Shall We Know One Another & Other Papers
J.C. Ryle (1816–1900) the question Shall We Know One Another?
was a heartfelt inquiry of one who buried three wives.
His first wife, Matilda, died after less than two years marriage, when
he was thirty-one. Two-and-a-half years later, he married his second
wife, Jessie, only to lay her in the grave within ten years. His third
wife, Henrietta, died after twenty-seven years of holy matrimony, when
he was seventy-two. Well could he write, “The closest relation on earth—the
marriage bond—has an end.”