A selection from a letter by Timothy Edwards, father of Jonathan Edwards, written when he was a chaplain for a colonial military expedition against Canada. The letter was written to his wife, Esther, on August 11, 1711. He asked her to give his affection to the children. Jonathan was eight years old at the time.
Remember my love to each of the children, Esther, Elizabeth, Anne, Mary, Jonathan, Eunice and Abigail. The Lord have mercy on and eternally save them all, with our dear little Jerusha. The Lord bind up their souls with thine and mine in the bundle of life… [have them] above all things to seek the grace and favor of God in Christ, and that while they are young.
Jonathan Edwards: A Life, by George M. Marsden, Yale University Press, 2003, p. 21.