17 August 1864: “how I had long desired to join the Church”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 17 August 1864 from Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about the impending visit of an episcopal minister and her desire to join the church.


Item Citation: From volume 4 (folder 5) in the Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item Transcription:

Wednesday, Aug. 17th.

How lightened my mind feels tonight of the heavy burden which has so long pressed upon. Oh, have I indeed made one stop towards that end which has long been to me the highest. Mr. Lawson, the episcopal minister from Bastrop is coming down to Monroe to preach on Sunday, and tonight I told Mother about how I had long desired to join the Church, she said I might see Mr. Lawson Sunday, unworthy as I am of this high privilege I feel it will give new life to every effort in duty and Oh how inexpressibly it will soothe my weary and often doubtful soul if I am thought fit for this sovereign mercy.



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