Retta Dixon's speech, Jimmy Governor - Chief of Sinners, is published on this blog with the permission of the copyright holder, the Long family. Not to be republished elsewhere without the permission of the Long family.

... The enemy of souls upset Jimmy twice during his last five weeks and he gave way to temper. It was pitiful to see his sorrow for his sin. After the last little outburst and he had confessed it to his Advocate with the Father, I asked him had the Lord restored to him the joy of his salvation, and his reply was, "Not quite Miss, but I trust."

He gave me several messages for his people, asking them to yield to the Saviour and ask Him to control their tempers, for he said, "My temper brought me here." His last message to them was, "Tell them I am happy because my sin is forgiven; I will meet them in heaven; I was a dreadful sinner, the very worst, the chiefest of sinners, I don't deserve as much as a dog to enter Heaven, yet God loved me and had mercy on me and has forgiven me, and it makes me happy to think I will see Him and meet them there."

Jimmy had brothers and sisters and he became full of deep concern for them. I showed him that he could pray for them - his prayers at first were very short and halting, but soon they became "Intercession" and he poured out his soul before God for his brothers and sisters, and gave me messages for them. He charged me to warn them and others of their awful danger. I told him I would do all I could to give to his people the knowledge of the Saviour.

(Many years have since gone by - his prayers are answered, and some of the family have joined Jimmy in the Lord's presence and two who remain are saved by God's grace.)

He grew in confidence towards the Lord as the days went by, and he also spent [word crossed out] as a little child - simple, and loveable and docile. He loved God's Word and the warder tole me he spent many hours into the night pouring over it; when I first saw him he could only pick out letters and the smallest words, but he could read quite well before the end.

He asked the forgiveness of the warders whom he had resisted and treated with insolence in the beginning, and perhaps the most touching of all was that after his reconciliation with God he sent for the Chaplain.

When Canon Rich interviewed me with regard to my visitation of Jimmy Governor he told me that he was at his wit's end. He had never had anything to do with Aborigines and did not know how best to handle him. The day before my letter had reached him, Jimmy had thrown his stool at him and hit him on the head, and told him he did not want him coming there.

The dear old man was trying to find out if Jimmy knew anything whatever of God and asked the question, "Who made you?" Jimmy flew into a rage, and lifted the stool and threw it at him, saying, "Didn't I have a mother as well as you?"

But now Jimmy was changed, and he understood the Chaplain's good intentions and asked that he might see him. Canon Rich came, and Jimmy begged his forgiveness and asked him to come daily to see him, and he was much helped by the Chaplain's sympathy and ministrations.

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