country.
He wept as we spoke of the great concern, and promised to live a new life.
I have sold $80 worth of Testaments and good books during the present month, besides giving away a large number."’
Mr. J. C. Clopton
, Rockbridge Alum Hopital, says:
"As I go among the hundreds of sick, I am pained at seeing so much to be done, and so few laborers.
Sometimes I see several physicians in a group, consulting about the physical man, while scarcely anything is being done in regard to his spiritual interests.
We ought to have at least one corporteur to each hospital.
The soldiers attend most earnestly to all that is said to them about their souls, and frequently with streaming eyes they inquire, 'What must I do to be saved?' I have been some days at the hospitals in Staunton
, and find there a most inviting field."
Rev. C. H. Ryland
, Healing Spring, says:
"I am not able to do one half that presses upon me daily for the relief of our soldiers. --But it is joy to do what I can, and a relief, at least, to pray for more laborers.
The pleasure my mission has afforded the suffering here, has been enough to repay me for all the trial I've had to make in their behalf."
Mr. R. W. Cridlin
, at Williamsburg
; Dr. E. Wetherell
, at Norfolk
; and Mr. J. M. Burton
, at West Point
, report deeply interesting facts.
We need, very much, funds with which to prosecute this work, and, from the liberal sums which have already been sent, we are encouraged to appeal to the friends of the soldier throughout the South
, for additional aid. Address
A. E. Dickinson
Gen'l Sup't Army Colportage,