rpHE numerous friends of the author of this work
-^ will need no greater recommendation than
his name to make it welcome. Among all the
singular and interesting records to which the insti¬
tution of American slavery has given rise, we know
of none more striking, more characteristic and in¬
structive, than that of Josiah Henson.
Born a %lave—a slave in effect in a heathen
land—and under a heathen master, he grew up
without Christian light or knowledge, and like the
Gentiles spoken of by St. Paul, " without the law
did by nature the things that are written in the
law." One sermon, one offer of salvation by Christ,
was sufficient for him, as for the Ethiopian eunuch,
to make him at once a believer from the heart and
a preacher of Jesus.
To the great Christian doctrine of forgiveness of
enemies and the returning of good for evil, he was
by God's grace made a faithful witness, under cir¬
cumstances that try men's souls and make us all who
read it say, "Lead us not into such temptation."
We earnestly commend this portion of his narrative
to those who, under much smaller temptations, think
themselves entitled to render evil for evil.