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[Letter from Mary Houston to Young John Allen, October 23, 1856]

Grantville, Georgia
Oct. 23rd 1856.

My Dear Young

Your letter was, if possible, received with more than usual warmth for I was not a little anxious to hear from you notwithstanding I of course knew the cause of your delay-- And you were right in presuming I would pardon you, for how could I ever do otherwise when you always have a very good excuse and are ever generous to pardon me.

I am not going to write you but a very few lines this time, for I am a little indisposed to night [sic] [tonight] --, for a rare thing, and I have been cautioned several times already by Miss [unclear] Mellie against exposing myself. I am happy, very happy to know that you will cooperate with me to secure that holy prise [sic] [prize] which can but make us truly
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blest, and ever happy even in this world amidst the severest afflictions. But this I know you would do, because such a blessing I knew you wished to obtain, besides I knew from what I've often heard you say that you wished to be entirely resigned to the will of our Father, completely given up into his control-- but I'll not dwell upon this now since I must write so concisely. Young you cannot be more happy in me than I in you, you cannot prise [sic] [prize] me more. I can but rejoice when I know that your perfect walk will constrain me to follow your footsteps, and that by your example, I will oftentimes be enabled to flee temptations when I might otherwise be too weak to escape the tempter. And then I expect so much from your counsel.

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I was very happy to hear that your meeting was progressing finely for if there is aught I wish to prosper 'tis the cause of our Saviour, and if there is any intelligence, gives me pleasure 'tis this. I do not doubt Young that God did reward your labours in the conversion of souls, and oh 'tis my prayer that you may ever be enabled thus to take up the [deleted] your cross and work for the one to whom we owe so much but whom we can never pay. My Dear Young I would never be aught but an humble follower of Christ-- for truly there is no station so exalted as this but neither must I dwell upon this as I will stop ere I have commenced.

I think you acted quite properly in confering with Professor S_ upon that subject you have so long guarded within your own breast-- save expressing yourself to me. I have not
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Oct 23 '56
thought a great deal upon that subject lately save I still entertain a lively hope of one day becoming a Me [unclear] -- for I desire to be this above everything else if 'tis the will of my Father that one so unworthy should occupy so distinguished a post. Mr. Smith has bought a lot in Grantville [added] and is now improving it for my sisters and I have decided to live with them next year as much as much [deleted] as I dislike the place. I thought I had told you before but I presumed I forgot to do so. So Young you may change my Advocate, if you will, as soon as you please. You will please pardon any delay-- I've no apology to offer save that I've been very busily at w [deleted] work, and when I would have written you several times I was interrupted and could not do so. Write me very early please for I am anxious to hear from you now.

Yours ever faithful,

Mary Houston

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