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Has she virtues ?-what filial hand can paint them ? And yet the holy office has been undertaken of perpetuating a mother's memory! It seemed proper that some individual should weave together the incidents of a life too interesting and instructive to be altogether lost. Who so fitted for the work, as one who had knowu her so long, and had known her so well ? The absence of the present Memoir from the biography of the Christian church-imperfectly as its materials are compiledthe writer, with lowliness, hesitates not to say, would have been a real and serious loss. The memorial of a life so unreservedly consecrated to God, -the publication of a correspondence, so rich in Christian experience, and replete with Christion comfort, must, with God's blessing, be greatly and extensively useful. To retain and perpetuate, therefore, something of that bright spirit that has passed away, and which itself could not be retained, -to catch the mantle as it fell in its celestial flight, and pass it down, a sacred and precious heirloom, to the Christian church, were a solemn and imperious duty, from which no conviction of inability or sense of unworthiness should be allowed to shrink.
There were difficulties in the accomplishment of the work, other than those inseparable from its peculiar nature. It was found impossible to give that fulness to the biography, that was desired, without involving allusion to the living. Personal references to some who survive,---increasingly to feel how irreparable is their loss,—have already insinuated themselves into the volume to a greater extent and more prominently than either the judgment or taste of the compiler approved. They were, however, so closely interlaced with her writings as to render a separation difficult, if not impossible, without essentially impairing their beauty and effect.
The destruction, by her own hands, of one of her earliest and most important private journals, together with a large mass of letters of a deeply interesting and circumstantial character, deprives the work of that completeness of consecutive and incidental history which the editor would like to have preserved. The habit, too, of not dating many of her letters, and jottings in her diary, would greatly have embarrassed the chronological arrangement of the matter, (and may possibly have done so to some slight extent,) but or the events themselves, which have formed tolerably correct landmarks, guiding our course along the stream of her life.
Painfully trying to his feelings, and physically exhausting, as the work has been, it is not without some regret that his task is concluded. Not only has he counted it an honour-the least in his father's house to have been intrusted with an office so responsible and sacred, but the prosecution of his work has conferred a happiness hallowed and indescribable. It has been to him, in many a still hour of night, like a prolongation of personal communion with her pure and glorified spirit, thus "preventing the feeling of entire disruption, and forming a kind of intermediate stage between her society in this world and the everlasting union of heaven.'
Acknowledgments are due to those of her correspondents who have kindly furnished for the Memoir letters in their possession. It has been, necessarily, but to a limited extent that the compiler has been able to avail himself of these invaluable treasures. He hopes, however, to follow the present volume with a second one, composed entirely of selections from his mother's unpublished remains, in which many of these letters
The work-already and solemnly dedicated to the TRIUNE God-is now humbly laid at the feet of Christ's ONE church, with the fervent prayer, that the example which it presents of a LIVING FAITH, and of a CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY may in. struct, comfort, and animate many saints in their Christian course; and thus bring honour and praise to Him whom, liv. ing, it was her supreme delight to serve; and whom, though dead, through these memorials, she still may glorify.
“Oh, cherish'd and revered ! fond memory well
God's Adjustment of His People to their Position-Her Illness--Captain Winslow's
Her Thoughts on Spiritual Subjects-Communion with God-Dr. Love_Letter to
her Son H. J. W.--Letter to her Son R. F. W.-Her Thoughts on Prophetic