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B. Cheever fails, who can stand? I see your husband is to be at Albany and in the Assembly Chamber. Be pleased, dear Sister, to write me, that I may come down and hear him. Let me know where he will put up, that I may call upon him. I am posting up Gerrit Smith in regard to the Church of the Puritans. He feels right ; the Lord make him feel right into his pocket! I told our church in conference-meeting of G. B. Cheever, — that he needed their sympathies and their prayers. In my description of his person, I said he appeared as meek as Moses, was nearly as wise as Solomon, and as bold as a lion, and that I believed he would sooner go to the stake and be burned to death than prove false to his principles. Give my highest regards to your dear spouse, and my respects to any inquiring friends, and believe me Your affectionate brother in Jesus Christ,
Letter from Mrs. A— to Dr. Cheever, 1858, on the
Right of the Bible in our Public Schools. MY DEAR PASTOR, —- Have you an extra copy of the “Times,” containing your sermon on the Bible in Schools? Mrs. Roberts wants one to send to Mr. Clarke at Washington. He heard the sermon, and it made a great impression upon him. He is about to make a speech on some subject; and for some reason which I do not exactly understand it is deemed desirable, either by himself or some one else, that he should have a copy of your sermon.
I wish I could tell you how much my heart is with you in all your trials. I sympathize with you so fully in the
stand you have taken, and the sacrifices you have made for a despised truth, that I have gone down into the depths with you, and borne my share of distress at the painful spectacle of truth fallen in the streets. I am as thoroughly persuaded that you have done right as I should be if the multitudes in our guilty city were crying Hosanna.
I believe Christ was as truly divine when the multitudes cried “Crucify him!” as when they said, “Hosanna to the son of David !” and paid him divine honors. The great work you have done for Christ, in bringing his blessed Word out of captivity and freeing it from the dreadful reproach of justifying slavery, is a work which will last, whatever else may be burned ; and you may rest assured no man can take your crown. May the truth which you have so often dispensed acceptably and profitably to others, sustain you and bring you off conqueror, is the prayer of,
Extract of Letter from Mrs. Cheever to Mary, a Roman
Now, Mary, don't think from our conversation yesterday that I wanted to convert you to Protestantism. I have no desire to proselyte, but in love to win souls to Christ, the Living Head, and the only life of our souls. All true believers in Christ are the true Church, to whatever denomination they belong, and he is head over all things, and knows who belong to him. I thank God we have his Word to guide us; and in it he says, “Come unto me, and him that cometh unto me, I will in 'NO
wise cast out.” He does not say go to any other creature, man or woman, or any ceremony or church, for salvation, but to Him, with the humble, contrite prayer, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” “ Lord, make me clean, give me a new heart, and renew a right spirit within me.” Christ is the only Mediator between God and man; and oh, Mary, what a privilege that we can go to the dear loving Saviour DIRECT, without money and without price! It is wicked presumption in any living man to pretend to the power of forgiving sin, when only God can do it; and we must trust in God alone. He is an allsufficient Saviour for all mankind, and what he requires of us is heart-worship, -- to love and pray to him in sincerity and in truth. He will accept none other form of worship, for he looks only on the heart. All forms, fastings, and ceremonies are NOTHING, and less than nothing, without it, for he looks only on the hearts of all true worshippers. May God illumine all our hearts by his Holy Spirit, and prepare us for that long eternity to which we are all fast hastening, and for happiness in those blessed mansions which he has prepared for all who love and trust him. Remember me to your daughter and sons. Wishing for them all God's protecting care and love, I am, as ever, Your well-wisher and friend,
E. H. C.
Letter from Mrs. Cheever to a very dear early
School Friend. MY DEAR ANNA, — I was delighted to receive your kind, pleasant letter, and the book, so full of the pleasant memories of nursery days, which quite interested and amused
me. But my remembrance of your charming home only dates from our school-days and those enchanting juvenile parties. Oh, how well I remember those happy, bygone days, and the many beautiful girls of our circle, and your dear self, the loveliest of them all! Your sweet face and winning, affectionate manner are deeply engraven on my memory, which I could never forget.
Do you remember Cousin Ann? I have just received a letter from her, and wish I could read it to you. She is about eighty years old, yet still writes with vigor and all the playfulness of youth, and her letters are charming. She is most happy in her daughters, and they are all devotion to her. She makes her home with Mary now, the Countess de Waldersee, though she is often with Josephine at Stuttgard. Count de Waldersee holds a high position at Berlin, being General-in-chief of all the German Army, in the place of Count Von Moltke, who on account of old age resigned his command. The Count and Mary are great favorites with the Emperor and the royal family, and have received many honors and attentions from them.
Cousin Ann and her daughters are lovely Christian characters, and their influence is felt and admired.
Your fondly attached friend, E. H. C.
To Mr. Washburn from Mrs. Cheever. How very kind and thoughtful of you, my very dear Mr. Washburn, to think of us in the midst of your pain and suffering, and to send us some of your nice black tea ! Really I was quite overpowered, and hardly know how to express our thanks. We shall much enjoy it, and bless
you for it. I am so glad to hear that you continue to improve, and hope, by the blessing of God, you may be spared to us yet a little longer. How very good and merciful your Heavenly Father has been to you, dear Mr. Washburn! And I cannot tell you what a privilege we have felt it was to gather with your dear loving ones around your sick-bed, and witness the all-compassionate love of the precious Saviour toward you. Yes, indeed his everlasting arms were beneath you, tenderly and kindly supporting you! I was much impressed by the many sweet promises to them who put their trust in him, and particularly the one, “He that considereth the poor, God will make all his bed in sickness," and I felt it was truly verified in you. Oh, is it not worth the sacrifice of a few years, at least, of ease and enjoyment here, to be so comforted and sustained in the hour of trial and at the approach of death? May the many prayers for your recovery be heard and answered, and you, dear Mr. Washburn, be enabled by the Divine help to carry out and complete your many benevolent schemes for the glory of God and the good of man. We hope soon to hear that you have risen from your bed and are relieved from suffering. But whatever is God's will, and under all circumstances and trials, may the peace of God possess your soul, and keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. My dear husband joins with me in all good wishes and love, and will soon write you. Give much love to your dear wife and sister, Mrs. Warren. I hope she is with you still, for she is a sweet, cheerful companion, and it must do you good to have her about you ; and dear Mrs. Rice, 100, — please say to her that we called yesterday on her