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The Life of James Robertson

To say that the book is not worthy of its subject is to anticipate the verdict of every reader who knew and loved the great Superintendent. But to portray in fitting words his service and his worth, is beyond the pen of living man.

The book is my best attempt to set him forth as he was among us; not to praise him—he needs no praise-—not to tell of his character nor to describe his work, but to show him living, loving, toiling, suffering, as we saw him. It is my humble hope that this, in some measure at least, I have achieved.

I gratefully acknowledge the kindness of his family, of brethren in the ministry, of friends, and especially of conveners of committees and officials of Presbyteries and other Church courts, who have placed their correspondence at my disposal, and who have assisted much with reminiscences and appreciations. Especially and gladly do I record my debt to Mrs. H. J. Parker, of Winnipeg, for invaluable aid in arranging and classifying material, for suggestion and criticism, for reading of manuscript and proof, and for help in many ways. And all the more gladly do I acknowledge her aid, that I know it was freely given in loving and grateful tribute to him whose life-story was being recorded.

The book is sent forth in the hope that it may inspire my brethren in the ministry with something of that spirit of devotion, so free of taint of sell that made Dr. Robertson what he was, and that it may, perhaps, determine some young man who has not yet made choice of his career, to give his life to his country and his God in this great service which commanded the life of this great Canadian.


Winnipeg, November, 1908.

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