INTRODUCTION.


   IN consenting to write an introduction to the Autobi-
ography of one whom I have long known and honored, I
desire to say that the nineteenth century has not been
more remarkable for its discoveries in science, art, and all
forms of material progress, than it has for the moral hero-
is m of many men and women whose courage, faith, pa-
tience and self-sacrifice have done so much to promote
justice and humanity, and for the advancement of the
Redeemer's kingdom. Among these Christian patriots
there is one whose long life of consecration to the good of
his fellow men ought to be not only an example but an
inspiration to the youth of our land. John G. Fee, of
Berea, Ky., was born and raised under the influences of
slavery and was surrounded by those powerfully conserva-
tive forces that held many good men to the defense of
oppression.
  Perhaps no other institution ever did so much to pervert
all sense of justice and to deaden all feelings of compassion
as that which declares that under a republican government
men might hold their unoffending fellow men in bondage.
     "Chain them, and task them, and exact their sweat,
     With stripes that Mercy with a bleeding heart
       Weeps when she sees inflicted on a beast."
  Nay, more, it held that this right of property in man
carried with it the right to set at naught the family relation
and doom men to the perpetual ignorance of God and his
word.
  The youth of our land can have little conception of the
absolute control that half a century ago the system of
slavery had on the minds and consciences of the nation.
Nothing but a sublime faith in God enabled the men and
women of that day to cheerfully accept reproach, ostracism
and ridicule as inevitable consequences of the defense of
the poor and needy whose special claim was that they
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