Scottish theologian and
The uneventful life of a pastor
and scholar does not generally furnish much material for biography. In Dr.
Eadie's case there is a more than usual lack of incident. He never removed from
the city where he began his ministry, and he did not connect his name with the
controversies of his time. He kept no journal, and he seldom wrote a letter
which extended beyond the limits of a hurried business note. It was,
nevertheless, believed by those who knew him best, that if the story of his
quiet and laborious life could be simply told, the record would be neither
uninteresting nor unprofitable.
In arranging the material at his disposal, the author has not followed strictly
the chronological order. Dr. Eadie wrought simultaneously in three distinct
spheres of labour, and it seemed more convenient to treat separately of his
pastorate, his professorship, and his literary work; but, at the same time, care
has been taken to trace clearly the line of his personal history.
The author returns his heartfelt thanks to all who have aided him in his work.
He is under special obligation to Mrs. Eadie for much kind assistance and
encouragement. He is deeply indebted to the authors of interesting contributions
which will be found in their appropriate places; to several members of the New
Testament Revision Company, not only for leave to make use of letters, but also
for valuable information and advice: to friends in Alva and in Cambridofe Street
and Lansdowne Churches, for assistance in collecting the facts embodied in the
chapters relating to Dr. Eadie's early life and his two pastorates; to all who
have placed letters at his disposal ; and to those who have given unwearied
assistance in the work of revising proofs.
The Photograph prefixed to this volume is by Mr. Fergus of Largs, to whom thanks
are due for the use of the negative.
St. James' Manse,
Paisley, I9th April, 1S78.
John Eadie, D.D., LL.D.
By James Brown (1878)