Sunday, November 11, 2012

1862 November 12 Fauquier County, Va.

[from the diary of Anne Madison Willis Ambler]

Wednesday, November 12, 1862

Before I had finished reading Mrs T[imberlake] walked
over & sat several hours & just as she was leaving
Patty drove up with the children had heard of
Peachy's death & came up to comfort Ma & Pa. We
were all glad to see her-& wept together over the
thought of our dead sister, our circle is broken-
one has gone, & who knows how soon another
may be taken. Oh: that we may all be ready to
meet our judge, & stand together at his right
hand. Oh that great day when he shall judge the

  My heart is heavy, heavy.  I look too much
for feelings-if I could only give up every
thing in myself & look only to Jesus.  I know that
he alone can save me, & sometimes, I think
I fully believe that I am accepted But then
I doubt again.  I never, never, doubt his
love, or willingness to save, I just fear
that I dont come to Him with a broken
& contrite heart, trust Him, Love Him, fear Him,
as I should do.  Oh, God, perfect in me
this little grain of faith, that it may
increase & grow more & more unto the last day

[partial transcription in 1972 by her Granddaughter Anne Madison Wright Baylor]

MSS  15406

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