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Written by James Osbourne   

The Primitive Baptist--October 1847

 

To the Kehukee Baptist Association in North Carolina, North America, their friend sendeth greetings from the city of London.

 

DEAR BRETHREN: In the spirit I hope to partake with you of all good things when ye are assembled together at Spring Green next month. As the Lord promised to be as a little sanctuary to ancient Israel in countries where they should come, so I trust will he be to you when you convene in a large body in Martin County. A shower of grace from the everlasting hills would revive your spirits, and prove healthful to your inward parts; while clustered among the shade trees by the highway side. It is to be wished that all your business may he conducted in wisdom and prudence and in the fear of that God who remembered us in our low estate, and whose mercy en forever. We read of standing fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel. Do ye, beloved, strive together also for the honor of God and the good of souls: and I say unto you, ye shall in mo wise lose your reward.

 

Be sure, all you can, to avoid dissensions and vain disputings about words to no profit; but be ye perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment and try in live in peace among yourselves. May the God of peace be with you to guide, direct, support, keep, strengthen, and comfort you.

 Religious affairs in this country are quite in a bad condition as they are in America. If a mildew from God is not upon most or all the churches in this kingdom, I know not my right hand from my left and great darkness is fast gathering over the British churches, and out of this darkness proceed quarrels, divisions, envies, malice, jealousies, hypocrisies and evil speaking. Thus are things at this time in my native land, and the sight is a painful

one; but what cannot he cured must be endured, I am persuaded God is carrying out his purposes and fulfilling his high decrees; and in humble submission to these things on our part is a blessing from the Lord of hosts and it is more than what some men are favored with. God deals out his mercies in a discriminating way, and that very discrimination itself, seem to enhance the value of the mercies bestowed. I wish we could always feel the force, the weight, the virtue, and the value of the mercies we possess from a covenant God; ungrateful however and unworthy we all are, I wish the best of new covenant blessings may rest upon your souls and that under the same you may thrive and grow in the garden of God.

 

I hope to be at home in about a year from now, and to visit your churches in the spring of ’49. The Lord is good to me in this foreign land. I have preached much in London and in other large cities and am attended to overflowing. I have traveled nearly all over England and have much more traveling and preaching yet to do. Several of my London sermons have been taken down in short hand and are now in print and for sale in book stores. My Lawful Captive has been reprinted twice in this realm; and the last edition, which was printed last March, and stereotyped, with a large addition by my own hand, is almost sold out In the space of n month I have received almost 300 letters. The cordial reception which I have met while in England is almost beyond belief, and yet hated, belied, and vilified by some, from pulpit and press

 God bless you all. Amen.JAMES OSBOURN.London, 50 Bedford Square, Oxford St

Sept. 1st. 1847

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