It seems but fitting, that I should preface this story of my life,
with a few words of introduction.
The desire to leave behind me some reflection of my life, has been
cherished by me, for many years past; but failing strength and
increasing infirmities have prevented its accomplishment.
At my suggestion and with what assistance I have been able to render
my son Revd. Charles Edward Stow, has compiled from my letters and
journals, this biography. It is this true story of my own words, and
has therefore all the force of an autobiography.
It is perhaps much more accurate as to detail & impression than is
possible with any autobiography, written later in life.
If these pages, shall lead those who read them to a firmer trust in
God and a deeper sense of this fatherly goodness throughout the days
of our Earthly pilgrimage I can stay with Valient for Faith in the
I am going to my Father's & this with great difficulty. I am got
hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the troubles I have been
at, to arrive where I am.
My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage & my
courages & skills to him that can get it.