The Christian Index.
The Union of
South-Western Baptist, of Alabama The Christian Herald, of Tennessee.
Vol. 51 -- No. 27 Franklin Printing House, Atlanta, Ga., Thursday, July 11, 1872. Whole No. 2627.
Pg. 1 (This is not the entire newspaper but the articles with names and information I thought could be of interest to genealogy researchers.)
The Past! The Dead!
Mrs. A. P. Hill--Dear Friend : Unfolding my Index to-day, I found a little Extra in regard to your life of Dr. Dawson. I congratulate you upon having finished this "labor of love," and hope it may be useful, not only in perpetuating the memory of your noble, gifted brother, but also prove an instrument of accomplishing much good in the cause to which he devoted his last energies. The life of the minister who baptized me, written by the sister who taught me in Sabbath school, is a book which I shall highly prize. I am sure I shall find much pleasure in its perusal.
I have long intended writing you, not that I have ever had anything of particular interest to communicate, but affectionately remembering you as my faithful, efficient Sabbath school teacher, I desired to give you some expression of my regard. Long years have passed since the gladsome days, when, Sabbath after Sabbath, a company of young girls met at the old Baptist Church, in LaGrange, and ranging themselves on the back pews, listened to words of instructions from your faithful lips. Yes, long years have passed, but they have not effaced impressions made in that Sabbath school. They are to last through time and eternity. I am not much given to retrospection, but sometimes when I think of those dear old days, an involuntary sense of sadness will steal over me. How many loved forms who gathered with us then to impart or receive instruction concerning heavenly things now "rest from their labors?" Of our class I know of only one, little Sis Amoss, who has been called form earth. You doubtless remember with what triumphant joy she passed the "dark river." As far as I know the remaining members of the class are animated with a like precious hope--may it sustain each one of us in the last trying hour.
My dear friend, it is a glorious thing to die supported by the comforting presence of the Blessed Saviour. Such a death I witnessed a few months ago, as standing by the bedside of my dear father, I listened to his last words. Death came to him, not as the "King of Terrors," but as a heavenly messenger setting the captive free. It was a privilege for which I can never be sufficiently thankful, to watch the holy calm of my dear parent, as facing death he exhorted those around to live so as to meet him in the better land. To my agonized mother he said, "Be of good cheer, dear, be of good cheer. The Lord will take care of you. You have been the best of wives, and have done for me all you could. Do not be distressed about me." He greatly enjoyed listening to the songs, "The Land of Beulah," "Shall we gather at the River?" and "Why should we start and fear to die?" Mrs. Ferrell then asked him if there were any other song, he would like to hear sung? Sing "Nearer my God to Thee," and this was the last song that fell on his mortal ears. A short time before he died he suddenly looked all around him with a brightened expression, and asked, "What's that?" Then, answering his own question he said in tones indescribably sweet, "Angels are around this bed." "yes, " I said, "this is the very gate of heaven;" and my dear friend, so I felt it to be. I cannot describe my feelings at that supreme moment. Gratitude for God's faithfulness to my dying father was the prevailing emotion of my heart. His devotion to the church was strong in death. "Tell the Church farewell," he said, "and tell all the members, brethren and sisters, black and white, to meet me in Heaven." But I could not tell you all the precious words that fell from his dying lips, and which I cherish in my heart and ponder day and night. He is forever at rest, and I hope some day we shall all meet him on the bright, shining shore, where "the perpetuity of bliss is bliss." Until then, let us be content to labor on, trying, as best we can, to improve whatever talents may have been entrusted to us.
You, of course, have read, "Bringing in Sheaves?" Have you attained to the "Rest of Faith," as Mr. Earle terms it? It is certainly a glorious thing to be thus poised above the cares of this life, securely resting on the wings of faith, and happy in the Saviour's love, to know no fear of falling. I hope you have obtained this joyful rest, though for myself I cannot claim it.
Affectionately, Your Friend, S. C. T.
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Editor: Rev. D. Shaver, D. D.
Rev. J. J. D. Renfroe, Talladega, Ala.
Rev. S. Henderson, D. D., Jacksonville, Ala.
We gave four days to the first Commencement of the University in its new home. Unfortunately, we suffered under physical indisposition, and have not been able to prepare a suitable report of the occasion. But an alumnus of the Institution has kindly supplied our unavoidable lack of service in that regard, and we invite the attention of the reader to his report, which appears elsewhere.
The Commencement exercises were of a character to place the local reputation of the University on sure footing. Their annual return will rank among red-letter days in the calendar of Macon society. The Telegraph & Messenger, not extravagantly, said of them: "Ralston's Hall, last night, showed a brilliant array of the beauty and fashion and intellect of Georgia. Mercer may well be proud of her formal inauguration among our people, with the prestige and glory of many years resting upon her honored head. Transplanted to a wider sphere of usefulness, from this hour new triumphs and grander achievements await her. With a faculty now complete in numbers, and not surpassed in erudition and administrative ability at the South, an exhaustive curriculum covering every department of knowledge, and new fields of science, embracing law, physic, and divinity, soon to be developed, nothing remains to cap the climax of her fame but the speedy occupation of her palatial halls of learning, and the generous support of the public. The entire programme of the evening was deeply interesting."
Among the Baptist ministers present, we recall the names of Revs. J. H. DeVotie, D. D., B. F. Tharpe, J. G. Ryals, P. B. Robinson, H. C. Hornady, S. Boykin, G. F. Cooper, G. T. Wilburn, A. R. Callaway, T. H. Morgan, D. D., G. R. McCall, N. M. McCall, Jr., F. M. Haygood, W. H. McIntosh, D. D. There are many others -- especially in the list of alumni-- who should not have been absent; and we hope that each successive year will manifest a steady improvement in this regard. These Commencements ought to be annual reunions of the alumni; and their reunions should be the occasion of renewed interest in the University and of wise counsel for its welfare. Half the strength of an Institution of learning lies int he arms of its alumni; and it is matter of profound regret that, in the present instance, this strength largely lies there--asleep. Shall it be our painful duty to make a similar record twelve months to come?
The observations and enquiries of four days put a hopeful aspect on the affairs of the University. We doubt whether location at any other point in the State would have placed it in the midst of a body of brethren, or a community, more willing, or more able, to do the work rendered imperative by the exigencies of a transfer in troubled times. The presidency of Dr. Battle opened auspiciously -- as our readers will perceive, when we have an opportunity of laying his Inaugural Address before them. The return of Prof. Willet to his Chair in October, will be matter of sincere gratification to the friends of the University, and, with the induction of Prof. Steed into the Chair of Latin, gives us a full, learned and able Faculty, every way equal to the demands of their position.
Let not the University languish for want of public, and especially of Baptist patronage, in its new, healthy and refined home.
SUNDAY SCHOOL MISSIONARY.
An appointment as Sunday School Missionary in this State, has been given to Rev. T. H. Morgan, D. D., by the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Sunday School Convention. His field of operation includes all that portion of the State lying south of the Georgia R. R., and east of the West Point and Atlanta R. R. His term of service runs through three months, from July 1st. The work is one that calls for efficient prosecution, and is in the hand of "a workman that needeth not to be ashamed." We hope he will find in every pastor a helper.
Items.-- Wake Forest College confers the title of D. D. on Rev. N. W. Wilson, of Richmond, Va. Rev. J. B. Jeter, D. D., of the Religious Herald, has been appointed by the Foreign Missionary Board at Richmond, a Commissioner to superintend the erection of the Baptist house of worship in Rome. Before proceeding to Italy, Dr. J. Will spend some time in England in behalf of the mission.... Revs. G. B. Taylor, J. C. Long, W. D. Thomas and W. E. Hatcher, of Va., have received the degree of D. D. from Richmond College.... The Home and Foreign Journal comes out, for July, in a new dress, with Rev. Dr. Long, of Charlottesville, Va., as editor. This is a proper time for greatly enlarging its subscription list.... The newspapers announce that Rev. E. T. Winkler, D. D., has resigned his pastoral charge in Charleston, S. C. , to assume care of Siloam Baptist church, Marion, Ala. .. The Baptist Weekly, a sixteen-page paper, N. Y., is the successor of the American Baptist; Rev. A. S. Patton, D. D. , managing editor. Its first three numbers give token of enterprise in the collection of news, of ability in the discussion of doctrine, and of the variety and interest characterizing a first-class religious newspaper.... The proposition to give $10.000 in city bonds, to Mercer University, on condition that it will establish a High School in Dalton, GA., was adopted by the citizens of that place, at the polls, with but a single vote in the negative.... Rev. J. L. M. Curry, LL. D., has received the Doctorate in Divinity from Rochester University, N. Y.....The Methodist Advocate, Atlanta, is edited, under election, by the recent Northern General Conference, by Rev. N. E. Cobleigh, D. D., LL. D. He wields a facile pen, and manifests a kindly, earnest spirit.
