Letter from Hannah and James M. Adams, 10 March 1843

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Andover Ashtabula Co Ohio March 10th, 1843
To Mrs . Dear Sister in the Lord
With pleasure I spend a portion of the time which the Lord in his goodness has alloted unto us in addressing you through the medium of my pen. altho strangers to each other in the flesh yet I trust we have been made near to each other by being Baptised into one spirit by embracing the fullness of the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ which has been brought to light inc this age of the world. & hope the time is not far distant when I shall be permited to gather with the saints & have an inheritance in Zion which is to be a Joy & prais in the whole earth, I saw a Notice in the Times & Seasons for those having hymns suitable for the Worship of the Latter day saints to forward them to you. I have selected some lines & will send them & if you [sho]uld think proper you can give them a place in your Book subject to [s]uch alterations as you should choose to make.
1 O God this sinful heart of mine
Is ever prone to go astray
The powers of sin and darkness join
To tempt and lead my soul from the[e]
 
2 Sin doth my troubled soul oppress
And doubts and darkness me surround
Lord cloth[e] me with thy righteousness
O may thy grace to me abound
 
3 Turn not my troubled soul away
Bestow on me true heavenly light
Bring me thy precepts to obey
Of gospel grace give me a sight
 
4 Thy spirit send and purge my soul
From evry lust and vain desire
May sinful ways no more controule
My heart but all from me retire
 
5 O may my sins be all forgiven
My soul be cleansed by love divine
And brought by sovereign grace to heaven
And all the glory Lord be thine
 
Praise & prayer
1 Arise my soul and streach the thought
To the bright realms of bliss above
Where happy souls by grace are brought
To drink pure streams of life and love
 
2 How feeble are those views of mine
When they attempt above to soar
They like the dazling planets shine
When the bright sun-beams do retire [p. [1]]
Andover Ashtabula Co Ohio March 10th, 1843
To Mrs . Dear Sister in the Lord
With pleasure I spend a portion of the time which the Lord in his goodness has alloted unto us in addressing you through the medium of my pen. altho strangers to each other in the flesh yet I trust we have been made near to each other by being Baptised into one spirit by embracing the fullness of the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ which has been brought to light inc this age of the world. & hope the time is not far distant when I shall be permited to gather with the saints & have an inheritance in Zion which is to be a Joy & prais in the whole earth, I saw a Notice in the Times & Seasons for those having hymns suitable for the Worship of the Latter day saints to forward them to you. I have selected some lines & will send them & if you should think proper you can give them a place in your Book subject to such alterations as you should choose to make.
1 O God this sinful heart of mine
Is ever prone to go astray
The powers of sin and darkness join
To tempt and lead my soul from thee
 
2 Sin doth my troubled soul oppress
And doubts and darkness me surround
Lord clothe me with thy righteousness
O may thy grace to me abound
 
3 Turn not my troubled soul away
Bestow on me true heavenly light
Bring me thy precepts to obey
Of gospel grace give me a sight
 
4 Thy spirit send and purge my soul
From evry lust and vain desire
May sinful ways no more controule
My heart but all from me retire
 
5 O may my sins be all forgiven
My soul be cleansed by love divine
And brought by sovereign grace to heaven
And all the glory Lord be thine
 
Praise & prayer
1 Arise my soul and streach the thought
To the bright realms of bliss above
Where happy souls by grace are brought
To drink pure streams of life and love
 
2 How feeble are those views of mine
When they attempt above to soar
They like the dazling planets shine
When the bright sun-beams do retire [p. [1]]
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