John Todd: The Story of His Life Told Mainly by Himself

John Todd: The Story of His Life Told Mainly by Himself

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John Todd: The Story of His Life Told Mainly by Himself

John Todd: The Story of His Life Told Mainly by Himself

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Autobiography is, probably, on the whole, the most satisfactory form of a story of a life. Doctor Todd never wrote an autobiography, or even kept a diary; but in his published writings, under various disguises, and in his letters, a great mass of which are in preservation, he has told in his own language the different parts of the story which it has been the task of the compiler to find and knit together. In the accounts of the contests and troubles through which Doctor Todd passed in two of his ministries, the editor does not profess to have given a strictly accurate and impartial history. He has allowed Doctor Todd to give his version of the story, because the man, if he is to be judged fairly, must be considered in the light of things as they seemed to him. At the same time, the editor has no reason to think that the accounts are in any respect essentially incorrect. His chief care has been to cut out all names and personal allusions which might hurt the feelings of the living, or do injustice to the dead, or tend to revive controversies which had now much better be left to oblivion, except so far as a general view of them is necessary to throw light upon the character which they . . .

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