Mercer University and Its Commencement.
The annual Commencement exercises of this Institution have been unusually interesting this year. The writer has been as much impressed by its already great success and its brilliant prospects, as by the varied entertainment with which the Board of Trustees and the Faculty have chosen to inaugurate the new era in its history.
After a long and resolute opposition, Mercer University was removed from its former location, and established, one year ago, in the beautiful city of Macon. The liberality of the city has bestowed upon it a large and commodious building site, and the means for erecting College buildings inferior to none in the South.
Hitherto, the exercises of the University have been conducted in buildings by no means commensurate with the needs of the case. Hence, the Building Committee of the Board of Trustees are pressing on the work entrusted to them, and it is hoped that by this time next year the elegant plan of the University buildings, now on paper, will have been carried out in stone and brick, to endure for many a generation.
With a view of bringing the educational advantages of the University within the reach of as large a number as possible, the Board of Trustees are putting up a building for the accommodation of such students as may choose to adopt the mess system, which involves a great saving of board. This building will be ready by the opening of the next term, on the first Wednesday in October next.
A Commercial School will be organized in connection with the University, where practical instruction will be given in ever department of business.
There will be established, also, a Preparatory School, under the supervision of, and for the present taught by, the Faculty, in the University buildings. This will supply a need scarcely to be appreciated by one unacquainted with the difference between the assumed and the actual scholarship of the greater number who present themselves for admission into the collegiate classes.
In addition to this, arrangements will be made at no distant day for the establishment of Schools of Law and Medicine, presided over by the highest talent the South affords. The above statements are not mere rumors, but are the substance of an official proclamation from the rostrum by the President of the Board of Trustees.
On Sunday, the 30th ult., at 10 1/2 A.M., the Baccalaureate Sermon was preached by the Rev. D. Shaver, D. D., of Atlanta, from Acts xiii: 36. The Mulberry street Methodist church, being the largest in the city, was courteously placed at the disposal of the University authorities, and was filled to overflowing. The writer was unfortunate in not hearing the sermon, but has learned from those competent to judge, that it was in every way worthy of the reputation of its learned and gifted author. It is understood that the Faculty have requested a copy of the sermon for publication, and should the request be complied with, the writer will have the less reason to regret this meagre notice.
The only proceeding on Monday connected with the Commencement was the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, and that they met to some purpose is sufficiently shown by the new and important features introduced into the University.
The usual Sophomore Prize Declamation, the most attractive of all the Commencement proceedings to a large portion of the visitors, at least, was omitted on this occasion.
The University being without buildings of its own, and the rooms temporarily occupied being wholly unfit for the purpose, the first public exhibition of the College classes in Macon took place in Ralston's Hall, where, at 8 1/2 o'clock P.M., on Tuesday, a select, and not withstanding the threatening weather, large audience had assembled to greet the first appearance upon any boards of the Junior class. After the introductory music by the band in attendance, the exercises were opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Brantly, Professor of Belles Lettres and Modern Languages; after which he introduced Col. Wm. A. Lofton, of Macon, the anniversary orator of the Ciceronian and the Phi Delta Societies. Having no means of reporting, the writer is unable to give a resume of the address, and can only say that it was a most eloquent as well as a sound and appropriate effort. The speech is soon to appear in a widely circulated paper of the city, and it is perhaps just as well not to forestall the public enjoyment.
The Juniors came next, and, doubtless, inspired by the animated and animating appearance of dress circle and parquette, acquitted themselves most creditably; and the accurate and graceful delivery of a number of happily - conceived and well - worded speeches, argued strongly against the reasonableness of one young orator's lament. The speech referred to bore the unique title, "Making Bricks without Straw," and complained of the task imposed on the Juniors of making oratorical bricks, as harder than that which was set upon the children of Israel. The orator was Mr. Walter M. Jackson, of Macon, and the speech one of the best of the occasion: disfigured somewhat, it must be said, however, by a number of local and personal illustrations not altogether befitting the dignity of the occasion. Mr. John P. Williams, of Jones County, in a speech entitled "Gas," and full of good humored satire, contrived to hit off very happily the vaporing tendencies of the age, and as he entered fully in to the spirit of the thing, his composition lost nothing by the delivery. The speech of Mr. Lewis J. Render, of Merriweather county, though somewhat marred by the self conscious delivery of the speaker, appealed to the patriotic feelings of the audience. The "Duty of Southern Young Men" was his theme, and by a singular coincidence he followed the line of thought pursued by the anniversary orator. He maintained that the civilization of the South was not obsolete; that adverse fortune had not shaken our confidence in the teachings of our fathers; that we want no new philosophy, no improved religion, no higher civilization; that what had made the South great once, can make it great again.
It is to be regretted that an exhibition so worthy of extended notice, should be put off with such an imperfect report, but the want of space admits of no more than a passing notice.
On Wednesday afternoon, a number of the Alumni met and revived the Association, which has lain dormant for several years, and arrangements were made for the usual celebration at the next Commencement. Rev. J. G. Ryals was elected to deliver the annual oration, with Rev. N. M. McCall, Jr., as alternate.
On Wednesday evening, the hall was literally packed with an audience at once brilliant and appreciative, and after prayer by Rev. Dr. Shaver, Rev. A. J. Battle, D. D., President elect, was introduced by Hon. D. E. Butler, President of the Board of Trustees, and delivered the customary Inaugural. As the address has already appeared entire in the Daily Telegraph and Messenger, and will no doubt be republished in the Index, it is only necessary to say that it was what could only have been expected from the eloquence and learning of the distinguished gentleman. No one, perhaps, whom the Board of Trustees could have selected, would have made so favorable a first impression; and with wisdom, learning, and graceful manners with address, there could be no more fit successor to the honorable and gifted Henry Holcombe Tucker, D. D. At the close of the Inaugural, Hon. D. E. Butler, in a few felicitous remarks, formally installed the President elect, and entrusted to him the seal of the University. The two distinguished gentlemen, standing upon the rostrum, surrounded by the Board of Trustees, and the Faculty of the University, together with a number of no less distinguished visitors, both from the city and other parts of the State, formed a scene at once striking and prophetic of the future glories of the University.
The orations from the graduating class were introduced with the Latin Salutatory, by Thos. F. Stubbs, of Bibb County. The class though consisting of very young men, will lose nothing by comparison with the classes of former years. Prescribed limits forbid separate mention of each speaker. But the quaint speech of Mr. Edward W. Butler, of Morgan County -- "An Old Saw Reset," --deserves an extra compliment, both from its own worth and the inimitable oratory of the speaker. In a speech full of humor, he thoroughly refiled the saw "Early to bed and early rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise;" and showed that although it may have served our fathers, it was altogether too ancient for this generation. The Valedictories were delivered by Bennett A. Salter, of Jefferson county, after which the degree of Bachelor of Arts was conferred on each of the graduating class: Thos. F. Stubbs, John Atwell, John C. Weaver, Bennet A. Salter, Jos. B. Miller, Edward W. Butler. The second degree in course was conferred on Mr. James A. Carswell and John T. McGinty, and the honorary degree of Master of Arts, on Rev. G. A. Lofton, of Memphis, Tennessee, and R. J. Larcombe, Esq., of Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Virgil H. Powers and Mr. George Mason, of Macon, were declared to be graduates of the Scientific Department. These ceremonies closed the interesting exercises connected with the first Commencement of Mercer University in her new location.
In this age of fine writing, when stilted sentiments and Sophomore rhetoric have placed such havoc with good sense and our good old mother-tongue -- when even College boys must inflict upon long-suffering audiences their flimsy metaphysics and pseudo philosophy; in this age, of all others it is a cause for much thankfulness to meet with folks whose ideas are within one's reach and who express themselves in honest Anglo-Saxon. The unpretending and thoroughly sensible views of the young men, set forth in a clear and unaffected style, show that they have been taught to avoid the very common, but no less heinous crimes of abuse of good taste and the King's English.
In conclusion, it is only necessary to say that Mercer University is now thoroughly organized, and with a Faculty composed of ripe scholars and veteran teachers, is prepared to offer rare facilities for learning in every department of literary, scientific and practical education. Jr.
