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Written by W.M. Mitchell   

 

Dear Children:---A great many years ago, we knew a little boy, whose parents, though honest and industrious, were quite poor. This little boy was the second child and oldest son of a family of five or six children, and as his father was a workman and owned no land, the family was frequently moving about from place to place, wherever the father thought best for his business The mother was a precious good woman, though none of the family were members of any religious sect or church. The most of the time she and her little children were left alone at nights, as the husband and father had to be off where he could find work.

This good mother, besides being very industrious, was a good singer; and being lonesome, she would seek various ways to entertain her children at night, so that they might not only be instructed in useful things, but be kept awake for company till bedtime. She would sit up at night, carding and spinning, knitting and sewing, and at the same time she would engage the attention of her children by telling first one interesting thing and then another, and sometime she would repeat and sing very beautiful songs to them.

These children all loved their mother dearly; and truly she was worthy to be loved by them. The little son, of whom we have spoken above, would often sit down on the floor by his precious mother, looking up into her face, and thinking he surely had the best mother in all the world. The little fellow could not then read, for he had not been to school but very few weeks; but his mother would tell him and the other children about a great many things that are written in the Bible, and also of some things in the New Testament, and tell them when they learned to spell and read well, they could read all these things for themselves. This caused the little son, as well as his oldest sister, to have a great desire to read, so that they could read in the Bible about the building of the Ark, and the great flood of water that God sent to destroy the wicked world.

The mother often told them about Jacob and his twelve sons, and how he loved Joseph, one of his younger sons better than all the other sons. She would tell them of the strange dreams which Joseph had when quite a boy, and how his brethren hated him for his dreams,---how they put him in a deep pit,---and finally sold him to a company of Ishmaelites, and they went down to Egypt and sold the poor boy again to a great man whose name was Potiphar. She would tell them how badly Joseph’s brethren did, not only in selling their own brother, but in telling lies, and deceiving their poor old father by dipping Joseph’s coat in the blood of a kid which they had killed, and then taking his coat to their father to make him believe some wild beast had slain his darling son, Joseph.

But we must close this letter by telling you that the little boy, of whom we have been speaking, had a great thirst to read about Joseph and other things which his mother had talked about to him. He studied his book, and soon could read anything in the English language. He read the Bible through. The Lord brought him to see his condition as a poor, lost sinner, and delivered him from the power of darkness, and after some years he joined the Primitive Baptist Church, and soon commenced preaching, and is yet living and preaching Jesus.

Dear children, we now bid you adieu for this year. M.

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