BY SENATOR WADE HAMPTON.
THE public are indebted for this volume to her, who, for many years, was the devoted wife, the living helpmate of its distinguished author, and this fact lends a pathetic interest to the work itself. MRS. PERRY, though advanced in years, and bowed down by a great grief, assumed the task of compiling and arranging for publication the writings of her husband, and no tribute to the memory of the dead patriot and statesman could be more appropriate, or more touching than this offered by her loving heart. No monument to perpetuate his name and his fame could so arouse the universal sympathy of our people as does this simple memorial of her devotion to him and of her reverence for his memory.
The volume now submitted to the public contains several of the addresses made by Governor PERRY on various occasions; sketches of public men; and some other papers from different sources, showing the estimation in which he was held by his fellow-citizens. Of the sketches, some have been published in local newspapers, while others have never been in print. It is deemed advisable that these writings of Governor PERRY, which will make a valuable contribution to the history of our times, should be put in some permanent and enduring form, so as to be accessible to all, and when they can instruct and benefit those to whom the destiny of our State will be committed in the future. The friends of Governor PERRY, amongst whom the whole people of his native State are included, will be pleased to see his