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Farewell to a friend - written on sabbath day
letter, Winchester, McIlvaine
Winchester, Bishop of, "Letter to C. P. McIlvaine" (1864). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 123.
Nov. 6 1864
My very Dear Friend-
Even on this Sabbath day I must address a line to you of most affectionate farewell, lest, if delayed till tomorrow, it should not reach you before you have [our chances]
[?] why not on this Sabbath day? [To ??] with brethren in the body of Christ are hallowed, and it insists be in cordial, [?], with the spirit of the day, if I bid you God speed, with an earnest prayer [also]. He may carry you and yours safe again to your earthly home, and in His one good time, translate you to your eternal home, where doubtless you have already treasures waiting your arrival and a [??] with you.
There is [? one thing ??] in the world [?] and yet I would write it cheerfully -- in a spirit of thankfulness, this I have been once more permitted to hold communion with you - in a spirit of hope - humble hope - that yet once again we may have the joy of meeting again on earth - and in the spirit of supplication that God may [help] you and yours with p??] blessings, and his grace nourish, comfort, strengthen you.
To your dear children who are with you, + to those who will greet you on the other side of the Atlantic, with their no less dear Mother, I send the [?] of my heartfelt love. And I commit you + them to the love of our common Land and Savior Jesus Christ.
Ever your most affectionate
The Bishop of Ohio