A Busy Life
H. F. Wallace
Excerpt from A Busy Life: A Tribute to the Memory of the Rev. David A. Wallace, D.D., LL. D., First President of Monmouth College
It is with feelings of diffidence that I present this volume to the public. Few will, perhaps, see more defects than myself. Yet I feel that it is going among friends - among those who knew Dr. Wallace, and who desire some memorial of him. This, however, can be but a feeble one. His lasting memorial is written upon the hearts of the sons and daughters of Monmouth College. I therefore send this volume, not into the cold, cynical world, to be judged by merciless critics, but I send it especially to those who knew him, and had learned to love him, and who will refrain from passing a critical judgment.
The difficulty of gathering material for such a work as this can only be known.by those who have themselves undertaken a similar task. His busy life left him no time for writing long letters, only short business ones, and very little in the form of a diary. In 1873 his residence was destroyed by fire, and most of his manuscript sermons and lectures were burned. Very few of his sermons, in later years, were written in full. The matter from which choice was made for Part II. was consequently limited.
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