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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by
DAYTON AND WENTWORTH,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
We have in this volume brought together the names of several of our most distinguished female heroines, who have toiled and suffered on heathen soil. They have been gathered from different denominations and sects, and form a galaxy of names as dear to the heart of Christianity as can be drawn from the records of earth.
The object is, to give a series of brief memoirs, in which the lives of faithful Christians shall be unfolded; impart instruction in reference to the cause of missions; inspire the heart of the reader with Christian zeal; and do justice to the memory of those who deserve more honor than the fallen warrior and the titled senator.
Most of the subjects of these sketches are well known and well beloved - women whose deeds have been recorded in high places in denominational history; and we deem it no impropriety to take them down, unwind the peculiarity of sect, and weave these honored names in one sacred wreath, that we may dedicate it to all who love the cause of missions.
The wreath may wither and fall apart, but the flowers which
compose it will not die; these sacred names shall live with immortal freshness while in the world is found a missionary church. The title is the selection of the publishers.