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Dinsdale, Matthew / Papers, 1836-1897
Call Number, Wis MSS DL, folder 2 ([unpublished])

Potosi Wisconsin Territory / Saturday October 18th 1845 [Transcription],   pp. [1]-12 PDF (11.8 MB)

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                                       Potosi Wisconsin Territory
                                         Saturday October 18th 1845
My bear Mother
             I have again great pleasure in commecing  a letter to you
in this far off Land. I do assure you that reading letfrs which come
from home and writing to you are among my most pleasurable employments.
This is Saturday the 11th of' Oc4~ober. I am now expecting a letter from
you every week, and I hope before I send this that I shall receive one
but I have so much to say that I think it best to begin mine before I
receive yours. I expect you will be some surprised to ~nd that I have
again removed, or rather that this is not dated at Pedlars Creek, it
is true that I have left that place, and while I tell you this my eyes
fill and overflow'with tears . May God sustain me. My feelings will     
scarcely allow me to write1 for I have left kind and valued friends, and
I have come to, I hardly know where, only this I know, that I am again
amongst strangers. But ~L look to Heaven as my ultimate and etezmalrre~t-
ing place and home. I felt it to be my duty to come here and  think
~I earne cheerfully.."Lf,I had consulted my temporal interests I
 have remained where I was. But in order that I may attend to what I
 consider to be duty, I immolate interest on the altar of Christian
 principle. I have done this oftener:than once and I believe that God
 has rewarded me for it. I believe that I have given up all to follow
 Christ. And if He deigns to be my guide and friend I shall be satisfied.
 The reason why I am here is this: I have been received on pvobation
 by the Rock River Conference of the M~tbodAbt~ Episcopal Church and have
 been appointee to this place. When I left home little over a year ago,
 I never intended nor expected to enter the ministry, and I took no step
 towards this. I simply preached the Gospel as I had opportunities, as,

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