His Influence: shown by Various Letters--From the West--From England and Germany --To U. A. W.--Patience Ford-- John Brown, the Blacksmith--To Miss Cobbe--From Mr. Buckle and Professor Gervinus.
THE wide influence which the sermons preached in the Music Hall attained, as they were scattered in volumes or the phonographic reports of newspapers, is shown in a remarkable way by the letters received by him from all quarters of the world, from persons of both sexes, and of every estate in life. If they could be published, they would create the most emphatic endorsement and guarantee of the fitness of his nature to reach the heart of mankind, and to feed its inmost longings. He was sought by young and ardent minds, during the period of transition in New England, and later in the West, when parties were changing, and old modes of thought were breaking up. They came to him as to a master: there was no reservation in the eagerness and positive abandonment of their hearts to his brotherly society. People who desired to know what were the facts about theology and religion, troubled by creeds, just cast adrift from them, and uncertain where next to go,--soldiers, students, laborers, shop. keepers, Catholics, Methodists, and members of all sects,--people with special questions about retribution, God, non-resistance, miracles, free-will, many who were in distress or uncongenial circumstances, suffering from intemperance, pining for want of remunerative labor, and all people who longed to be of service to their kind; young converts who had become suspicious of the machinery which turned them out Church members; old men, filled suddenly with profound dissatisfaction at dogmas which they fancied they believed; and whole neighborhoods speaking through their ready writer, who had been put forward to ask some news of him; it was as if a great crowd hurried towards