My dear Father and Family:
I have not had a word from you in two weeks. I have not had an answer from my last letter. I do hope you are all well. This leaves us very well. I have just closed my eighth meeting in eight weeks and have kept up my [?] work. There seem to have been 44 added to the master [?] in the work I have been connected with and in all there has been added to my churches thus far from all sources this year 48 people. I have one more meeting to hold the first of October but I will rest till after presbytery now. I don’t think I was ever so worn out. I have refused to help in three meetings for there must be a stopping place or the body will stop of its own wearing out.
I go down to Swan in the morning if the Lord wills and back up to Pigg Chapel in the afternoon. I have the calls from Norwood and two other churches down in the lower part of North Carolina. I have not as yet felt a call there. I do not know what the Lord wants me to do. I surely want to do his will if I can find that out. I have written to the Va. field again. I think I would like to go there, unless it is the will of the Lord for me not to go there. I think I will have to give up this field because it is so great I am not able to cover it all.
I don’t think my health improves any but it has not had a very good opportunity to do so under the heavy [?] of the last eight weeks. I still cough some little every morning most and some through the day but not much however.
I did so enjoy being at the old church – Mt. Vernon. It was the greatest joy of many a day. I also enjoyed being over at Stone River week before last with Mr. Riley. I preached one afternoon at Milton and another at Cripple Creek. They gave me two dollars at Milton and about four at Cripple Creek and twenty four at Stone River. I have [handed?] me this year in these meetings about $75.00. This seems to show they have appreciated my efforts. The Lord is feeding me well but is doing it outside these churches and had I not just as well go on and labor outside of them altogether? They are now up to the middle of September behind with me $325.00. I am going to fatten old Bright and sell him I think now and get some smaller horses.
Well I hope to get a letter from you soon.
Yours truly and in Love and tender affection