LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
iv PREFACE. times saddening to think that a long life of unre· corded benefactions should have no memorial. But this thought is not true to fact. No word of a loving heart, no act of a helping hand, is lost ; and their results, as wrought into the lives of men, are worthier memorials than the page that rehearses them or the tablet that commemorates them. Still, in the preparation of these pages, which necessarily record one act of a life which, to those who knew it, was but the sum of such, it has been a pleasure to the son to throw as it were this side light upon a noble nature without violating a father's wishes. ARTHUR SHERBURNE HARDY. HANOVER, N. H., May 21, 1891.