TC TO THOMAS ERSKINE ; 28 December 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18531228-TC-TE-01; CL 28: 363-364
TC TO THOMAS ERSKINE
[28 December 1853]
I got here in time to be recognised, to be cheered with the sacred beauty of a devout and valiant soul's departure. God make me thankful for such a mother. God enable me to live more worthily of her in the years I may still have left. I must rally myself if I can for a new and sterner final epoch which I feel has now arrived for me. The last two years have been without action, worthless to me except for the final burning away of things that needed to be burnt.