Sep. 20, 1921 Germantown Adams County Pennsylvania, USA
William J. Kirkpatrick, who edited three music books for us The New Christian Hymn Book, Seventy-Seven Sweet Songs, and Praise Him is dead. A letter from his wife, written October 12, announces his death: Your letter of October 6 was received, but your friend was not here; he quietly fell asleep on September 29. I found him as I thought asleep, but he had passed on to join the heavenly choir. He was an honest and upright gentleman in all his dealings with us. He was considerate and kind, and his last letter to me suggested a compiler of music well equipped to bring out a new book for us. I rejoice that I was permitted to associate and work with him, for he was truly a great man. Mrs. Kirkpatrick sends me his last prayer:
Just as thou wilt, Lord! That is my cry Just as thou wilt, to live or to die. I am thy servant, thou knowest best; Just as thou wilt, Lord, labor or rest.
Just as thou wilt, Lord! Which shall it be, Life everlasting waiting for me, Or shall I tarry here at thy feet? Just as thou wilt, Lord, whate'er is meet.
J. C. MQ. Gospel Advocate, October 27, 1921, page 1045.