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ing but the conversation of each other. Sometimes they comforted and sometimes provoked each other to jealousy, and then they prayed to God for help. One sister wrestled with another, and prevailed. Leah envied Rachel her beauty, and Rachel envied Leah her fruitfulness; and God answered the prayers of one, and then of the other. “ God hath heard that I was hated,” said Leah, “ and therefore gave me this son.” Gud, says Rachel, shall add to me another son. And in this way were their souls tried, humbled, and built up; and there is not a little of this work going on to this day in our country, especially in places where ministers who pretend to preach know nothing savingly of Jesus Christ. These poor souls stick and cleave to one another, and get more comfort and encouragement from each other than they do under the cold and lifeless ministry of those who know nothing but what they know naturally, for such are enemies to the life and power of godliness, and are provoked to wrath at the sight of it.

I shall often, if the Lord permit, write to Downham, and I would advise you now and then to go over, and stay a few days with them, when you can hear my letters read, among them. They will grow, and go on, and God himself will teach them, as the minister cannot; for the promise is, that they shall all be taught of God.

Dear mother, farewell; mercy and peace be with you, which shall be the constant prayer of thy willing servant in Christ,

W. HUNTINGTON, S.S.

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ing but the conversation of each other. Sometimes they comforted and sometimes provoked each other to jealousy, and then they prayed to God for help. One sister wrestled with another, and prevailed. Leah envied Rachel her beauty, and Rachel envied Leah her fruitfulness; and God answered the prayers of one, and then of the other. “ God hath heard that I was hated,” said Leah, “ and therefore gave me this son." God, says Rachel, shall add to me another son. And in this way were their souls tried, humbled, and built up; and there is not a little of this work going on to this day in our country, especially in places where ministers who pretend to preach know nothing savingly of Jesus Christ. These poor souls stick and cleave to one another, and get more comfort and encouragement from each other than they do under the cold and lifeless ministry of those who know nothing but what they know naturally, for such are enemies to the life and power of godliness, and are provoked to wrath at the sight of it.

I shall often, if the Lord permit, write to Downham, and I would advise you now and then to go over, and stay a few days with them, when you can hear my letters read, among them. They will grow, and go on, and God himself will teach them, as the minister cannot; for the promise is, that they shall all be taught of God.

Dear mother, farewell; mercy and peace be with you, which shall be the constant prayer of thy willing servant in Christ,

W. HUNTINGTON, S.S.

DCXXXVII.

The Cabin, August 8, 1801.

DEAR MOTHER,

Grace and peace be with thee through our Lord Jesus Christ, who ever lives and ever loves; who undertook our cause from all eternity, and appeared our judge and mediator as soon as our first parents fell. He arraigned and judged them, and condemned Adam to drudgery for bread, and Eve to multiplied sorrow in child-bearing; then stripped them of their false coverings, clothed them with skins of beasts, to point out his sacrifice and righteousness, and then applied his promise of life to their souls; and the destruction of Satan's works by himself in the woman's nature, and their eternal redemption by his death, which the devil should stir up the Jews to accomplish,-though to his own this he called having his heel bruised. This sent our first parents out of Eden with faith in the woman's seed, and their indignation gratified to the highest by the tidings of Satan's destruction, pregnant

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