Athens 29th Decr. 1831
Your letter was duly received, and we were glad
to hear that you were living and well. Miss Laura Cable
whose mother now lives in Athens (she formerly lived nine
miles on the road toward Waterford) and who was qualifi-
ed in Marietta to teach an infant school says she is wil-
ling to go to Dresden but would rather not go before spring.
I presume you will have a house to prepare and other ar-
rangements to make so that you will not want her before
that time. How well she is qualified -- or how she will suc-
ceed in the conducting of an Infant school I know not. But
as she has taught a common school, and is now farther
qualifying herself for an Instructress -- possesses a good cha-
racter -- and has regularly studied the Infant school system
I suppose she will do well. You had better write to me, say
if you can what her prospects will be, and the time you will
want her -- lest she should receive an application from some
You will be gratified to hear that an awakening of
considerable extent commenced in this place about the 10th
inst. The number of enquirers at this time exceeds sixty -
Forty or more, have expressed a hope. Eight or ten of the students
have been the subjects of this work. On next Sabbath viz Jan'y 1.st
we expect the Communion: how many will then connect
themselves with the church is unknown. Some of those whose
fears have been alarmed will probably turn back - and others
will remain long in darkness and uncertainty.
You will now enquire what means were employed in producing this
change -- Mr Lindly came here accompanied by a Mr Morgan of
the Cumberland Presbyterians -- Lindly was zealous and animated
but as a preacher he was obscure desultory, unsound and vociferous
Morgan was a very impressive preacher. His appearance, voice and
manner were good -- But on two or three points I thought him un-
sound. He however taught mans ruined state by sin - the sufficiency
of Christ, and the necessity of embracing him [underlined] Now [end]. It was the preach
ing of this man that was the means of producing the effect. He re-
mained about ten days & then went on his journey. We believe
that the preaching of the Methodists Baptists Episcopalians & others
is blessed of God to the conversion of sinners - and why may we not
allow that good may be done where some error is taught.
I attended the convention at Cincinnati, where I was detained
one day over a week. The result of our deliberation was a recommen-
dation of the Assembly's Board. But there was a minority who dis-
puted every point with great zeal and pertinacity: we exercis-
ed so much command of ourselves that unfriendly passions were
not in any case manifested. I expect our whole proceedings will short
ly appear in a Pamphlet, otherwise I would give you some more
particular account of our doings, tho' the bounds of a litter would
contain but a small part of it.
A letter from Samuel dated Nov. 3d reached us a few days ago. Tho'
well directed it had been missent and delayed. He says when he
coughs his disease appears to be as deeply seated as ever, but that he
has no pain -- a good appetite -- and is increasing in strength.
He says our Carolina friends were all well - much agitated by fear
of the rising of the slaves. He had been at the gold mine and satisfyed
his curiosity pretty well -- He had not entered into any business supposing -
that he was too feeble.
Jan'y 2d. 1832. On yesterday the Lords supper was administred in this
place -- 24 were received on a profession of their faith, of whom 7 were
baptized. The Session say that about as many more have expressed a
hope. Twelve students (perhaps more) have been anxiously concerned, and of
them one only has joined the Church. It is doubtless true, that boys should
consult their parents or guardians in joining themselves to the church,
which in this case time did not permit. I shall expect an equal or
greater number to join us at some future day.
We have all had the Influenza, which for two or three weeks has been the
common complaint of this region. Mrs W has been the worst, but is now
getting better. The season for five or six weeks past has been unusually cold -
The ground was not clear of snow during the month of Dec.'r and now the
sleighing is good -- that appears remarkable, the Mercury was above
the freezing point only two days last month & then only for a little
time -- In regard to Miss Cable the proposed teacher of your
Infant school, it is probably Mr Bingham could give you som[missing]
account. She taught or assisted in an Infant School last summer
at Chester -- of the qualifications she there manifested Rev. Milton
Kimball could give you correct information.
Mrs W. and Mary write in affection to you Eliza and the children
Robert G. Wilson
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