Commencement at Howard College
Wednesday, June 19th, witnessed the closing exercises of Howard College. A large audience graced the occasion, and were highly entertained by the varied exercises. After the opening prayer, a very graceful and dignified salutatory oration in English, was pronounced by Mr. Martin T. Sumner, Jr., of Marion. The noble sentiments and polished style of the oration were much enhanced byt he manly and vigorous delivery of the speaker. His speech was cheered with enthusiasm.
Dr. E. T. Winkler, of Charleston, S.C., was then introduced who pronounced an able and eloquent Baccalaureate Oration, full of rich thought and wise counsel -- sentiments worthy to be cherished, and adapted to exert a wholesome influence upon the character of youth.
Then followed the Valedictories by Mr. Joseph M. Harrell, of Marion, whose words of pathos and wisdom made a deep impression. His delivery is deliberate and easy, yet, with his vigor and emphasis he arouses and fastens the deep attention of the audience. We learn that both the young gentlemen composing this class have so distinguished themselves in their studies, that they have been appointed tutors in the College. This is a high, and, we doubt not, a deserved honor, and we predict for these talented young men a brilliant and successful career.
The President of the College, Col. Murfee, then, in a brief, dignified address, conferred the degree of Bachelor of Arts upon Messrs. Martin T. Sumner, Jr. and Joseph M. Harrell. He also conferred the degree of Master of Arts upon Dr. T. S. Sumner, of Perry county, Mr. H. C. Cooke, of Marion, and Mr. __ Cox, of Macon, Ga. He also announced that the degree of Doctor of Divinity had been conferred by the Trustees upon Rev. A. J. Battle, and Rev. E. B. Teague.
The Marion Silver Cornet Band contributed to the interest of the occasion by its enlivening and martial strains. Thus passed another Commencement of this fine Institution of learning. The remarkable success of all its public exercises has added largely to its old reputation, and produced the conviction that Col. Murfee, the able and energetic President, with his corps of accomplished Professors, has done a noble work, and laid the foundation for still more glorious future success.--Marion Commonwealth.
Commencement of Columbian College.
Baltimore, June 27, 1872
All Georgia Baptists, who tell a half century since their natal day, have heard of an Institution called the Columbian College, in the District of Columbia. Such Baptists must have a vivid remembrance of a plethoric gentleman who used to traverse the State in his sulky, attend Associations and Conventions, visit churches and families, drink from one to two gallons of tea or coffee every day, (when he could get it) and beg money for Columbian College. He was never know to take "No" for an answer, (when he could help it) and any one who could resist his importunities must have had a marble heart, indeed. This was Luther Rice, who went with Judson and Newell to the East, in 1811, but who, on embracing Baptist views, returned home to raise money for the support of foreign missions. Subsequently, he felt called of God to endow Columbian College, and for fifteen years this was his one grand absorbing idea. He worked hard, lived hard, died poor and left the College insolvent. With power in the pulpit which would have commanded one of the best pulpits in the land; with talent and learning superior to those which often take from five to ten thousand dollars in secular vocations, he consented to be fed and clothed and lodged by charity, giving his whole time, without earthly remuneration, to the interests of the College, and bequeathing, (he had no family) as he was about to die, his entire assets, consisting chiefly of a horse and sulky, to the Institution for which he toiled. People said he failed. Nothing but the clemency of creditors, or the conviction that the property of the corporation would satisfy but a small fraction of their claims, saved the College from absolute extinction.
These thoughts passed through my mind yesterday, as I sat ion the platform in one of the finest halls in Washington City, in attendance on the forty-ninth Commencement of Columbian College. The Institution for which our fathers toiled so earnestly, and submitted to so many sacrifices, has reached nearly a half century of existence; and the concern which, in its earlier days, was begging bread from house to house, and which many thought must perish from starvation, is now possessed of assets which would bring nearly four hundred thousand dollars in the market! A few acres of land, worth only a few hundreds of dollars, fifty years ago, and given to the College by a few of its friends, has come, owing to the growth and expansion of the city of Washington, to be worth nearly half a million of dollars.
But I took up my pen to give you some of the Commencement exercises. At 11 o'clock a large concourse of ladies and gentlemen being present, we were treated to some fine music from a band of stringed instruments, after which the President, J. C. Welling, LL.D., called on your correspondent to offer prayer. The following young gentlemen then delivered orations on the themes mentioned in connection with their names:
"Philosophy not inimical to poetry," together with the Latin salutatory, by J. H. Bremmerman. "Science made lustrous by Belief" by F. T. Browning. "Dreams of Mystery," by W. R. Havenner. "Triumph of Truth," by John T. Judd. "Sympathetic Enthusiasm as a Motive Power," by F. H. Kerfoot. "American Literature," with the valedictory addresses, by James E. Bangs.
Having conferred degrees on these young gentlemen, and put into their hands the inevitable diploma, the President proceeded to adorn the name of the new President of Mercer University, with the semi-lunar fardels commonly known as D.D. If ,therefore, my worthy brother Battle discovered, about 10 o'clock in the afternoon of the 26th of June, that his knowledge of divinity was suddenly and considerably enlarged, without any effort on his part,, the fact can be explained by what was transpiring in the capital of the country at that hour. This was the only honor of the kind bestowed at this Commencement; and it has been given to one who, as he did not need, will doubtless adorn it.
Dr. Welling's baccalaureate was chaste, appropriate, earnest and beautiful. This gentleman was a one time President of St. John's College, in this State, and subsequently connected with Nassau Hall. He brings to his present office a reputation for scholarship and talent, richly earned by his success in previous positions of a similar nature. He is not a minister; but as a pious layman, his religious influence is eminently valuable. Any parent would do well to commit the education of his son to such a Christian gentleman and scholar. The national seat of Government offers some advantages as an educational center, which can be found in no other locality. It is an interesting fact, that the Baptists have under their control the only College in the city. Under the administration of the excellent Faculty now charged with the work of instruction, we are looking for a future more prosperous than anything which has been attained in the past. The charter has recently been revised and adapted to the present needs of the Institution. Hereafter its guardians are to consist of thirteen overseers, and thirteen Trustees, together constituting a corporation. This meets annually, the Trustees, ad interim, transacting such business as cannot be deferred to the annual meetings--it being understood that their powers are supervised byt he Corporation. The Trustees must be residents of the District of Columbia. The Overseers may reside elsewhere. As these hold office (together with the Trustees) permanently, I sent you their names. They are Hiram Woods, Thos. U. Walter, Henry Taylor, Chas. A. Keyser, Eugene Levering, and A. F. Crane, Esqs., together with Revs. Richard Fuller, J. W. M Williams, Franklin Wilson, Chas. Ryland, W. F. Broaddus, and W. T. Brantly.
The Sunday School Board
After mature deliberation, the Board has elected as Corresponding Secretary and Chief Executive Officer that tried and successful Sunday School Secretary, of Missouri, Rev. S. W. Marston, D. D. This brother has more prestige for just such work as is needed all over the South and Southwest, in the Sunday school cause, than any man known to the Board. The Board has hope that a sense of duty will include Bro. Marston to accept the position so cordially offered. Rev. S. Boykin was at the same time elected Editor and Home Secretary. He is well known in this position, and is on duty in the office.
The Board is now fully organized, and quite hopeful as to the future. The subscriptions before the last Convention are coming in, and we are grateful to every church and brother who has already paid up. We have paid some debts which have long troubled us. There are many churches against whom we hold unredeemed pledges. These we very much need just now, to meet the remainder of our indebtedness. Come, brethren, please attend to this matter, and forward to our book-keeper and business manager, S. C. Rogers, 361 Main street, Memphis, Tenn., who holds the subscriptions.
S. Landrum, Pres.
Southern Female College.
The beauty, cultivation and elite of LaGrange and vicinity, filled the Baptist church early on Sabbath morning, June 23d, to hear the annual sermon of the above Institution by Rev. W. A. Montgomery, D. D. "She hath done what she could," was the text; from which the preacher evolved the subject, "The duty of Christianity to the present age." The Sermon was pointed, practical and finished, reflecting great credit to the head and heart of the author. Several years before the war a distinguished Professor in Mercer University consoled a student in view of his unavoidable absence from church, on the occasion of the Commencement Sermon, by saying, "The poor have the Gospel preached to them, the rich have it read; I guess we will be numbered among the rich to-day." It would be quite an advance if all our Commencement Orators were speakers instead of readers.
