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I. T. Irwin to Lewis Allen Alderson

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Greenfield, June 15, 1832


Friend Alderson,


Your kind letter came to [XXXXXX] a few days after it was written.  I should have answered it sooner, but ill health prevented.  I have been very sick for ten days past, but am now recovering and shall probably enjoy better health now than before.  I was much pleased to hear that Cousin had made such speed in her Journey and that she was in such good health and spirits.  Are there any Ladies as deserving and as worthy to be loved.  You know [XXXXXX] how much I love many of them.  They are as dear to me as sisters.  You ought to love them.  But why should I say so?  May I not say that I know you do love them, at least one.


Truly it is with a mournful joy, I look back upon Jenny and events of Athens.  The events of no part of my life are more indellibly stamped on my memory.  Many an hour is beguiled reflecting on the many happy hours spent in the social circle, and oh, how my heart fills at the recollection of those sweet season spent with my dear sisters and brothers in social prayer, and none was more sweet than those meetings of the S.S. Teachers.  Dear Brother we can not do enough the sabbath school.  Teachers can not pray too much alone or together for this blessed[?] object.  Prayer warms and engages the heart and as the noble Marion said, “the heart is all,” it is everything. 



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We have a very large sabbath school here, but there are only a few teachers who engage in the cause with zeal, consequently we are not doing so much good as might be[?] under different circumstances.  I attend two schools every sabbath. 


You as is it better to be without than within college walls?  I can only answer for myself.  Many are the pleasures of college life and some of them are of a peculiar kind which are not to be experienced in any other situation of life.  But it better to be without college walls.  IT was a severe trial to me[?] leave Athens.  I never expect to undergo a more trying change in life.  For a long time I felt like a sheep which had strayed from the fold into the wild desert or upon the lonely mountain top.  But as you say, ’tis strange how easy the mind is changed and ’tis strange too how easy and how soon we become reconciled to the different situations in which we find ourselves placed.  Now I feel as contented and as happy as ever I did in College.  I am much pleased with my studies and would rather study here than go to a Seminary.  Mr. brothers[?] is a very pleasant man and is able to instruct.  I recite two days in a week.  I devote but very little time to the Ladies I some times [XXXXXX] an hour in friendly chat with Miss Mary.  Mr. and Mrs. Bay[?] passed through this place not long since, but I did not see them altho



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I was in town at the the time.  Tell Love that I didnt take it friendly that they did not call to see me, or let me know they were in town.


Remember me to Uncle, Aunt and family and all inquiring friends in town.


Give my respects to Brothers Marquis[?], Geoffry, Van Denison[?], Trimble, etc.  (I suppose the accomplished, charming, and blooming young maid Miss H.B. is not neglected by our gallant friend W. Bell.)


The state of religion in this region is low, that is we hear but little about it. A four d[loss to page] meeting this day at Pisgah fou[loss to page] from here.  I hope it will be a profitable and interesting season to both Saint and sinner.  I hope the Lord will revive his work among us.  There are many here who I trust daily and sincerely pray.  Oh. Lord revive thy work.


But I must colse this scroll.  Farewell.


Yours is in much friendship


I.T. Irwin



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Greenfield Oh

June 16th


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Mr. Lewis Alderson



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