Excerpt from The Seen and the Unseen
Writing as I do from the shire of the home and of the University which trained him for his career, I think first of his strenuous life as a schoolboy and student in conditions which demanded faith, courage, and a spirit of prayer and sacrifice, both from the students themselves and from their families. And these virtues characterised him to the end of his life. But he had in addition a genius all his own. I remember while he was still a young minister at Dufftown hearing him preach in Free St. George's, Edinburgh, and being struck, boy as I was, with the originality of his sermon. This quality he has preserved throughout. But he combined that belief in himself to which he had good right with what does not always accompany it in men of originality - a most generous power of appreciating others, and not only for their achievements, but also for their promise. His wide versatility has already had full testimony borne to it, but there were in him what do not always go with such versatility, fundamental loyalties, both to principle and practical aims for impressing these principles upon the life of his people and carrying them out in action.
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