Monday morning the examination which had begun the week before was completed. I heard classes examined in only three studies: Evidences of Christianity, Astronomy and Latin. The young ladies showed faithful and thorough teaching. You could see from the very delay in answering the questions pronounced, that the examination was fair; no assigned lesson, as is often the case. In speaking of this to a visiting brother at my side, he replied: "No school could afford an effort to deceive the people by fixing up for an Examination." I could only think, how fortunate for the superficial in all professions that some things are so easily concealed from outsiders. I have seen many examinations where the close observer could not fail to notice the evidence of complicity. President Cox, of the Southern Female College, is no quack or humbug; his examination proves that. We had quite a pleasing little episode at the close of the examination on "Evidences of Christianity." Dr. Montgomery replied, "The same thing will prove Judaism." We then had a pleasant little debate on the subject, in which the class took a part, proving that they had been taught to think for themselves.
Monday night the Junior Concert took place. Miss Sallie Cox, the accomplished daughter of the estimable President presided. The Concert was a marked success, and reflected great credit on Miss Sallie for the taste displayed in getting it up.
Tuesday morning the beautiful College Chapel was filled to overflowing, to hear the compositions of the Junior class. The walls of the Chapel were adorned with paintings and other ornamental works of the art department. Some of the paintings exhibited decided talent. One, especially, attracted my attention; it was "The Lost Cause." The coloring was fine, the execution perfect, and it stood out in Nature's own simplicity. I should say that the painter, Miss Sallie Bolling, of Greenville, Ala., has talent which will insure success, if cultivated. The Juniors acquitted themselves honorably in their Exhibition. The reading was so distinct, and the young ladies emphasized so well, that out of a class of twenty-three, I heard all but two or three. The compositions were good. While all did well, two young ladies deserve special mention; they were Miss E. Ferrell, whose subject was, "School Girl's Composition," and Miss A. Baker, subject, "When you are in Rome do not do as Rome does."
Prof. H. Schirmacher gave his grand Concert Tuesday night. I will not attempt a description of the sublime melody produced by the numerous pianos, violins and other instruments. I will only say, I never heard the Concert equaled. As an accomplished musician, and a successful teacher, Prof. Schirmacher has, I think, no superior, if an equal, in Georgia.
Wednesday was Commencement day. -- Eleven young ladies read their essays, and received diplomas. The essays, as far as I could judge, were well written, and showed the thorough mental training of the classroom. Some of them were replete with deep thought, expressed in elegant language. Miss Pauline Ferrell, of Texas, read an essay on, "A Voice from Rome." She thrilled the congregation by her description of the wonderful events of the last few years, and by her impassioned appeals on Missionary labors in the Eternal City. Miss Sallie Bolling, of Greenville, Alabama, read a fine essay on, "Anticipation;" and Miss Mary Callaway, of LaGrange Georgia, on "Self Reliance." I mention these three, especially, because they impressed me more than the rest. I don't think I ever heard young ladies read more distinctly, and more accurately. Mrs. Maria J. Westmoreland, of your city, read a splendid essay. Subject, "What shall our Women do?" It was filled with good sense, sound reasoning, and practical advice. Dr. T. E. Skinner delivered the address to the Seniors. It was a masterly presentation of the Bible.
The President's Levee followed last night. A gay and festive throng filled the Chapel, and roamed through the beautiful grounds, each enjoying the occasion in his own way. I neglected to mention, in the proper place, that Howard Van Epps, Esq., Atlanta, delivered the address to the Juniors.
Thus has passed another festival of the Southern Female College. Those present will not soon forget it. In conclusion, permit me to say to parents in Georgia, and Alabama, who have daughters to send off to school, you can do no better than to send them to Pres. Cox, LaGrange, Ga. I am now en route for home, detained for the next train; and am writing from the Byington House, Griffin, which gave us a fine dinner to-day.
T. H. Stout.
Griffin, June 27th, 1872.
A Virginia Letter.
Many pleasant acquaintances were formed during a brief sojourn in Alabama some years since. Never shall I forget the kindness, especially of Judge Mason, of Tuskegee, Reynolds, of Talladega, Judge Chilton, and Gov. Shorter. And now, one after another, within a few years, all of them are gone from earth. All of them were men beloved, gifted, godly, and who could ill be spared by their families, their State, their churches. -- But He who loved the, and who is doing all things well and wisely, has taken them to Himself. They are perfectly satisfied with what Jesus has done, and would not have it otherwise. The last to go was John Gill Shorter. What a beautiful character, and what a life was his! The account of his last days stirred my soul, and whilst saddened at the thought that such a man had left us, I rejoiced to think of his crown and thanked God for the testimony his servant was permitted to give to the sustaining power of the Gospel, the sufficiency of the atonement for every need of a sinner. Thus God is calling His people home. When they have for a time done and suffered His righteous will here, He, having provided some better thing for them, calls them to be with Him, that they may behold His glory, and enjoy the pleasures which are at His right hand. Let those of us who are left, follow these departed worthies as they followed Christ, and work for the Master while we may.
Many of your readers will be glad to know that the Lord has continued to bless His people at this place. Through the Church has suffered heavily during the past year, in the loss of some of its most valued and efficient members, those who are left have seemed disposed to rally together more than ever, and some have come "from without" to journey with us to the "better country." Every year for seven years past, we have been favored with seasons of refreshing. It may be interesting to some to know that our house of worship stands on the spot where once stood the famous old jail, in which Ireland and other Baptist preachers were once confined, for the crime of preaching "the glorious Gospel of the blessed God." The part borne by Baptists in the great struggles of the past for "soul liberty," religious freedom, is beginning to attract attention. What astonishing ignorance there is upon this subject, even among our own people! How little do the great multitude of Baptists know of their glorious past! What a pity that any of them should go through life as though apologizing for existence, and hoping that no one will think hardly of them for daring to be in the world.
Last week was quite an interesting time among the Baptists of Richmond. The society celebrations, the Alumni dinner, the Alumni Society meeting, laying of the corner stone of new building, and the Commencement exercises, all of Richmond College, occupied several days, and brought together quite a number from a distance. As your Richmond correspondent will probably give you accounts of these pleasant occurrences, I will not go into details concerning them, and will only say that the occasion furnished opportunity for a pleasant and profitable reunion of quite a number of our preachers from different portions of the State.
Permit me in closing to congratulate you on the Index, and to tell you that its visits are highly appreciated. More anon.
J. B. Taylor, Jr.
Culpeper C. H., Va. July 1.
Some Scraps from Kentucky.
I have allowed a longer time than I intended to elapse, since I removed to Kentucky, before writing to the Index, my old and tried friend. But, as some of your readers know, part of the time I was utterly prostrated with sickness; and as any of them can guess, the rest of the time I was overwhelmingly busy. The President of a College does not need to have any idle time. And Georgetown College furnishes no exception to the general rule.
I have been busily engaged in extending my acquaintance with the people and the country of Kentucky. And notwithstanding my confinement at home, and other disadvantages, I have seen enough of both to like them much. I never saw a more beautiful section than this Blue Grass region, and the people are as cordial and hospitable as their land is inviting.
Among other things, I have been studying the history of Kentucky Baptists, as far as my access to the sources has permitted. Several of these Associations are publishing in their minutes annually, in lieu of "circular letters," sketches of their older churches. IN some of these I find very interesting matter. For instance, here are some things which I venture to select for you:
The First Baptist Church in Kentucky was organized in Severn's Valley, now Elizabethtown, June 18, 1781, under the ministry of the lamented John Garrard. Not a human habitation was then to be found between Louisville, (then called "the Falls of the Ohio," ) and Green River. The next May the savages made an inroad, and the minister, Elder Garrard, was taken captive, and never again heard of. Whether he was slain in the retreat, burned at the stake, or lingered in captivity, none can now tell. The place of his sepulchre none knows to this day.
A Fruitful Vine.
One of the original members of this earliest church, Jacob Vanmeter, the elder, died in 1798, in his sixty-eighth year, and has left almost a nation behind him. "His descendants at this time," says Bro. Haycroft, "from the best calculation that can be made, number over three thousand, of whom at least 800 are Baptists. They were as a fruitful vine that ran over the wall, for they are scattered over every State and Territory west of the Allegheny mountains."
Light in Departing.
The younger Jacob Vanmeter, the last survivor of the original church of Severn's Valley, was rather an extraordinary man, of truly patriarchal stamp. He died Oct. 12, 1850, in his 89th year. Of his ten sons, seven were deacons of some Baptist church. Three days before his death he led at the family altar of his son John, with whom he resided. His prayer was of great fervency, and protracted beyond the usual length. At the close he had to be assisted from his knees. The family offered to put him to bed, but he would not permit it, saying that he wanted to speak of the goodness of God; and, as he sat in his chair, he repeated hymn after hymn from Watts. The family remarked that they had never heard him repeat them before. He replied that the Lord had strengthened his memory, and brought to mind hymns that he had learned sixty years before -- like Moses on Mount Pisgah, whose sight was strengthened to view the promised land.
