Albany April 25th 1834
To William & Ann Hayes and their children & Leah & Jane
Dear Brother & Sisters, You may judge what joy it gave us
when we received your letter when we inform you that we had
almost concluded that you had forgotten us. We frequently
heard of our friends receiving letters from you but we
received none. Neither could we learn your address so that
we could direct a letter to you informing you that we were
still in existence and in Albany, for we have seen none of
our friends to whom you wrote. Your letter literally
fulfilled the declaration of Scripture "as cold water
is to the thirsty soul so is good news from a far country."
We rejoiced that you have all recovered your health so far
as you have. Leah must take very good care of her
health. Health is one of the most precious earthly
blessings which God gives unto his people in this life.
Blessed be his name we have enjoyed since we saw you last
better health in our family than what we did for some years
before, and we are all now in pretty good health, and so are
our friends as far as we know but we have not heard from
Galway very lately.
It would certainly be very pleasant, as well as
profitable for your souls if you could enjoy preaching or
society keeping where you are. If you cannot enjoy, with
men on the footing of Gods Covenanted truth, communion and
fellowship, we entreat you ardently, seek it earnestly and
fervently with your and covenant God, for none ever seek it
in vain with him "He is ever nigh to them that call on him
in truth that on him call. God grant unto us one and all
communion and fellowship with him.