A LETTER FROM HANNAH BEAN TO ELIZA GURNEY, 4th MO. 16th,
1881, ON THE OCCASION OF E.G.'S 80TH BIRTHDAY.
Memoir and Correspondence of Eliza P. Gurney. Edited by Richard Mott. Philadelphia: J.B.
Lippincott and Co., 1884.
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Beloved Friend, - Our thoughts have been much with thee of late, and ever with the heart-cheering
feeling that, although feebleness of body may be thy portion, yet He who has so eminently been "the
health of thy countenance and thy God" has thee so safely sheltered under His almighty wing that
the strength of His spirit is thine. Faithfully has thou laboured for thy King while health and
strength were given; now He has drawn thee aside to the holy mount, where, as He prompts the
vocal or unuttered prayers for the Church and the individual workers in the vineyard, they arise as
sweet incense, "golden vials full of odors." for the Church's sake, we long that thou mayst tarry
long in the land of Beulah; but earnest is the prayer of my heart that our Father will send many and
continually brighter tokens of His love to thee, both instrumentally through the dear ones who daily
minister to thee, and absent ones who cherish thy image, and ever by His own best gift of Himself.
"I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy name is continually before me." Purchased,
redeemed, sanctified, what can we ask more for thee but that patient endurance of the last tests may
be rewarded with His peace here and crown hereafter?