this biography differs from most works of the kind, in embracing fragments of so many lives.
lived almost entirely for others; and it is a striking illustration of the fact, that I have found it impossible to write his biography without having it consist largely of the adventures of other people.
I have not recounted his many good deeds for the mere purpose of eulogizing an honored friend.
I have taken pleasure in preserving them in this form, because I cherish a hope that they may fall like good seed into many hearts, and bring forth future harvests in the great field of humanity.
Most of the strictly personal anecdotes fell from his lips in familiar and playful conversation with his sister, or his grandchildren, or his intimate friends, and I noted them down at the time, without his knowledge.
In this way I caught them in a much more fresh and natural form, than I could have done if he had been conscious of the process.
The narratives and anecdotes of fugitive slaves, which form such a prominent portion of the book, were originally written