J. M. Daniel to Isaac Hite, January 5, 1842
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tomorrow may bring forth. It is a wise rule in Ethics that in doubtful cases, we should always choose the safe side. It is the safe side to choose religion — and if safe at all, it is safer still to choose it at once, today — "Now is the accepted time." I pray that this [illegible-torn] dispensation may brought home to us all especially that it may be sanctified to the hearts of those most in trust — that those already in the fold of the Redeemer may thereby grow in grace & in love in proportion to this chastening, for "the Lord chasteneth whom he loveth" — and that all others may by the Spirit of God by means of this dispensation be brought to think upon the uncertain tenure of life, the reality of Death, and a judgment to come — the way & manner of their lives — that they may be led to repentance, and a loving faith in the blood of that Saviour in whom arms our friend has been so suddenly housed. Jaqueline & myself desire to express our sorrow and sympathy to yourself & every member of the family — She will write soon herself. Yours affectionately & truly, J. M. Daniel This has been written very hastily, and but feebly expresses what I feel — but I could not suffer one night to pass without writing