PREFACE BY THE EDITRESS.
THE Autobiography of Dr. Caldwell was composed during the
last seven or eight years of his life. It was also revised, corrected,
and prepared by himself for the press, and committed to my care,
to be preserved, and presented to the public, when the proper
time should arrive for its publication. It was my earnest wish
to leave it untouched by any other hand. On submitting it, how-
ever, to friends and publishers, it was pronounced somewhat too
voluminous to be printed entire; and it became necessary, there-
fore, to abstract from it such portions as could best be removed,
without detracting from the interest and character of the work.
Wholly unaccustomed to such an office, and entirely unassisted
in i;Q execution, I am not without serious apprehensions that the
task may have been very imperfectly performed. I make this
statement, therefore, in order that, if there should appear in the
body of the work, any discrepancy or other imperfection of
manner or matter, it may be attributed to the true cause; for the
work, as given from the hand of its author, was singularly con-
gruous and complete.
It was my original intention to append to the author's name,
on the title-page of this book, all the degrees and titles of honor
which have been conferred upon him by the numerous universi-
ties and societies, literary, scientific, and philosophical, of which
he was a member, both at home and abroad.
Finding them, however, to be inconveniently numerous, and
remembering, moreover, that, in his lifetime, he took no pains to