He had often prayed to be released from the pangs of death. A few minutes before his death, he exclaimed: "The light! the light! the light!" His daughter-in-law, who was at his side, supposing the light of the window disturbed him, was about to close the blinds. "Oh no," said he, waving his hand, "the glory of God fills the house; He has kept me in the hollow of His hand from a child." Then adjusting himself for burial, he closed his own mouth and eyes, crossing his arms, with his right hand upon his heart. Without a struggle or a groan, and evidently without a pang, he was gathered to his fathers. He had an answer to his prayer as beautifully expressed by Watts:
"Cast me not off when strength declines,
And hoary hairs arise:
But round me let Thy glory shine
Whene'er Thy servant dies."
A Growing Association.
We have in the mountains some earnest churches and brethren, who, though the country is rugged, and the means of communication slender, are struggling not without success to advance the interest of the cause. Some facts with regard to one of these mountain Associations, given to me by Elder N. B. Johnson, are interesting and encouraging.
The Irvine Association was formed in Oct., 1859, with five churches. In Sept., 1870, they had 34 churches. Of these they sent off 15 to form the Boonville, which now has 18 churches, while the Irvine has 20, with 3 new churches ready to come in this fall.--Thus there are now 41 churches in the new bodies, instead of the five with which they started twelve years ago. Thus God helps the humble labors of those who "sow beside all waters," in season and out of season.
I find a deep and growing interest in the Sunday-school work, in some parts of the country, but it is very far from being so great or so general as is necessary. We are still very far behind the standard of "a Sunday school in every Baptist church," but we do not mean to let it rest so.
The labors of our esteemed Sunday school missionary, Rev. L. B. Fish, are awakening new enthusiasm on this subject. His sweet songs and practical addresses are everywhere highly appreciated, and we hope to give a much better report next year. No subject enlisted more interest during our recent General Association than the Sunday-school work.
Basil Manly, Jr.
Revival in Greensboro', Ga.
From the best information in the possession of the writer, the Baptist Church here, as such, never since its organization held a protracted meeting, or enjoyed a revival, until the late revival--an account of which I now proceed to give. This Church, however, has has participated in the labors and reaped the fruits of revivals conducted by other denominations. The reasons why the Baptists here were so long kept in the back ground are obvious to any thoughtful observer of the following facts: For something like forty years they held jointly with the Presbyterians the house they (the Baptists) now occupy. During this connection the Presbyterians usually had a settled pastor -- the Baptists had none. The Baptists were served by ministers from abroad--mostly by the professors of Mercer University. The Presbyterians conducted the prayer meetings, controlled the Sunday-school, and occasionally led in revival meetings; the Baptists meanwhile occupying a sort of auxiliary position in their occupancy of the house of worship then known as the "Union Church." The Presbyterians were all the time prospering, while the Baptists were maintaining a mere existence; yet during the entire history among their number some of the "salt of the earth," and they were distinguished for their liberality to every benevolent enterprise--verifying the proverb, "He that watereth shall be watered also himself." It seems quite remarkable that as soon as this connection with the Presbyterians was severed, the Baptist Church commenced prospering, until in a few years form the weakest it became the strongest church in the place, in numbers, wealth and talents. Notwithstanding all this, the Baptist Church seemed to be unconscious of her moral power. The giant was asleep, but we trust is now thoroughly aroused from past slumbers.
There had been for months, with a portion of the Church, the breathing of the devout prayer, "Oh, Lord, revive Thy work! The work seemed first to manifest itself in the Sabbath-school, but soon it pervaded all classes. It continued to progress for over four weeks. It was the stillest meeting I ever witnessed. There were some remarkable conversions -- one more closely resembling that of Saul of Tarsus than any of which I ever heard or read. As to the results, I will say, the Church has been greatly blessed in increase of brotherly love, religious enjoyment, liberality, hospitality, and zeal for the glory of God. Oh, how thankful we should be for these mercies! Besides, there were thirty-two baptized and one received by letter. Of the above there were twenty males and thirteen females, ranging from eleven to fifty years of age. There are some twelve or fifteen other converts. Some of the number have untied with other denominations, while others are contemplating the subject of church-membership. There are yet many inquirers. There are some anticipated results of which it would not be prudent to write.
Of the laborers in this meeting the pastor, as well as the Church, are indebted to brethren Chaudoin, Jennings, C. H. Strickland, and Judge Robinson, of the Church, for efficient t labor in the meeting, but to the Triune God we are indebted for this wonderful display of saving power. I close, as brother Chaudoin will give you further particulars.
W. D. Atkinson.
Ministers' and Deacons' Meeting
The Maryville Union of the Minsters and Deacons of Tennessee Association, met with the church, at Laurel Bank, on Friday, June 28th, and had one of the most pleasant and harmonious sessions which it has ever enjoyed. The Union is composed of twenty churches. Many of these churches have been organized within the last few years. These twenty churches have a membership of about 1800; and the territory, which is covered, or rather dotted, by these churches, contains about 1,000 square miles of mountains, coves, hills, vallies, and some beautiful farms. But, it was not my purpose to write about the country, but to tell you of our good meeting. The meeting was organized by electing our accomplished, and much esteemed brother, A. T. Cottrell, President, and J. M. Williams, Clerk. No essays had been prepared, on account of a failure in the last meeting; but a committee, which was selected for the purpose, gave us a number of subjects for discussion, which, with the questions from the box, brought forth a number of really good, not to say first-rate speeches. Among the speakers present, were, Elders, J. H. Morton, J. V. Idens, P. B. McCarrell, W. L. Cottrell, and J. T. Agee; and also some of our deacons took an active part in the discussions. The remarks of Bro. Jas. W. Hitch, on the plan of Sunday schools, and the cause of Temperance, will not soon be forgotten by the people of Laurel Bank. The best of feeling manifest toward brethren was one of the sweets of this session. The devotional exercises were all of the most pleasant, as well as the most earnest character. The meeting adjourned on Saturday night to meet with the Mount of Olives Church, on Friday, August 30th at precisely 10 o'clock, a.m. On Sunday, Elder P. B. McCarrell delivered a sermon from (Jon iii.: 9,) to a large and attentive audience, which it is hoped, will effect much good.
M. B. P.
Rockford, July 1, 1872.
Rev. Allan McDonald.
When a good man dies it seems proper that some suitable mention should be made of his life and works.
In obedience to this thought, I will notice, briefly, the record of the Rev. Allen McDonald, who was born in South Carolina, in November, 1791, and died at his residence, in Jefferson county, Ala., May 15th, 1872--aged 81 years. While he was a young man he went to Tennessee, where he lived a few years; and while there the Indian war broke out. He was a young man and joined the army, and served his country under Jackson--was in that campaign all through what is now known as Talladega county, Ala.
In 1814 he was married to a Miss Phoebe Ray, and indeed, she was an "helpmeet for him." They soon came to Alabama, and settled in Jefferson county; and soon afterward, he attached himself to the Hebron church of said county. It was soon seen that the Lord had a work for him to do, and so he was licensed to exercise his gifts. The country was new, many persons coming in all eager for money, and hence in this new field of labor, there was a vast amount of work for him to do. God had given him a sound and healthful body, great zeal, strong lungs, and well did he use all his powers for God's glory. He was never regarded as a very strong man in doctrine, (yet, "sound to the core,) but he was what was for better, a "good man," "known and read of all men."
In the days of "Camp" and "Protracted" meetings, Bro. McDonald was considered almost an indispensable. When such meetings were appointed, he was always invited, and when he could, always attended. His work was so well understood by all that it was hardly necessary for the committee on devotion to say, "Bro. McDonald will close the exercises."
The writer of this sketch has often been with him on those occasions of which he now speaks. After the congregation had been dismissed, and all had retired to rest, some poor, wounded sinner would desire that some one should pray for them, when Bro. McDonald was almost certain to be sent for. How often we have listened to his well-known voice, with all the energy of his soul ascending to God. It may be said of him: He was truly a man of "prayer" and "faith," and for hours would he thus spend his time--sometimes almost all the night would be devoted to praying, singing, instructing and exhorting. Many stars will be in his "crown of rejoicing."
Bro. McDonald was ordained to the full work of the ministry in 1843, by Byars, Scott and Holcombe. He sustains an irreproachable character. He was one of the few men whom the tongue of slander could not reach--he was "above suspicion." His end was almost like the sainted "Enoch," he was not for God took him. On the day of his death he ate dinner as usual, was cheerful, talking to his family, went and lay down on the bed, and, in five minutes, passed away almost without a struggle.
