But it is all past now, your life has been enriched, and you are still our own good kind, happy brother John, so it is all right. I can readily see how with God’s great glorious book of nature, which has become so intelligible to you, continually spread out before you and continually yielding you some grand, fresh truth, that religious denominationalism with all it comes in its train, must seem insignificant and useless; any yet, you naughty, bad boys! What could the world in general do without churches and Sunday schools?you know that they who are not pure in heart cannot see God in his works! They see only sheep pastures and firewood, and unless the truths of God be shouted into their ears will never know Him at all until perhaps when they have slunk away into the Spirit world there to find that they have never learned to live. So you must be good and not talk like that anymore. I do hope to spend more time under the blue sky than I have ever yet done and as you say — maybe my eyes may yet feast on some of the scenes which you
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