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FOREWORD At the meeting of the Bracken Association of Baptists, held at Millersburg, August, 1909, the writer and the Hon. John H. Jackson, of Minerva, and Mrs. Adrian B. Ratliff, of Sharps- burg, were appointed by that body as a com- mittee to solicit funds for the erection of a suit- able monument at the grave of the Rev. Lewis Craig, whose body lies buried near Minerva, Mason County. Naturally we became anxious to know some- thing about Lewis Craig, for we had heard little of him, and we must confess that our ignorance was somewhat embarrassing. Who was I to ask money to rear a monument to one of whose life and labors I knew so little On making in- quiry here and there I found that others knew no more than I, and so I sat about gathering such information as would assist me in present- ing my cause in a way that would gain the at- tention of our Baptist brethren. Then, as I proceeded with my investigations, the thought came to me that these things should be written and published, in order that all Baptists, who wish -to know, may have, in brief form, a sketch of the life, labors and character of one of our mighty heroes of faith. In pursuance of this thought we have decided to place before you the facts as gathered from many sources. We indulge the hope that, as you read, your zeal may be renewed, your in-