Dumb Boy’s Examination
from David Leach:
A clergyman once paid a visit to a deaf and dumb asylum in London, for the express purpose of examining the children in the knowledge they possessed of Divine truth.
A little boy, on this occasion, was asked in writing, "Who made the world?"
He took up the chalk, and wrote underneath the question, "in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
The clergyman then inquired in a similar manner, "Why did Jesus Christ come into the world?"
A smile of delight and gratitude rested on the countenance of the little fellow, as he wrote, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners."
A third question was the proposed, eminently adapted to call his most powerful feelings into exercise: "Why were you born deaf and dumb, while I can hear and speak?" "Never" said an eyewitness "shall I forget the look of holy resignation and chastened sorrow which sat on his countenance as he took up the chalk and wrote, "Even so Father, for it seemed good in thy sight."
Kazlitt, Arvine, Cyclopedia of Moral and Religous Anecdotes, Funk & Wagnalls, 1890, pg. 407