BRETHREN of superior wisdom, and on whose judgment
I rely, having urged me to give the world the benefit of
my father's autobiography, I have endeavored to answer
their wishes, though in an imperfect manner; and in the
form of this unpretending volume to give mankind a
part of the experiences of one whose toils and travels
in the cause of his Master began almost with the begin-
ning of the present century, and have continued well-
nigh to the present day. Abundant material has been
at hand, in the form of letters, and articles from our
periodicals, to make a volume twice as large as this;
but we have chosen to give his own account of his
work, and as nearly as possible in his own language,
leaving men to form their own judgment concerning his
eventful life. We regret that the plan of this volume
has made it necessary to cut off so many chapters and
parts of chapters of his autobiography, which might
have been interesting and profitable to the reader.
Doubtless there will be found many errors in the book,
but we think they are not of a nature to impair its use-
fulness. As it is, we commit it to the world, praying
that it may be as good seed sown in good ground, bring-
ing fruit abundantly to the praise of God.