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FROM MY QUIVER;
THE STEEL OF TRUTH AND WINGED BY FAITH
SELECTED FROM THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF
REV. JAMES CAUGHEY.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY
REV. DANIEL WISE, D. D.
W. C. PALMER, JR., PUBLISHER,
No. 14 BIBLE HOUSE.
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Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1868, by
In the Clerk's office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
T is now twenty years since the writer made his first acquaintance with the Rev. JAMES CAUGHEY, and his very remarkable labors as a revivalist. After carefully observing Mr. C.'s methods during a revival in Providence, R. I., and in Fall River, Mass., I felt convinced that a republication of the best portions of his journals and letters, which had already appeared in England, could not fail of doing great good in this country. Guided by this conviction, I prepared a volume for the press, under the title of "Methodism in Earnest," and, in connection with the Rev. R. W. Allen, gave it to the public. Its success was immediate and complete. Thousands of copies were rapidly sold, and very soon I heard from many ministers, assuring me that the book had greatly quickened their own souls, and given them new insight into the philosophy of Scriptural revivals. They also assured me that the circulation of the book had been followed by a powerful work of God in their stations and circuits.
Confirmed by these facts in my original convictions, and encouraged by the large sale of the first volume, I made further selections from Mr. Caughey's published writings and from his manuscripts, which were also published by myself and Mr. Allen, under the titles of "Revival Miscellanies," "Earnest Christianity Illustrated," &c. The sale of these volumes was immense, and they were productive, as I was repeatedly assured, of glorious revivals of religion in many places.
In obedience to the call of the church, I came to this city nearly twelve years since, and, as required by the discipline, withdrew my connection with the publication of books. My dear friend, Mr. Allen, continued the business, and brought out still other volumes from Mr. Caughey's fertile peu, which also met with great favor from the religious public.
Meanwhile, Divine Providence kept open effectual doors for Mr. Caughey in England, where he remained for several years, laboring with his wonted success. At length it appeared to him that his future field of labor would be in this country. He returned, and a few weeks since I was agreeably surprised to see his face in my office. He informed me that he was about to issue two new volumes of selections from his journals and papers, and requested me to read them, to introduce them to the public, especially to the readers of his former works, and to render him some other trifling aids in bringing them through the press.