A Letter To Friends In The Lord – July 19th, 1869
My dear Friends in the Lord,
You will be desirous to hear how I am and how I was brought through my labours yesterday. It was very hot and the congregation large, but on the whole I was brought comfortably through. My texts were, Jude 20, 21, Jer. 17:7, 8. Mr. Ford, the recorder, was there both times. I felt dry and shut up in the morning, but was more at liberty in the evening. I slept but little from fatigue and heat, but on the whole am pretty well today, and have had a nice refreshing walk. I preached at Stamford from Heb. 4:1, and spoke much of what the rest was, “my rest,” that is, God’s rest, what it was to come short of it, either for a time only, or fully and finally. There was a good congregation, and great attention paid to the discourse. I felt liberty in speaking, and had some solemn feelings which, I think, showed themselves in the sermon. I would like you to have heard it.
I was quite comfortably lodged and well waited upon, and treated with the greatest kindness and affection.
Many thanks, dear friends, for your kindness to me and mine. The Lord repay it a hundredfold into your own bosom. I am not sorry for my visit, and the friends here tell me how much better I am looking.
J. C. P.