June 8, 1837
'Addressed to Miss. Emma Whitestone,
Birmingham Girls' Orphanage, England
Room 12, Bed No. 23
Young Miss. Emma,
It is a pleasure to have a letter to write and receive while sitting down to my daily devotions. At luncheon tomorrow I plan to give a small sermon that I highly think you will enjoy.
And, perhaps, when the meetings are over, I was hoping you would accompany me to a tour around the school, as I might be a very common visitor in the future. I will give a word to all of your elders so you won't be seen as a sneak.
Please stay healthy, as I would be very sad to lose my little pen friend.
In Gods love,
My little pen friend? Friend. I'm his friend. He's my friend.
I have a new friend!
I am very surprised by how much this visit is changing my life when I thought it would increase its difficulty.
I have not responded yet, but I mean to tonight, if Hannah will only give me a bit more time.
Maybe God does love me, for when Catherine left I thought He didn't, and was meaning to torture me with no friends.
And quickly for the update, for my ten minutes are almost up, here is a poem I wrote for dear Pastor Godfrey:
Praise the Lord,
For He has done me good,
He has brought me life,
He has brought me health,
And hope, love, and care.
He has blessed me with a good friend,
Whom is better than I could ever want,
He has known my wants and needs of this man,
Praise the Holy God.
I feel this way now. Don't expect any more dreadfully saddening letters anymore, for I am happy, even without Catherine. I am happy.
Emma Whitestone - Birmingham Girls' Orphanage, England
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