Romance Without Fiction: Or Sketches from the Portfolio of an Old Missionary by Henry Bleby

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Romance Without Fiction: Or Sketches from the Portfolio of an Old Missionary

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Excerpt from Romance Without Fiction: Or Sketches From the Portfolio of an Old Missionary

The writer of these pages, during forty years of missionary service, has been mixed up with a good deal of thrilling incident. He was early enough in the mission field to be an eye-witness of the fierce dying struggles of British colonial slavery, and take part in the stirring events that preceded and followed the overthrow of the unhallowed system, that made merchandise and chattels of human being. And he was personally acquainted with many of the individuals who figure in these narratives both for good and evil.

These sketches have been written at different times since 1853; some of them in Barbadoes, others in Paris, some upon the sea, and several in the Bahamas. They are not tales of fiction. All the persons mentioned in them were real actors on the stage of life; and all the events described were veritable occurrences. Should any hearts be moved to pity by reading these stories, it will not be pity wasted upon mere imaginary suffering. If tears of sympathy are called forth, they will not be shed over fanciful distress and ideal woe.

The narrative element possesses a subtle fascinating power, that accounts for the supremacy of the novel and the story above every other form of literary art.

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