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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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discourse that he was ninety-five years old; related his
religious experiences, telling how his spiritual
agony and afflictions were so extreme as to drive
him almost to self-murder; and lastly told of his
feelings when the comprehension of Christ and
salvation through Him became clear to his
understanding. “The whole world became changed to
me,” continued he; “everything seemed as if newborn
and beaming with new beauty. Even the companion
of my life, my wife, seemed rejuvenated,
and shone before me in fresh beauty, and I could
not help saying to her, ‘Of a truth, my wife, I love
thee!’” A young woman on the bench where I
sat bent down, almost choked with laughter. I
bent down also, but to shed tears, which pleasure,
sympathy, my own life’s experience, and the living,
childlike description, so faithful to nature, had
called forth.

Columbia, South Carolina, May 25. The
voyage up the Savannah River, which I had been
warned against as slow and monotonous, was more
agreeable than I can tell. The weather was charming,
and as the stream was strong and the river
swollen from the spring floods, the voyage was
slow; I had plenty of time to observe the banks
between which the river wound, and though mile
after mile and hour after hour presented me with

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