May Heaven prosper them and you, and restore you to us years hence a respected member of society.

Your affectionate father,

Then there was a postscript in Christina's writing.

My darling, darling boy, pray with me daily and hourly that we may yet again become a happy, united, God-fearing family as we were before this horrible pain fell upon us. Your sorrowing but ever loving mother,


This letter did not produce the effect on Ernest that it would have done before his imprisonment began. His father and mother thought they could take him up as they had left him off. They forgot the rapidity with which development follows misfortune, if the sufferer is young and of a sound temperament. Ernest made no reply to his father's letter, but his desire for a total break developed into something like a passion. `There are orphanages,' he exclaimed to himself, `for children who have lost their parents - oh! why, why, why, are there no harbours of refuge for grown men who have not yet lost them?' And he brooded over the bliss of Melchizedek who had been born an orphan, without father, without mother, and without descent.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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