THIS brief record of a good man's life, as missionary, has been written in compliance with the expressed wish of that revered Father in God, Bishop Atkinson.
Materials for the volume have been most kindly provided by a number of prominent clergymen, contemporaries of the Rev. Mr. Skiles in the Diocese of North Carolina. Among these may be named the Rev. Dr. Watson, now Bishop Watson of East Carolina, the Rev. Dr. Jarvis Buxton, the Rev. Henry H. Prout, the Rev. Dr. George Wetmore, and the Rev. William Glennie French.
To Mr. George N. Evans, the zealous layman, the faithful friend and fellow-labourer of the Rev. Mr. Skiles, the editor is also largely indebted for many details regarding the daily life of the missionary, and the country over which he travelled.
July 15, 1889.