He leaves his aged companion and many relatives to mourn after him. May his mantle fall upon his son.
A. J. Walcrop.
Revival at Fort Gaines.
I do not often trouble the Index man, or any one else with my poor little acts and doings; but, at the request of the brethren, send you a brief statement of our Fort Gaines meeting. We commenced our meeting on Saturday night before the first Sabbath in this month, and for several days we were, as usual, alternating between hope of success and fear of failure. At length, however, we discovered the evident signs of the Spirit's presence among the people. Our congregations had become prompt and regular, night and day, and the people were orderly, attentive and solemn. The good work was now fully under way in the church, and the people of the world felt its power. We received thirteen by experience and baptism, and left quite a number of others, as we thought, very near the kingdom. This was, taken all together, one of the best meetings that I have attended for years. Sometimes I have thought that the members in a church were increased without any perceptible increase of moral strength -- not so in this instance. I had no ministerial help in the meeting; but when a little revived, this is one of the best little churches I have ever known. A number of the members are talented, active, and sound in the faith. Their liberality, too, abounds in the glory of Christ.
J. H. Corley.
Dawson, Ga., June 25th, 1872.
Sharon Church -- Ordination of Deacons.
It will be gratifying to the brethren of the Salem Association, to hear that Sharon church, near Troy Alabama, is reviving and in a prosperous condition. It was painful to this church and the entire Association, at the last session, to hear it was without a pastor, and a house of worship. Since then, Elders, E. M. Brooks, H. Stevenson, and ten other Baptists, moved into the neighborhood and became members.
This church invited a Presbytery to convene with her at her regular meeting, on the 4th Sunday in June, 1872, for the purpose of ordaining Ervin Hulon, and Ephriam Taylor to the office of deacon. The Presbytery consisted Bro. Brooks, the pastor, Elder Robert Blann, visiting, and Elder Stevenson. The Ordination Sermon was preached by the pastor, when Bro. Kindred, who was appointed by the church, to act as mouth for the church, presented the candidates. The Presbytery having examined the candidates, and found them possessing the qualifications required, the Moderator offered the consecrating prayer, gave the charge, and presented the Bible. Then, while a hymn was being sung the Presbytery welcomed our beloved brethren into the duties and responsibilities of the office; and with the church, and visiting brethren, extended the right hand of fellowship, amidst the signs and expressions of the love and grace of God. At this meeting the church was greatly, revived, especially, when the last sermon was preached from (Rev. xxii.:7,) at eleven o'clock, on Sunday, by Bro. Blann; in which sermon was published, the soul-cheering news of our blessed Savior's second coming, with the glorious reward of the believer, God's elect.
Troy, Ala. June 23, 1872.
An Expression of Thanks.
Miss Italia Davis: We, the deacons of the Missionary Baptist church at LaGuardo, Tenn., accept of your present, for the church and for ourselves, with grateful feelings and emotions. Its conception is well-timed, and most appropriate; and its effects upon your accomplished teacher, Miss Emma Davis, and yourselves, most happy. It is an incident of note, implanting in our bosoms the kindest feelings towards you and the school; indicating a pains-taking in training worthy of Lucretia daughters by Lucretia mothers, both here and at Rome. None but high-born are worthy and equal to such conception and achievement . Our worthy and much beloved pastor, Lewis Lindsay, desires us, in all gratitude, now to take these lamps as light from your hands to dispel the surrounding darkness and place them upon these pedestals and dedicate them to the perpetual service, the honor and the glory of Almighty God.
Turn Vaughan, John Bates, Sr., E. W. Vaughan, Asa Greer, Rufus Eagan.
Rev. J. H. Curry.
I have the gratifying news to tell you that our church at this place is no longer without a pastor. We have secured the services of Rev. James H. Curry, of Texas. He was raised in Cartersville, in your State, and was educated at Lebanon, Tenn. After graduating in the Law school, he removed to Texas and formed a law partnership under very favorable auspices; but before he got fully to work God converted his soul and called him to preach His gospel, and, in obedience to that call, he laid aside his law and has now entered fully into the ministry. He preached his first sermon here last Sabbath, to the satisfaction of the church and congregation. He was converted in August, joined the church in September, and went to preaching in October. He was an entire stranger to us, when we called him as pastor. But that faithful servant of Jesus, ever looking after his Master's cause in this world, wrote to us and recommended the church to call him. And I hope that Bro. Curry, as he ripens into mature years, will be able to fill the place in this State that was so nobly filled by our beloved Bro., Rev. S. R. Freeman, who was the sole cause of Bro. Curry's coming to this place. Being a Georgian myself, I feel assured that you Baptists--as I will--feel a deep interest in the prosperity of our young boy preacher, as Bro. Freeman calls him. He is only twenty-two years old. He brings with him a lovely wife, a native Texan, who seems to be full of the Spirit, and is truly a helpmeet. We, as a church and community, are glad that we have secured the services of one who has so much promise of doing good in the future.
Henry J. Haynes.
Union Spring, Ala., July 8, 1872.
Rev. James Barrett.
The Baptist Church, Round Lick, Wilson county, Tenn., unanimously adopted the following resolutions, prepared by J. Organ, D. Young, J. S. Womack and J. W. Bryan, on the resignation of the beloved pastor, Bro. Jas. Barrett, May 25th, on account of protracted illness:
1st. Resolved that it is with deep regret that we part with the pastoral services of our brother; endeared to us by a faithful and successful ministry of nearly four years, and whose labors were characterized by piety, diligence, fidelity, sympathy and tenderness, resulting in much good to our church and community.
2d. That in parting from us, he and his family, bear with them the confidence, love and affection of this church.
3d. That we commend him and his family to the favor, care and protection of Almighty God, whose favor is life, and whose loving kindness is better than life.
4th. That we pray that the great Head of the church (if consistent with His will) may soon restore our afflicted and much beloved brother to health, that his pious and efficient labors may be long retained in the world.
At the request of Mill Creek church, Glasscock county, GA., brethren L. R. L. Jennings, D. G. Daniell and T. J. Pilcher (pastor) met, June 27th, to set apart to the work of the gospel ministry, our brother, A. J. Wartley; Bro. Jennings conducting the examination, which was strictly on a Baptist line, and such as would show to any what Baptist views and doctrines are. Sermon by Bro. Jennings, I Tim. iv: 16. Prayer by Bro. Pilcher, Charge and delivery of the Bible by our venerable Bro. Daniell. The services were truly instructive--such as any church should be proud to have.
John Raley, Clerk.
The Roman Catholics, of Wilmington, N.C., recently held a fair for the benefit of the Sisters of Mercy. The fair realized some three thousand dollars. A large number of valuable articles were raffled off--according to the announcements previously published in the newspapers. These articles ranged in value from a few dollars up to two hundred and fifty dollars each. Several of the articles were won by ladies; and a hand-same writing desk was won by the Rev. Father White. We have no comments to make on this subject. We simply leave the case to speak for itself.
At the request of Bowdon Baptist church, Bowdon, Carroll county, GA., brethren, W. S. Tweedell, G. W. Burson, Jas. Barrow, S. B. Little and G. W. Colquitt, met for the purpose of ordaining to the deaconship, brethren, R. H. Strong and N. J. Reed. After the sermon by Rev. G. W. Burson, 1. Tim., iii., 13., the Presbytery organized: Rev. W. S. Tweedell, Mod., G. W. Colquitt, Clerk. The Moderator questioned the church as to the character of the brethren. G. W. Colquitt examined the candidates on their experience and faith. Prayer by Rev. Jas. Burrow. Charge and presentation of Bible by S. B. Little. Presbytery and church gave right hand of welcome.
I seek this method to express our grateful acknowledgements for the following sums, received since May 14th, 1872, for the purpose of purchasing a lot for a Baptist church, at Columbia, Tenn. Richmond, Va. -- Messrs. J. B. Belvin, $1; John Bland, $1; R. S. Bosher, $1; John Chamblin, $1; J. B. Hill, $1; Geo A Hundley, $1; D. S McCarthy, $1; Mrs. Martha Maury, $1; Wm H Rogers, $1; Josiah Ryland, $1; James Thomas, Jr., $1; T C Williams, $1; Rev. Jacob Knapp, Rockford, Ill., $1; Rev W H Whitsitt, Albany, Ga, $1; Mrs. F M Haygood, Macon, Ga, $1; Thompson & Duvall, Richmond, Va., $1; Rev. W. A Montgomery, Leadville, Tenn., $1; Mrs. J. W . Gilbert, 50cts.; Mrs. Jos Shackelford, 50 cts, Tuscumbia, Ala.; Murfreesboro, Tenn--Dr. Chas Manly, $1; J T Fletcher, $1; E L Jordan, $1; M F Jordan, $1; Mrs. A Smith, Brownsville, Tenn., $5; Dr. John Moore, Mason Depot, $1; Z T Freeman, Danville, Ala, $2; Johnston & Senter, Trenton, Tenn., $1; Thomas Parks & Co., Nashville, Tenn., $5; S B Spurlock, $5, Nashville, Tenn; L M Jones and J T Carthel, $2; Trenton, Tenn; B F Jones, $1, Union City, Tenn.; Hon J T Freeman, $5, Jackson, Tenn.; Mrs. Tiller, Lebanon, Tenn., $1; Rev A J Fawcett, Humboldt, Tenn, $1; W T West, Pinson Station, Tenn., $1; J M Cambers, Saulsbury, $1. Total to date, $56.
