Letter from Robert D. Foster, 24 December 1839

Dear Brother
Since you left this city I have  been endeavoring to magnify my calling in  some measure, and have succeeded so far in  my work, by the assistance of God as to show  to the satisfaction of all the inmates of the  house where you left me boarding that Mor monism is no bugbear but the truths of J[es]us  Christ, as testifyed by Paul, Peter and all  the Apostles and inspired writers, You are  aware that the Lady. Mrs. Baker was very hostile  when you left, but her proud heart has come  down, and she now says she was once afraid  to have me in the house, but is now willing  I should stay. The day you left and the  next day I kept preaching in the chimney  corner, and to Mrs. Baker, who acted as though  she was possessed of Seven Devils, but I kept  a steady hand. Last night I got up and  preached till 11½ P.M., and they listened, said  they believd us verily, but they have not cour age to come out; they are going to invite their  relatives & friends so, as to give me a fair chance  to preach; they say I am the greatest preacher  they ever heard: God blessed me more in that  endeavour than I can express, yea Brothe[r] my  very heart glorifies God for his goodness. what  was said I dont know, but I do know I had  a feast, and to morrow they are going to have  three friends come and see me; that girl says  she wants to be baptized; though her Bro.  is coming <to> see her in regard to it as he is her  guardian— I pray that you would lend me  your special prayers in this matter & and  verily believe you will. As I was agoing to say  they all listened attentively, and after this I asked  God to add his blessings to what had been done and  said, and they all responded amen; they then [p. 119]
Robert D. Foster, letter, Washington DC, to JS, Philadelphia, PA, 24 Dec. 1839; handwriting of Howard Coray; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 119–122; JS Collection, CHL.