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A Letter To Thomas Godwin – September 20th, 1866

My dear Friend, Thomas Godwin.

It will not be in my power to come round by Godmanchester on my return homeward, as I hope (D.V.) to go to Nottingham next Wednesday, and preach there on the next evening and the following Lord’s day. I was unable last year to fulfill my engagement, and therefore when Mrs. Henry Abel wrote to ask me, I felt bound in some measure to go there, if my health admitted; and as I have a vacant Lord’s day, it seemed hardly worth while to go for one evening.

I came here via Leicester, and spent a day or two at Humberstone. On the Thursday evening I took tea with Mrs. Hardy, and went to the chapel to hear Mr. Hazlerigg, having previously declined speaking that evening, as I felt weak and unwell from my London labors. Mr. H. went into the pulpit, read and prayed, and to my great surprise, came to me suddenly as I was sitting in the pew and begged me to preach, as the friends would be so disappointed to see me there and not hear me.

It took me very much by surprise; but after a few moments’ consideration, I complied with his wishes, and got into the pulpit, where I was helped through, somehow or other. I never was taken so by surprise before, and under ordinary circumstances, would not have consented.

I found the friends here much as usual. Mr. and Mrs. K. looking better than I expected, though I see Mr. K. much aged every way. We had a very full chapel on the Lord’s day, and I hope on the whole we had a good day, as I felt at home with my old people, and some of them, I believe, felt at home with me.

It is a very nice chapel, much more easy and comfortable to speak in than the old—better ventilated, and with more accommodation every way for the people. The day was sadly wet after the morning, which seemed to mar the enjoyment of the day, especially considering the crops upon the ground still unharvested.

Through mercy I am pretty well, but rather wearied with my labors; and like a tired soldier, am looking out for home and winter quarters. You have probably heard of poor Mrs. R. Healy’s affliction. She is now in London under medical treatment. May the Lord mercifully bless the means. She heard me two Lord’s days at Gower Street, and was in the lodgings, as I did not occupy them, which she and her husband thought very comfortable. I drank tea with them there, and thought them a great improvement on the old ones, both in point of situation and size. I hope to leave tomorrow for Stamford, and shall be at Mr. Michelson’s, where I expect to remain until the following Wednesday. I cannot now add more, except that we all unite in love to Mrs. Godwin and yourself.

Yours very affectionately,
J. C. P.

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