Miss Mary Jordan, Sec. & Treas.
Woodland Home, June 21st, 1872.
Sabbath School Convention.
There will be a Sabbath School Convention held at Springville, Ala., commencing Friday before 3rd Sabbath in July. Friday, 11 o'clock, sermon by the President, T. C. Boykin. Text, Luke xvi: 1-13. Theme, Consecration. Is the Sabbath School from Heaven or of men--in the Bible or not? -- By Elder Cloud, of Gadsden, Ala. Are Union Sabbath Schools desirable or profitable? -- Dr. Spalding, Gadsden, Ala.
Saturday. Can we not have a flourishing Sunday school with the Bible as a text book and the hymn book for praise? -- By Dr. J. H. Weatherly, of Springville, Ala. How parents may help, or hinder, the Sabbath school cause. -- By J. L. D. Hillyer. The relation that should exist between the Sunday school and the church. -- By J. A. McDonald. Can a teacher teach without study? -- By T. V. B. Moore, of Springville, Ala. The Pastor's relation and duty to the Sunday school. -- By T. C. Boykin, of Columbiana, Ala.
Speakers will be expected to make short speeches -- don't want anybody bored; 30 minutes is long enough. It is hoped all will attend who can.
A. J. Waldrop.
Professor Willett, whose health has greatly improved during the past few months will spend the summer in Penfield.
Professor W. G. Woodfin is the acting Secretary of the Faculty of Mercer University, to whom all official communications should be addressed.
Indigent Ministers' Fund.
To the Churches of the Coosa River Baptist Associations: It may not be in the power of the committee to visit all the churches in the bounds of the association as was contemplated, with a view of urging the brethren to contribute liberally to the Superanuated Ministers' Fund. Therefore, we most earnestly entreat you to take this subject under serious and prayerful consideration; and should you not be called on before the Association shall convene, you will please meet us then fully prepared to contribute liberally, as there is no duty in all the range of Christian benevolence more obligatory and praiseworthy than that of aiding our feeble, indigent ministry, whose manhood has been spent in making our denomination one of the most numerous and respectable in the land. Committee.
Talladega, Ala. tf
Rev. John G. Gibson, and Rev. P. B. Robinson were in the city last week.
Large amount of matter crowded out this week, among which our notice of Bro. Renfroe's retirement. Could not be avoided.
Rev. T. G. Sellers, President of the Starkville Female Institute, Starkville, Miss., is one of the sound, solid men of that State. He is now enjoying the "teacher's recess."
Rev. G. R. McC. -- The Baptist Church, in Hawkinsville, have generously voted their devoted pastor, Rev. G. R. McCall, a furlough for several weeks. He purposes visiting the up-country soon, and recuperate for the active services in the future.
Dr. Mell made a short visit to his relatives in this city and Marietta recently -- spent a day in each city, and returned to Athens on the 25th ult. He expects to sail from New York, for England, on the 17ths inst. The Prayers of many anxious hearts will be daily offered to God for the safety and success of his trip. Strong hopes are entertained for his early restoration to health and accustomed usefulness.
Col. L. P. Grant justly occupies an enviable position in the estimation of the good people who know -- because of his moral worth, and the high sense of honor characterizing his every action. His administration of the affairs of the Atlanta & West Point Railroad, is wise, liberal, and meets with the cordial approbation of all interested. Alive to every interest of the Road and the country, he suffers no irregularities or omissions to occur, w9ithout prompt investigations and equitable adjustments. In two instances, within our knowledge, the money collected by conductors who failed to receive instructions, to return delegates without charge, the amount paid was promptly refunded, when the subject was brought to the attention of Col. Grant.
NOTICE. --There will be a "Sunday School Convention," held at Beaverdam church, eight miles North of Knoxville, commencing on Friday, July 26th, 1872. All who are interested are invited to attend. Let us see you out brethren. C. L. Bowling, J. S. Coram, J. L. Loyd.
Baptist Union of West Alabama.
The next meeting will be held with Ruhama church, nine miles north of Elyton, beginning on Thursday, before the fourth Lord's day in July, 1872, with the following appointments:
1. Heb. i: 4, Rev. J H Foster.
2. Rom. viii: 34, Rev. J. J. D. Renfroe
3. John iii: 5, Rev. E. B. Teague
4. I Cor. xv: 57, Rev. S Henderson
5. Rev. vii: 14, Rev. W H Williams.
1. The Christian Sabbath --its Authority and proper Observance. Opened by C C Huckabie and Rev. T. C. Boykin.
2. The Nature and Limits of Pastoral Authority. Opened by Rev. T. M. Barbour and J. T Murfee?
3. The Relation of Baptism to Regeneration, Opened by Revs. W. H. McIntosh and A. J. Battle.
Brethren generally are invited to attend and participate in the meeting, assured of a cordial welcome by the church.
Charles Manly, Clerk.
MERCER HIGH SCHOOL.
SUNDAY, July 21st. -- Sermon by Rev. J. G. Ryals, of Cartersville.
Monday and Tuesday, July 22nd and 23rd. -- Examination of various classes, interspersed with Reading and Declamation for Prizes, by the smaller boys and girls.
Tuesday, July 23rd. -- Address, at 4 P.M. before the Literary Society, by E. C. Foster, Esq., of Madison.
Wednesday, July 24th. -- Reading and Declamation for prizes, at 9 A.M., byt he larger boys and girls.
Wednesday, July 24th. -- Presentation of Prizes, at 2 1/2 P.M., by W. H. Branch, Esq., of Greenesboro, Ga.
Wednesday, July 24th -- Annual Address at 8 1/2 P.M., by Prof. E. A. Steed, of Mercer University.
Fall Term will open first Wednesday in September.
Penfield, Ga., July 1st, 1872.
Southern Female College, LaGrange, Georgia.
Bristol Female College, Bristol, Tennessee.
Judson Female Institute, Marion, Alabama.
Mary Sharp College, Winchester, Tennessee.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Greenville, S.C.
The Crozer Theological Seminary, Upland, Pennsylvania.
W. E. Ward's Seminary, Nashville, Tennessee.
MRS. MARY W. THOMPSON. --Deceased, on the 6th June, in Brunswick, Ga., sister Mary W. Thompson, aged 62 years, 3 months and 27 days. She was a follower of Jesus 45 years, having united with the Baptist church in Washington county, in 1810. A kind mother, devoted nurse, faithful and sympathizing friend, has left her son and family to mourn her loss. She rests with the saints. E. B. B.
ANN ELIZA WALLER. -- Death has again entered the family circle of J. R. & J. C. Waller, of Erath county, Texas, taking their estimable Ann Eliza. Snatched away; not yet twenty. Such wear and waste! Why weep for her? The true, the pure, the beautiful, are surely found in company in the better world. Prayer and praise were her last expression, before she slept the sleep that knows no waking. methinks I see her walking the streets of the New Jerusalem singing, "Worthy is the Lamb."
June 24th. M. A. A.
MR. HARRISON A. WATTS was born in Wilkes county, Ga., Dec. 9th, 1804, but in 1819 moved to Greene county, where he lived the rest of his life. He was a useful citizen. Having been elected to prominent positions, he filled them with ability and fidelity. He professed religion and joined the Baptist church at Bethesda, in 1828, where his membership remained as long as he lived. He was regular in his attendance at church, a liberal supporter and friend of his paster. He died of dropsy, on the 16th of April, 1872, leaving two children and a host of friends to mourn his loss. They sorrow not as those who have no hope.
