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PREFACE.

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 ;
and both demanded so much thought and
occupied so much time, as to leave me little
opportunity for carrying it on.
put into my hands were however examined at
intervals, selections were made from them and
transcribed, and though slowly, the narrative
nevertheless proceeded; yet rather with the
hope that it might be retained in manuscript
as a family document, than with the design
of publication.

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

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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.

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