Dear Lillie I have rec'd thy postal & letter for which I am much obliged but I do not want thee to think I was "distressed" about thy religious views. I felt concerned more about myself than thee & feared that I had showed too much my own want of faith & expressed myself too freely & had so given thee a bad example. I do not suppose that any one who gives any thought to the question at all but is as times perplexed about the spiritual world & it is better to be perplexed than to be indifferent. But I feel for myself that I have no right to harbor thought which are inconsistent with the [secured] opinions of religious thoughtful men. Men who show by their lives that they are in daily communion with their Heavenly Father & so are warranted in speaking to
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