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NEARLY six years have elapsed since the death of my revered friend whose memoirs are now committed to the press. The question may very naturally be asked, why if the intention were entertained of making them public it has not been fulfilled before? The truth is, that the intention was originally entertained and subsequently abandoned.
Shortly after a commencement had been made with the compilation, my public duties The papers
multiplied beyond all my former experience ;
When at length however it was completed, and had been read by a few of those who knew Mr. Gutteridge most intimately, the
desire was revived in their minds that the
Christian church or that portion of it, at least, in the communion of which he had
of reviewing his character, and the benefit to be derived from the contemplation of his example.
Mr. Gutteridge lived to so great an age that he survived almost all the contemporaries of his earlier years, and the circle has grown
rarrower since his decease. But few remain
who will read these pages with personal
recollections of what he was in the meridian
of his manhood, and fewer still in his manhood's prime. The number, however, is not small of those who have heard of him as a
Christian, distinguished in his day by his eminent position and usefulness, and it may not be without its advantages if some who never knew him, except by reputation, should form a posthumous acquaintance with one so worthy, in many respects, of their imitation.