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Methodists who arc engaged in tist, another Presbyterian and an-, unless, by chance they condescend
building. I passed on to Utica, in other Christian. This Paul gives, to recognize you on the street by a ,
Letter from Bro. T. F. Campbell. the same county, where there ate in his letter to the Corinthians, as formal bow and a frigid salutation.
many disciples, but the church is in evidence conclusive of carnality. The leaven of reform is working,
A lto , L a ., Feb. 12, 1883.
a languishing condition. This is And-certainly anyone who will con however, and the people are begin
Bro. D. Stump:
sider for a brief period only the ning to demand a reason for this
D ear S ir ,—From Arkansas I the home of Bro. A. R. Bishop, a
jealousy ami envy, the bickering foolish state of affairs, and no inan
made a visit to my relatives at my young man of fair attainments and
¡more tlian average ability. The. ■And h&te^pufent and intense, cher can give one that has the sanction
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ished ami practiced by these parties of reason. l’rejudiceis dissolving
issipp* The devastating hand of congregation has been unanimous
one against another, must reach the under the light and life of increas
“ rampant war,” and lapse of time in its call for him to preach ; yet,
sad conclusion that there is not a ing intelligence and the, hope of
have wrought such changes since because it has not met its previous
single trace of the spirit of love in better counsels is cheering the
my former visit in 1860, that I was engagements with him, he declines
all they do, except it be the love of hearts of many. This part of
indeed “ a stranger in a land of to preach for it. It may be doubted
the “ publican,” who loves them Louisiana has no Church, of Christ
strangers.” Comfortable homes and whether this course will improve
-rmir who love him. - Such love con -organized in it. Afewmembers
fertile fields have been converted the—iihf’rality:pnnctTnrttty Trr
tains not one element of Christiani are found, too remote to gather into
into wretched hovels and desolate honesty of the people. My' ap
ty, but is “ earthly, sensual, devil an organization.» A few'*oF them,
wastes. The sedge and the briar, pointment previously sent forward
ish.” Why preachers, claiming to desiring church influence for their
gradually yielding to the invading failed to reach Bro. Bishop. The
have thaspirit of the ^Master and children, have united with other
grovefh-ot -young- pin e , mark
U t e audience was, consequently, small
Organizations, chiefly the Baptist?
place where well directed lalior for on Saturday; and because the rain professing to be competent to~teacE7
merly produced the luxuries of life. was almost incessant and the roads should by precept and example, The principles and purpose of the
No healthy reaction has yet been nearly impassable I had no congre sustain and encourage this <le- reformation are but little and only
established after the depression in gation on Sunday. It was my in plorable state of affairs, is to me imperfectly understood in the
cident to the change of the labor-- tention to continue a meeting here passing strange. If they could South.1 *
Missionaries are needed, and the '
system in the South. The wisest of ten days; but the situation was claim for their conduct even the
have not been able to solve the so destitute of hope or promise that selfish merit of financial gain, it field is inviting, for a noble and
problem by which prosperity shall I left Monday morning for Ray might relieve it of the extreme of generous people, such as form a
be re-established where black men mond, where court was in session, folly. But the result is to divide large per cent, of the Southern
will not, and white men know not. hoping for better prospects there. the available resources of a village, population, will readily accept the
-howto work. -The^mwmeeww Rail’- »4-M»A-WMI^Jtreste only able, at l>est, to build one de Gospel when presented^ in the
tomed to provide for Jnmself, liter and d i tapi d atod sidewa1ks, and. a mit church and support one
ally “ takes no thought for the people indifferent alike to the preacher, into a dozen parts, to be power and glory.
Your brother in Christ,
morrow.” If he has that which warnings. of the Gospel and the distributed amongst as many in
T. F. C ampbell .
satisfies the demands of the flesh hopes of the future, all combined competent men who eke out a
to-day, he is more than willing to .to make my stay unprofitable. I scanty living, by monthly preach
New England Letters.
let the future take care of itself. hastened to leave Mississippi as the ing at many points. It is not
With him, .« " sufficient unto the day most unpromising field I have yet possible that any man’s laliors can
S tone H all , Feb. 14, 1883.
is the evil thereof.” Whether the visited in all my travels. Return be made efficient when spread out
rising generation will become more ing to Vicksburg, I passed over into over a large territory. The time Dear Friend» at Horae :
The weeks have gone by, very
provident and careful remains to be Louisiana. At Rayville I met a occupied in traveling could be more
swiftly ami pleasantly since the
seen. The progress of education
beginning of the New Year, and
amongst an ignorant and dependent
to day, we look into each others
people is necessarily slow. It may
eyes ami say, “ it is St. Valentine’s
ultimately accomplish a revolution
day,” and with it we finish the
which w ill result in improved labor,
first half of the Winter term. The
and establish better relations lie
snow has come and gone several
tween the muscle of the Negro and
times since the fine Christmas
the brain of the Caucasian. Until
weather, and it now lies perhaps
then, decent poverty and squalid
inches deep ami deeper
ignorance must continue to charac
terize many sections of the .South.
where it has been shoveled away
While in Rankin county I de
from the paths. The lake lies '
livered fourteen discourses ; but as
asleep under its white coverlet and
there were no organizations into
sometimes where the sun has shone
scratches and bruises.
which to invite converts, I did not
brightly we have watched the blue
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make any effort at proselyting. I
shadows of the trees stretching in
limited my labors almost exclusive
a protecting way towards it, and
ly to subjects demonstrating The
again when The" snow lias’ rnelfeT,'
folly and wickedness of division, and two sermons, all of which were wickedness of these divisions, and we have looked upon what seemed
and the wisdom, possibility and well received by small audiences, to show the possibility and the a miniature ocean with its billows
practicability of the union of all for the weather and the state of the practicability of' union and peace frozen. At such times men have
God’s people. At Jackson, the roads limited the congregations al among the wise and the good. dug out great blocks of ice and
capital of the State, and former most exclusively to the people in Many of these, who inflate then- piled them upon carts drawn by
home of old brother Clark the- the village. I find the rain here, vanity by appending to their patient donkeys to neighboring ice
pioneer of Mississippi, who built up at this season, nearly as incessant names “ Rev." or “D. D.” first sound houses. It seemed almost cruel
a large congregation here in his as in the Willamette valley. This, the note of alarm by crying and very prosaic to spoil the beauty
day, I found only a few disciples, like other communities, is cursed “ Campbellite,’ and then pull them of a perfect landscape in order to
without a shepherd, and whose with sciym and division, one claim selves in, like a turtle into its shell, store away the coolness that will
Jjpuse Qf worship was rented to the ing to be Methodist, another Bap- and nothing more is seen of them, be precious when summer comes,