Excerpt from General Beckwith: His Life and Labours Among the Waldenses of Piedmont
Madam, - At your first entrance into life a great trial awaited you: your illustrious and venerated father, whom your birth would have filled with joy, and who would have made your happiness his constant occupation, was no longer alive.
One of the ends I proposed to myself in composing this volume was, as far as might be, to sweeten this trial, by collecting and rearranging the scattered elements of that noble existence, which I, more fortunate in this than you, was privileged to contemplate so near at hand, and for such a length of time.
Of the success of my efforts I cannot but have painful doubts.
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