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Source Notes: From: "A Familiar Preface" A Personal Record, 1923 Joseph Conrad (page 16 of A Personal Record (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad) (Hardcover)) - thanks Tom!
Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 - March 8, 1887) was a theologically liberal American Congregationalist clergyman and reformer, and author who was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the eighth of nine children of Lyman Beecher by his first wife (and the eighth of thirteen children in all). One of his elder sisters was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.