Aug. 16. thereby disturbing the healthy actionof their bowels. He tries to talk, but doesnot walk - says "eh" when we ask himquestions, as if not quite understandingwhat is said. I am going tomake his clothes very short indeed,that he may have the free use ofhis legs. As there was to be no preachinghere today, we concluded to go to theCamp Meeting at Woods' Ferry. AccordinglyBros. E. H. and George, Mr. &Miss Shackford, Robert, Luther andmyself, went down in the springwagon. Dr. was too busy attendingthe sick, to accompany us. After nearlyreaching the place, we stoppedunder some trees to regale ourselveswith melons and peaches. We then,went on to the meeting. When wearrived, we found Rev. Mr. Fisherpreaching. His subject was baptism.He endeavored to prove from the Bible,that baptism by immersion was notscriptural, and that sprinkling re-pouringwas the proper method.But if one's heart is right, it seemsAug. 16. to me it matters not what is themode used, since it is not the waterwhich is effectual for the washingaway of sin, but the preciousblood of Christ. Still I thinkevery believer should be baptized insome way, because it is evidently anordinance which Christ wishes usto obey. After the sermon we ate somedinner which we had broughtwith us, also some apples and grapes,and then we left the ground andcame home. The camp ground waswell selected as to situation, beingupon the bank of the river, underthe shade of some lofty trees. Therewere dining tables set very tastefullyand several fruit stands. I shouldthink all might have been well accomodated.On our way home, we stopped at the Post Office, and got themail from the East. I have "goodnews from home", Susie is better,and thinks she shall soon be wellagain. Little Johnny has had fits, but isbetter now.
Original diary dimensions: 15 x 22 cm.
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