having served God and his generation. We scarcely
need sav that it was from a note written by the author
anl sbecet of this autobiography. "After having gone
in and out before the Church for fifty-four years, I am
now compelled to retire. I am now in the ncighborhood
of total blindness. My strength is ebbing out with great
rapidity. I shall soon be done with life and its cares.
While you are actively and successfully engaged in doing
the work of your great Master, I shall be sitting in my
lonely cottage, repenting of all my former wrongs, be-
lieving in Jesus Christ, and trying to love God with all
my heart. How gloomy is the end of human life, uncon-
nected with that which is to come ! MIy highest enjoy-
ment in time, next to religion, will be in going to the
house of God. It is not likely you will ever see my face
again. I have spent a long life in trying to do good,
and I am anxious to do good to the very last hour of my
life. MIy trust is in my Redeemer."
  Though the author still lingers on these mortal shores,
the calm assurance and trust here evinced betoken that
his sun of life will sink calmly and gloriously to its
repose.
  It is due to state that the general editor, in consequence
of other and imperative official duties, has been able to
give little editorial supervision to this work. But he has
been fortunate in being able to commit the matter to
Rev. Charles Adams, whose high character as a scholar
and writer, as well as a Christian minister, is an ample
guarantee for the manner in which the work has been ex-
ecuted. The manuscript was also carefully examined by
the Rev. Dr. Thomson, and the work was highly recom-
mended by him.
                                          D. W. C.
  WESTERN Boos CONCERN, JUNE 1, 1857.



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