Thomas Russell was an early Primitive Methodist Minister and this volume brings together three separate works which he authored.
“Brother Russell,… I wish you to commit to the press a history of your life, that the next generation may have something to look at when you are gone. Mind, I request that you will print the whole of your labours, and see to it yourself.” So spoke Hugh Bourne to Thomas Russell at their last meeting. Sixteen years later the first of the books here reprinted was published.
Thomas Russell recalls in the Introduction: “And now, though sixteen years have passed away, Mr. Bourne’s injunction is still fresh in my memory, and I venture to write down as much as seems to me of utility. And I trust thus will reach the eye of some pious, enterprising, vigorous youth, who may be made a blessing by his labours, and may more efficiently carry out the great work, and do more good than ever I have seen.
“Dr. Clarke said, ‘the reading the life of David Brainerd made me a missionary;’ and, I may remark, the reading our Magazines and Lorenzo Dow’s Journals had a like effect on me. I trust that these pages may have a similar influence, then all the cost and labour will be amply repaid.”