A Letter To Thomas Godwin – March 27th, 1854

My dear friend, Thomas Godwin,

I had a hard day’s work yesterday, and having a bad cold, was almost unable to finish. The baptistry here is most inconvenient, being so long; and the women were all much agitated, and I had almost to carry them through the water, after I had baptized them, to the further side, and the lattice under my feet quite slippery. I hope however we had, on the whole, a good day. I am quite poorly today, and therefore am not much fit for writing; but it is a mercy I was brought through yesterday, and did not disappoint the candidates and the people.

Mrs. Philpot is, through mercy, better in health. Amid all our trials and afflictions, we have our mercies and favours. My chief burden and trouble is sin, which haunts me night and day. Oh what an enemy to the soul’s peace!

Yours very affectionately,
J. C. P.

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