Excerpt from Memoir of Rev. David Millard: With Selections From His Writings
Biography is a species Of composition much admired and sought after. It is therefore highly important that the characters Of-those persons whose lives are delineated in this form Of written narrative, should either possess many points of excellence worthy of study and imitation, or, if descript ive of vicious persons, their vices should be set forth in such a way as to lead the young to detest and shun them.
He whose life is sketched in this volume has said: The faithful biography of a good man, in every sense, confers a benefit upon society. It holds up an example of the past as a burning and shining light to the future. It presents a mirror into which others may look, and there see their true character reﬂected, admire, and resolve to imitate.
The subject of this Memoir was a man who possessed at least some of the elements Of true greatness; and it is thought that his valuable services in society, and especially in the denomination to which he belonged, Should not be suffered to live merely in the recollection of the passing generation. Hence this volume has been Written.
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