OBSERVATIONS AND EXPERIENCES FOR THIRTY-
TWO YEARS IN NEBRASKA;
SKETCHES AND INCIDENTS TOUCHING THE DIS-
COVERY, EARLY SETTLEMENT, AND
DEVELOPMENT OF THE
REV. HENRY T. DAVIS,
OF THE NEBRASKA CONFERENCE.
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them;
and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
-ISAIAH xxxv, I.
time before his death, the late Dr. W. B. Slaughter had in
contemplation the writing of a book on Nebraska. He requested me, as
I was one of the first pioneers, to furnish him material touching the
early settlement of the Territory. The request was complied with, and
a limited amount furnished. He afterward said: "You have not
furnished me the tithe of what I expected; I shall expect a great
deal more from you." Soon after this remark he was called to his
Later, one of the leading members of the Nebraska Conference said to me: "You owe it to the Church and posterity to leave in permanent form your early experiences and observations in Nebraska." A leading pastor in a sister denomination of the State suggested the same thing, and similar suggestions have been made by others. These remarks impressed me with the thought that perhaps I did owe it to the
Church and the world to follow out their suggestions; hence this
I give this unpretentious book to the world, earnestly praying the blessing of God upon every one who may chance to read its pages. If it shall be the means, in the hands of God, of leading a soul to Christ, or a believer up to a higher plane of religious experience or to more active service for the Master, my labor shall not be in vain.
H. T. DAVIS.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, June 4, 1890.