A selection from a letter by Robert Murray M'Cheyne, to Rev. Patrick L. Miller, who had just been called to be the minister of the church in Wallacetown, located in south west Scotland. The letter was written on September 18, 1840:
I cannot tell you how sincerely I thank God for the event of this evening. You are unanimously chosen minister of Wallacetown. I have already been on my knees to praise God for it, and to pray that you may be filled with the Holy Spirit for this glorious work… The Lord humble, empty, satisfy, and fill you – make you a Boanerges and a Barnabas all in one. May the Lord arise, and His enemies be scattered; and may poor parched Angus become like the garden of the Lord.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne: Memoir and Remains, Andrew A. Bonar, first published in 1884, reprinted by the Banner of Truth, 1966, p. 190.