I received thy letter just a few days before my [?] & hope thee will think that a sufficient excuse for my not answering it sooner. I was very sorry that thee could not be present on that occasion & I entertained some slight hopes that thee might possibly come even on the day itself but I did not see thee or thy mother the latter I expected fully. But though dear Clemmie it was truly a season of joy to me yet I could sympathize & take joy in it too, for I saw in it the earnest of future joy to thee. I was very glad thee told me about it. Very glad indeed & I hope thee will be led into the perfect light & freedom which there is in Christ. I say I hope but I know thee will if thee gives thyself up to the guidance of Gods Spirit. When I first thought on this subject I know
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