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justice to his theme. His object is not to eulogize the dead, but to benefit the living, by exhibiting the value of that religion which could so wonderfully sustain the deceased amid severe and protracted sufferings, and which enabled him to anticipate the future with peace, and even with rapture. But the scenes exhibited in that chamber of affliction no power the writer possesses is adequate to describe. He feels he can never convey a just impression to those who did not witness it, of the sacred halo which surrounded that sick bed. His hand trembles as it is put forth to the task, lest this remarkable testimony to the truth and power of religion should, like a valuable gem, be spoilt in the setting. Yet he feels it an incumbent duty to make the attempt, as no one else to whom it might be delegated could have the same peculiar qualifications for it as one who, for nearly a month, was scarcely ever absent from the bedside of the departed, and who, in claiming to be regarded as a faithful narrator of facts, can at least say, “ We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen.”

In humble reliance on the Giver of all grace this volume has been prepared. It is now sent forth with earnest prayer that He would accompany its perusal with His Divine blessing, and that He would bestow, both upon writer and readers, a fulfilment of the favourite petition of him whose dying sayings it records—“ O thou to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord !”

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