actual value to me as a preacher of Christian truth from Amanda
Smith than from any other one person I had ever met.
Throughout Mrs. Smith's stay in India she was always cheerful
and hopeful. In this respect, too, she differed from most visitors
to our great empire. Some adopt gloomy views as they look at the
weakness of Christianity, and observe the stupendous fortifica¬
tions which have been reared by the followers of the various false
religions of the people.
Some even yield to despair, and refuse to believe that India
ever can be saved or even benefited, while only a very few are able
to believe not only that India will yet become a Christian empire,
but that Christ will yet lift up the people of this land, and so rev¬
olutionize or transform society as it exists to-day, as to make the
people practically a new people.
Our good Sister Amanda Smith never belonged to any of these
She sometimes was touched by the pictures of misery which
she saw around her, but never became hopeless. She was of cheer¬
ful temperament, it is true, but aside from personal feeling, she
always possessed a buoyant hope and an overcoming faith, which"
made it easy for her to believe that the Saviour, whom she loved
and served, really intended to save and transform India.
Soon after Mrs. Smith's visit to India, another Virginian vis¬
ited Calcutta on his way around the gl^be This was Mr. Moncure
These two persons, Mrs. Smith and Mr. Conway, were repre¬
sentative Virginians. They had been born in the same section of
the country, brought up as Methodists, and were thoroughly ac¬
quainted, one by observation and the other by experience, with
the terrible character of the American slave system.
Mr. Conway in early life was for several years a Methodist
preacher, but by his own published confession he never compre¬
hended what the true spirit of Methodism was. He was at one
time a well known and somewhat popular Unitarian minister, but
finding the Unitarians too narrow and orthodox for a man of his
liberal mind, he set up an independent church or organization of
some kind, in London, and preached to an obscure little congrega¬
tion for a number of years, until his last experiment ended in con¬
His recorded impressions received in India were of the most