terest in true heroism be kindled anew, and
that, if no more, you may gladly assist us in
this -work of honoring "our dead", who, though
dead, yet speaks to us of the great mission of
life-that of publishing the Glad Tidings of
Good News, and of living and laboring for the
churches of God.
This monument should be raised to that
grand old Baptist hero-should have been
raised long ago, for it is not to our honor as
Baptists as lovers of that soul-liberty for
which Lewis Craig fought and suffered-that
his grave remain unmarked. We should do
this not only in his honor, but for the sake
of the glorious cause that fired his very soul, the
proclamation of which led his persecutors to
hound him to jail, in an effort to silence his
mighty voice in the great conflict for religious
and civil liberty.
You may say-men do say-
"Each man makes his own Stature, builds himself.
Virtue alone outbuilds the Pyramids;
Her monuments shall last when Egypt's fall."
Lewis Craig built his own monument, and it
shall "last when Egypt's fall"; but let us build
one that the eye of man may see, and call to
mind the glorious life of our most illustrious
dead; and it may chance that the one who sees
may be awakened to higher things in life, for-
"The aspiring soul is fired to lofty deeds
By great men's monuments, and they make fair
And holy to the pilgrim's eye the earth
That has received their dust."