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for the work, as he regarded it even more important than distributing tracts, to circulate the Book of God. "And,' said he to me, we have the Word; now we only want the Spirit; we must have earnest prayer for that.'
“I then called upon the chief of police, for the purpose of obtaining access to the Russian prisoners, and supplying them with the Bible. I found the officer himself was out, but his deputy was sitting behind the desk, and it seems he had received intimation that I was coming, for he asked immediately, 'What is it you wish, sir? Is it anything I can do as well? I rather think it is something in the missionary line, isn't it?' I replied, 'Yes; I wished to see the Russian prisoners, and give them the Bible, if they desired it.' Well,' said he, 'I always like to help on the good Cause, and will be glad to accompany you.'
“We accordingly took with us an interpreter, and proceeded to the guard-house. The sentinels on duty demanded our business. He stepped forward and said, “We wish to see the Russian prisoners. This man is a missionary: this is Mr. Upton, and I am deputy-provost; and whatever is done well, or whatever is done ill, I will be answerable for it.' The sentinels immediately stood aside, and we entered the guard-room. Here were eleven prisoners, only one of whom could read; and upon asking him if he would
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like to receive a new Testament, he expressed great desire to have it, and when I gave it in his hand he manifested much thankfulness, and said, he would not only read it himself, but would also read it aloud to the others that the Word of God might be multiplied. The officer insisted upon it that he must receive and value it as the Book of Salvation, and he replied with many expressions of gratitude for so precious a gift. And when I thanked the officer for his kind assistance in the matter, ‘Not at all,' said he, these things do me as much good as you.' And I am happy to add that I have received the same generous aid, in furtherance of my Bible efforts, from all the English officers in every department of the service. I then obtained an order from the commissariat for a return passage, and in two days reached Constantinople, where I gave a full report of my visit before the committee of the Auxiliary Bible Society, which held its meeting on Tuesday last, and so great was the interest manifested, that it was at once voted that we jointly send a colporteur to labor in that important field. I have also written to Paris, to gain permission from the Emperor for a like work of Bible distribution among the French troops, which I doubt not will be readily granted."
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CONSTANTINOPLE, Jan. 4, 1855. “This morning I have sent a small supply of Bibles and Testaments to the chaplains at the Crimea for immediate distribution, instructing that they be sold, in each instance, where the soldiers are willing to purchase, and only given in special cases of need. I find Mr. Barker, agent of the British and Foreign Bible Society here, a most excellent and efficient man; with whom I can entirely harmonize and co-operate in all my Bible movements.
“Yesterday I received a letter from Dr. King, at Athens, giving an account of the terrible ravages of cholera there for the last two months, and fully approving the wisdom of my decision in coming directly to Constantinople, as besides the great exposure of life, I could have accomplished absolutely nothing there.
He adds, moreover, that the work of issuing the modern Greek New Testament has been delayed at least two months by reason of the scourge. I deeply regret to announce the sudden death of Mrs. Everett of this mission, since I last wrote, cordially beloved by all who knew her—taken from us in the midst of youth and active usefulness, and leaving a bereaved husband and tender, sorrowing family to mourn her loss. Such are the inscrutable
of Providence to man. bow submissively to his afflictive hand, and feel
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to say, 'He doeth all things well;' "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.'
" Most sincerely yours,
"C. N. RIGHTER."
BIBLE LABORS IN TURKEY.
MR. RIGHTER reached Constantinople, on his return from the Crimea, on the last day of the year 1854. Besides attending to the distribution of the Scriptures in the hospitals and among the various classes in the city and vicinity, he commenced an effort to obtain a depository for Bibles and other religious books, which was soon successful. In a letter to the American Bible Society, dated April 19th, 1855, he speaks of the opening and of the encouragements to the circulation of the Scriptures as follows:
“The principal feature of interest in connexion with the Bible cause at Constantinople, during the present month, is the opening of our new depository to the public, for the sale of Bibles in various languages, in Pera, the Frank quarter of the city. We have obtained a large magazine in the main street, and erected a sign over the door with ‘Bible and Religious Book Depository' in large capitals upon it, and suspended another in