October 16, 1841

letter of October 16, 1841 from William (15), in Dublin, to his brother Robert (12), in Canada

                                                                                                                                  59 Marlborough St.,
                                                                                                                                  October 16, 1841.

My dearest Brother

I was glad to receive yours of the 9th September and to learn that you and family were well as, thank God, all friends here are at present. It is true I was anxiously waiting to hear from you for some time past, but I know you have many things pressing on your attention to take up your time, which is a sufficient cause to prevent from writing as you otherwise would. However, I cannot describe to you with what feelings of joy I receive your letters and the pleasing sensation they produce.

My dear brother I fully anticipated that you would meet with some difficulties to your coming home this season but I earnestly hope you will be enabled to surmount all of them. It necessarily must follow that you who have laid out so much money in building, must feel some pressure from that quarter - but by your doing as you purpose to do you may be able to accomplish that desirable object, and to owe no man anything, but love, and I think the sooner this is done the better, for it will greatly relieve your upright mind from the anxiety you feel on this subject. I feel this to be a delicate matter to speak to you about and do not wish to say to you do this or that, lest I should say anything that would not be for better - but I fully concur with you in your determination to get some money on interest in order to your accomplishing without delay your long intended purpose. The Lord direct you is my earnest prayer. God is looking into your heart and sees your honest intention and accepts the will for the deed, until the time comes for the performing of it, and then He requires it to be done. I verily believe that it was for this, in connection with your Domestic and Eternal happiness, that God has so abundantly blessed you, in your Basket and Store. Let us look around and with the poet exclaim "Not more than others I deserve yet God has given me more for we have food whilst others starve and beg from door to door". I, my brother, would make this a common cause with you and do all in my power to help you to accomplish it. So if you can realize something near the sum you have proposed, I will let you have what money I can command, which I suppose will be from 50 to 60 [pounds]. I would feel glad if it were more, but moving in the circle I do in Dublin I find it takes some money. However, I do not murmur, the Lord has been doing more for us all than for hundreds in this respect also - so I want you, as soon as you receive this, to let me know what you will do; at least let me have a letter by the first Halifax Packet that sails. My reason for this is obvious. The time will be so short, and I will be in honour bound to give Mr. Fannin timely notice of my leaving him, and I may have many other arrangements to make. And if it were possible for you to come, it would be well I should know, that my mind may not be kept in suspense. I hope all your ways shall be ordered by the Lord, and that He will cause a Light to Shine upon your path. I have been thinking that the sum you have to pay, when you come to Ireland, cannot be very great, but still I know there is great expense connected with so long a journey, and that it will require a considerable sum to defray all expenses. I do not know any more I can say on this subject, but to commit your cause to God in prayer, and He will enable you to fulfil the desire of your heart. You say you fear that too much of your letters are taken up with your concerns, but I can assure you I feel much gratified in learning all about them, and in letter writing our thoughts should be as frank and familiar as speaking face to face, which I hope soon to enjoy. No later than last night in vision you were brought before my mind, and though when I woke I found it was a dream, yet it produced a pleasing sensation in mind which I feel at the present moment. In the appearance, however correct, you seemed to have fallen much into flesh, since I had the pleasure of beholding you for the last time as you passed over Dunmanway Bridge. I believe that was the last time I beheld you.

I cannot give you much information about Mother and John and friends as I have not had a letter since I sent a copy of yours, but were all well when I last heard from them. I am very sorry we do not get a letter from our only sister, as Mother is most anxious to hear from her, but I suppose that can be easily accounted for. I hope she does well. I think you should often write to her, as it must be satisfactory to hear from you, especially when a lonely stranger in a strange land.

We were surprised in hearing of the Governor's death - what a necessity for being always ready. Sir Charles Baggot is about to leave England to fill that responsible office. I have not heard much about him, whether he be a good man or not, for I think no man can be good who has not the Lord's love; I hope he has. I fully subscribe to that sentiment " ????? to God, was ne'r a true friend to Man". We have been visited in Dublin by a preacher from the United States, Rev. McCaughy. He is about eight weeks here and has been carrying on Revival Meetings, and the Lord is working with him confirming the Word by Signs following. Numbers of souls are converted, not less on a moderate calculation than from two to three hundred. He is a man full of Faith and of the Holy Ghost. He was saying he visited Quebec and Montreal, but I believe he did not go as far as Kingston. You must not say any more against American Methodism after the good specimen we have in him. We also had a visit from Elisha Bates of America, formerly a celebrated Quaker, but now a Methodist Preacher. He is a very good man and an excellent preacher. I trust my dear brother that you are seeking the salvation of your precious soul, which is of more value than all. I sometimes think I need scarcely say one word by way of advice - you know the way for you have been taught of God - but suffer me to stir up your mind by way of remembrance. Do remember your first works, that is to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. I love you, I love your soul, and it is my earnest desire and prayer to God to see you happy in the enjoyment of His Love. Life how short! Eternity how long!

                                                                                              Yours affectionately,

                                                                                              (Sgd.)   Wm. Anglin

Give my love to Sally and the children and to Brother Sam. I expected he would write to me - do tell him I expect one from him. I hope he, too, is serving God.

I received two papers with your last and some previous to that. I send you some twice a month - that is the time the Packets sail for America. Do not forget to write, yourself.

Do not think from this letter that I desire you should come, come what may, next spring, however anxious I am to see you, yet I would not wish for you to do things not practicable, in order to gratify me, far be that from me. The Lord direct you.


                                                                                              (Sgd.)   W. A.

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