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When I came into the vestry, an elderly man came in.I knew him as an old Burt man, and he said in the presence of several: "Boys a boys, it's wonderful.From the time I came to Burt, good friends were having me married to this one and the other.If there was any improvement going on at the Manse or in the Manse garden, it was surely coming now.A friend one day in Derry said to me, "You are going in the right direction now." I asked him to be sure and let me know the date in proper time.I can be quite candid in saying that I never seriously thought of marriage.When you preached for Burt, they said, don't call him, for he will not live long", and now, he said "Hamill, Dickey, Ross, Park and others are all gone and you are as vigorous as ever you were." [JVH NOTE: Hamill was the Rev. Dickey (18561915) Professor of Hebrew at Magee; Ross was the Rev.
I knew nothing about her history or mind, but soon came to see that the attraction and affection were mutual. Murphy, who was then minister of Rutland Square Presbyterian Church, Dublin, had formerly been minister of 1st Derry and had known us both - Martha through her visits to her uncle, Dr. Accordingly, Martha went to her uncle in Dublin some weeks beforehand, became a member of Rutland Square and received great kindness from Dr. I went to Dublin on 21st June, put up at the Gresham Hotel, dined that evening at the Bernards' and on the next day, 22nd June 1882, we were married in Rutland Square Church by the Rev. [JVH NOTE: He does not mention the Phoenix Park Murders, which had occurred the month before.] The sorrows and trials that came bound us together in ever increasing confidence in one another and in Our Lord.
Fowls and eggs and butter were frequent travellers towards the Manse.