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Part I. Sketch of the Life of Chauncy Maples
Part II. Sketch of the Life (continued)
Part III. Selections from His Letters and Journals
Part IV. Notes and Memories by Workers for Africa and Africans
IN this sketch of my brother's life and collection of his letters, I have striven to be brief, for the breathless end of the nineteenth century seems more than ever to call for brevity, not only as the soul of wit, but of all things. Therefore, though with regret, I have omitted all extracts from my brother's earlier letters, and have confined them strictly to the African period, which, however, comprised nearly all his manhood.
It is possible that this volume may be followed later on by one consisting entirely of his own writings. The diary of his journey to Meto, for instance, a journey merely mentioned in this book, is full of interest for the student of African travel.
I wish to thank warmly several friends who have helped me in the preparation of this book for the press. The Rev. John Moore Lester has most kindly gone over the whole manuscript and given valuable advice, more especially in that most thankless of tasks--cutting down. Miss Woodward, of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa, has corrected the spelling where necessary of the African names, whilst she and several other members of the Mission have kindly contributed pages of reminiscences.
I would draw special attention to the letters of the two African teachers, Eustace Malisawa and Augustine Ambali.
Miss Palmer, of the Universities' Mission, has allowed her photograph of Archdeacon Maples and the Rev. W. P. Johnson to be reproduced for this book. My thanks are due to her for this courtesy, as also to Messrs. Elliott and Fry for allowing their photograph of the Bishop to be reproduced. And lastly, to my brother-in-law, Mr. Charles Medd, who has kindly prepared the Index.