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Commissioner George Scott Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton Dies: On This Day In History, July 19

Commissioner George Scott Railton dies at age 64

“I am going to heaven. Meet me there.” –G.S. Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton dies at age 64 in Germany en route to Switzerland, in 1913. He was second in command of The Salvation Army to founder General William Booth and the first commissioner of The Salvation Army. His faithfulness and devotion to the Lord and the Army is evident in this note that he had written if ever found:
“To the police:
G.S. Railton, for years, since 1898, suffered from heart weakness.
Address: 101 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC
If found anywhere dead or unconscious please:
If dead- bury on the spot as quickly and cheaply as possible, reporting as above.
If a church close by will bury, good.
If not, do not trouble, but report.
If found unconscious, get into any hospital. I do not want to burden anyone.
You can rely on The Salvation Army to pay any really needed costs, as of a poor man, no flowers.
101 will report to my dear wife and family; but I do not want any of them to have the cost and misery of coming to bury or nurse me.
My love to everyone. Amen. I am going to heaven. Meet me there.”

On This Day In History—March 11

Just yesterday in 1880, The Salvation Army “officially” started work in the United States. Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven female officers, ‘Hallelujah Lassies,’ landed in New York City after having been sent from England by Salvation Army founder William Booth to begin their ministry in this country. Doing The Most Good!