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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred
and sixty-two, by
HARPER & BROTHERS,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.
ABOUT one year before the Rev. Dr. Bethune went abroad and died, he asked me to aid him in preparing a biographical sketch of his mother. He desired me to read her journals, meditations, recorded prayers and letters, and from them to select such passages as might be thought useful if published as an Appendix to the Memoir. After I had completed the examination, I placed the manuscripts in his hands, with the selected passages marked; and he then wrote the Memoir which is now presented to the reader. It is his last work-a beautiful living tribute" by a gifted, affectionate son to his sainted mother. Other works of this eloquent and distinguished scholar, poet, preacher, and orator have been published, but nothing from his pen will be read with greater admiration than this simple memorial of the mother who taught him to speak.
The extracts from the writings of Mrs. Joanna Bethune, which are given as an Appendix to the Memoir, are a rich legacy to the Church. In many respects they are not less valuable and interesting