The generous reception accorded to my former work, the biography of that extraordinary man of God, Dr. Baedeker, has encouraged me to lift the veil still further from the heroic efforts of modern Evangelicalism in Russia.
The aim of this present work is to present an account of the advance made in that Empire since the Crimean War, towards the ideal of personal liberty in matters of religion.
Some of the stories of suffering for Christ's sake cannot be perused without keen distress; but several considerations demand that they shall be placed on record.
Of the work of God in Finland, I have given no account. Finland is not strictly within the Tsar's Empire, although it is under Russian government to some extent. The Tsar is not "Tsar" in Finland; he is "Grand Duke." The State Church in Finland is the Lutheran Church. The country is altogether more open than is Russia, to enlightened influences and Evangelistic efforts. The story of the Evangelical dissent of Finland, is distinct too from that of Russia; and I have thought it wiser, in view of the pressure of Russian matter, not to attempt to include it in this volume.