The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 47
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Extracts from the Diary of WT. Y. Allen, 1838-1839
"importance! Lord what is man? Pardon my unworthiness, and
bless thy truth!
May 7th, 1838. My 33rd birthday, and what, though I am in
a strange land and among strangers, yet am I not led by the same
hand that has always led me! Am I not still among the chil-
dren of my father, many of them wayward, but may I not hope
that even here among these scattered ones the Lord has much
people, whom in due time He will bring into the fold of the
good Shepherd, and may I be the means of recalling some of
them to the care of the Shepherd and Bishop of Souls! In look-
ing over the last as well as former years, may I well say "Bless
the Lord, 0 my soul!"
Thursday, May 10th. Preached in the Hall, at 8 p. m., from
Ps. 84:11. Remained awhile to practice sacred music.
Friday, May 11th. A company met to spend an hour in sing-
ing, apparently interested. Hope it will do good if kept up.
Saturday, May 12th. Called at an early hour, by Mr. B. to go
.and see a dying woman. Found her revived, but to all appear-
ance she had been and was still near to death and judgment. She
seemed utterly unprepared; no sense of sin or of danger from the
justice and holiness of God. Of course, no perception of the
character of the Savior. Oh! It is a sad thought that the first
impressions of these great truths might have been and probably
will be flashed into her soul by the light of eternity. Oh! Im-
-mortal spirit! Whither goest thou without the light of the glori-
ous Gospel: to happiness or misery, or annihilation? Who can
-tell without the Bible? And she does not profess to believe the
Bible. Conversed a short time with her about the danger of be-
ing deceived, and the importance of religion in affliction, especi-
ally in a dying hour, with but little apparent effect. Said she
had never done any harm, had never been very wild, showing that
she knew nothing of "the plague of her heart." Prayed with
her, I fear with little faith. She seemed thankful for my call.
May the spirit of life quicken and enlighten her dark mind!
9 p. m. The above prayer I find to have been for the dead.
'The woman died about the time the above was written.
Thursday, May 17th. Preached at 8 p. m. to a large audience
:in the Hall from 2 Sam'l, 17:14, not much liberty.
May 18th. p. m. Met with a few persons to sing, many spec-
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