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William R Featherstone (Featherston?) died 5/20/1873 at Montreal, Quebec, Canada – the “R” stood for Ralph or Rolf.  He was born there, 7/23/1846 (be aware that some question both his birth & death dates). What is not questioned, is his membership in the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Montreal.

William was only 16 when he wrote his famous “My Jesus, I Love Thee.”  One source has guessed that this poem (which became a hymn when Adoniram Gordon supplied the music) was written at/near the time of William’s conversation.  He sent a copy of it to an aunt in California who urged its publication.  This is his only known song – – – Friend, what is the one thing for which we will be remembered?

“A talented & tender-hearted actress was passing along a city street. Seeing a sick girl lying on a couch within the half-open door of a dwelling, she entered, thinking her vivacity & pleasant conversation might cheer the invalid. The sick girl was a devoted Christian & her words, patience, submission & heaven-lit countenance, so showed her religion that the actress soon had earnest thoughts about, was converted to & became a true follower of Christ. She told her father, the leader of the theater troupe, of her conversion & desire to abandon the stage knowing she could not live a Christian life & be an actress. He was astonished & told her their living would be lost & business ruined, if she persisted in her resolution. Loving her father she was shaken a little in purpose & partially consented to fill the published engagement to be in a few days. Every preparation was made for the play. The evening came & the father thought he had won back his daughter. A large audience assembled, the curtain rose & the young actress stepped forward firmly amid the applause. But a new light beamed from her beautiful face. Amid the breathless silence of the audience, she repeated: ‘My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine; For Thee all the follies of sin I resign; My gracious Redeemer, my Saviour art Thou; If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now’ – that was all. Christ had conquered & leaving the audience in tears, she retired from the stage, never to appear upon it again. Her father was converted & through their evangelistic labors many were saved.” Sankey, pp. 198-9 (edited)  

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