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The publication A.B. Simpson: His existence and paintings reveals the biography of evangelist and founding father of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

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We were brought up according to the strictest Puritan formulas. When we did not go to church on Sunday in the family wagon, a distance of nine miles, we were all assembled in the sitting room, and for hours father, mother, or one of the older children read in turn from some good old book that was far beyond my understanding. It gives me a chill to this day to see the cover of one of those old books, such as Boston’s Fourfold State, Baxter’s Saints’ Rest, or Doddridge’s Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul, for it was with these, and such as these, that my youthful soul was disciplined.

At the same time there must have been a strong current of faith and a real habit of prayer in my college life, for God did many things for me which were directly supernatural and to me at the time very wonderful. There was a system of college scholarships, or bursaries, consisting of considerable amounts of money, which were given to the successful student in competitive examinations. I set my heart on winning some of these scholarships, not merely for the honor, but for the pecuniary value, which would be about sufficient to meet what was lacking in my living expenses.

He was delicate in health and died at the age of forty-seven. “We had a little sister, Elizabeth Eleanor, born on Albert’s birthday, December 15, 1852, of whom he was exceedingly fond, but she was taken from us when less than four years old. A baby brother died at birth. ” CHAPTER 2 PERSONAL REMINISCENCES AT the urgent request of friends, Dr. Simpson began an autobiography and wrote a few pages, sketching in his racy style some of the events of his early years. His disinclination to speak of himself, which was a noteworthy characteristic, overcame him, and he left us only what follows in this chapter and a few paragraphs which appear in the story of his college days.

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