W. A. O.
SISTER NANCY HARVEY departed this life, at the residence of her son, Thomas Harvey, in Buena Vista, Ga., May 16th, 1872. She was born January 11th, 1792, and was in her 81st year. For some 45 years, she was a faithful member of the Baptist church. For some time prior to her death, she was confined to the house, and could not go to church, but she was always ready to talk about Jesus, and to have religious exercises. She loved her Bible, her church and her pastor. With her, nothing took precedence of her religion. She subordinated everything to the cause of Christ. She entered quietly and peacefully into rest, leaving a large circle of relations and friends to mourn her departure, but they rejoice in her eternal gain.
THOMAS P. JOHNSON.-- Last tribute of respect to our departed brother, T. P. Johnson, who died June 10th, after a protracted illness of more than four months.
Whereas, In the afflictive dispensation of an All-Wise Providence, one of our most exemplary members has been removed to that bourne from whence no traveller returns; and whereas, his bereaved family has been deprived of the counsel of an affectionate husband, a kind and tender-hearted father, and the community at large, of a good neighbor and citizen, the purity of whose motives, and the rectitude of whose intentions no one would dare call in question; and whereas, his exemplary Christian deportment affords unmistakable evidence to his surviving friends and relatives, that he has received that welcome plaudit, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many; enter thou in to the joy of thy Lord;" and believing the death of such a Baptist deserves a brief notice; therefore be it
Resolved, 1st, That we will bow with humble submission at this afflictive dispensation of an All-wise Providence.
2nd. That his exemplary Christian deportment is worthy the imitation of us all.
3rd. That we will ever cherish an affectionate remembrance for the memory of our departed brother.
4th. That a page in our church book be consecrated to his memory.
5th. That to his bereaved family we tender our heartfelt condolence.
6th. That a copy of the above preamble and resolutions be furnished his bereaved family, and the same be sent to the Index for publication.
Done by order of the church in conference, at Antioch, Troup county, Ga., June 22nd, 1872.
R. H. Jackson, Moderator.
W. P. Edmondson, Clerk.
JACKSON DeLOACH. -- At Associations, Conventions, and all denominational gatherings in Macon, Ga., Jackson DeLoach will be greatly missed by visitors. To how many of the leading ministers and brethren of the Baptist denomination has his generous hospitality been a comfort and a delight?
Bro. DeLoach came to Macon from South Carolina, about the year 1840, a poor young man, having only an "Odd Fellows' Card," and seventy-five cents in money. By his own energies, directed by one of the clearest and quickest minds I ever knew, he had acquired, before the war, a hundred thousand dollars. He was very fortunate in having married to Miss Eliza Wright, whose fine intelligence and magnanimity of soul enabled her to do much for the advancement of her husband. He secured the confidence of his fellow citizens, was elected alderman of the city, one of the Board of Trustees of the State Academy for the Blind," and to other positions of honor and trust. He and his wife were baptized by Rev. J. R. Kendrick, who, at that time was the young pastor of the Macon church. His greatest activity in the church began about the time the present church edifice was erected. He devoted to the building much of time and money, and at its dedication he was ordained a deacon. Under his administration as superintendent, the Sunday school reached a high degree of prosperity. For thirty years he was the subject of constitutional disease, which caused him, during the last ten years, unspeakable anguish, and led to the use of many remedies, some of which, no doubt, were seriously damaging. His heart would almost break in speaking of this trial and awful suffering. In one week, brother and sister DeLoach, were bereaved of three unusually promising boys, and left childless. This was the great blow from which neither of them ever fully recovered. They sought to assuage their grief in loving and helping others, especially the children of ministers and missionaries; but without complete success. The future recognition of, and reunion with their children, have formed their sweetest solace, He has gone to them, and the widowed mother waits for the boatman to come to take her ot the other side where her dear ones dwell. He believed, to the last, that God had "commenced a good work" in him that the blood of Jesus cleanseth him "from all sin;" that he was on the Rock, and that when his sufferings were past, he would rest in Jesus. Gone! but memory retains the facts of his eventful life, and the heart cherishes his good deeds and unchanging friendship.
MRS. GEORGIA MEREDITH-- MRS. CORDELIA CARTER.-- I have been deeply touched by two recent obituary announcements in Georgia. I alluded to the death of Mrs. Georgia Meredith, which occurred on the 21st day of April, in the 68th year of her age; and to that of her daughter, Mrs. Cordelia Carter, wife of Dr. W. E. Carter,--which took place on the 6th instant, near Eufaula, Ala., in the 27th year of her age. These ladies were, the one the wife and the other the daughter of Rev. Thomas Meredith, D. D., who was for many years an eminent minister of our Southern Zion. He was, at one period pastor of the Baptist church at Savannah. Subsequently, he removed to North Carolina, and published the Baptist Interpreter, and Biblical Recorder, wielding the pen editorial with an ability not exceeded by any of his Baptist contemporaries, and not surpassed by the most gifted of his successors. The readers of the Index may be pleased to have a few lines commemorative of those who were so intimately connected with a minister who, in his day, was one of our best and wisest men.
I made the acquaintance of sister Meredith in the autumn of 1840, at her home in Raleigh, N.C., when on my way from Brown University to my first pastoral charge in Augusta. She was then in the prime of life, strikingly beautiful and agreeable -- the fond wife and the happy mother in an interesting domestic circle. We met occasionally in after years; but I had no particular association with her until I became her pastor in Atlanta, some eight years ago. From that time until my removal from the State, it was my pleasure to see her frequently, and to know much of her Christian experience. Her habitual walk was such as to afford the most ample assurance to her friends, that death, to her, has been an unspeakable gain.
Her piety was not of the buoyant type. She saw so much in herself to condemn, was so oppressed by a sense of her utter unworthiness, that she was often afraid to call herself a child of God. Self-distrust was perhaps, the prevalent temper of her heart. This, however, but made her look more earnestly to Jesus, and kept her very low at His feet. When others around her would be expressing themselves with the utmost confidence, as respects their acceptance with God and the certainty of salvation, she would say, "I cannot speak so confidently. God has not blessed me with such strong faith. I can only say, I hope."
Notwithstanding these expressions of apprehension, her life was as earnest and devoted as was that of the most confident. She was ready for every good work, and entered with a cheerful zeal upon every Christian duty. Her place in the sanctuary was never vacant, unless providentially hindered; and when present, there was no more attentive nor appreciative hearer. I remember her earnest black eye, as she used to fix it on the speaker in the beginning of the services, and maintain the closest attention to the end. Her fine intellect was prompt in discerning whatever, in the way either of excellence or of imperfection existed in the sermon; and whilst her generous nature moved her to warm commendation of one, and her Christian charity repressed any condemnation of the other. For twenty-two years she was called to lead the life of a widow--to know by a poignant experience the sorrow of that word. But amidst this and the manifold trials she endured, no murmuring word escaped her lips. For the last few months of her life her health, which had been uniformly vigorous, became impaired. She would then occasionally complain of being weary; and whilst submissive to her Father's will, she would express a desire to depart and be with Christ. All who knew her, must feel that when she died, a "mother in Israel" fell asleep in Jesus.
Not two years have passed since, at the bridal altar, I "solemnized" with the Word of God and with prayer, the plighted faith of the interesting daughter who has so quickly followed her mother to the tomb. Young, beautiful, gifted, it was fondly hoped that God would spare her for many years to bless a devoted husband with her love, and to be useful in his church. But it has pleased the Great Disposer to appoint otherwise. The youngest daughter is the earliest summoned to join a beloved mother in the praises of the New Jerusalem. Fond relatives would have detained her for their earthly comfort and joy; but the Saviour whom she served was saying, "Father, I will that she whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am." His prayer is heard; and the young wife and mother unfolds an unseen wing, and passes to join her sainted parents, who have passed before her to the skies.
The remarkable vivacity which characterized our friend, might have induced those who knew her but casually, to think that she was defective in that dignity and sobriety which become Christian character. But amidst this sprightliness of demeanor, there throbbed the heart of a true Christian woman. In common with multitudes of Southern ladies since the war, she was thrown upon her own resources, in a measure, for support. But she bravely met the emergency, I have seen her, when summoned to stern duties, brushing away the tear which, for the moment, had filled the eye, and then giving herself vigorously to the conflict. Superficial observers might have deemed her volatile; but nothing was farther from the truth. She was at one time one of my Sunday school corps; and during the whole time of her connection with the school, no teacher was more punctual, more efficient as an instructor, and more successful in winning the love of her entire class. Admired and courted in the social circle, and with qualities which fitted her to adorn the parlor, she would cheerfully relinquish the pleasures of society for the self-denying ministries of the sick chamber. I have seen her weeping with strangers in the house of mourning, after she had done everything in her power to "smooth the rugged pathway to the tomb." But I must stop. My heart prompts me to say more, as I know that much remains to be said. May her affecting decease reach the hearts of those out of Christ, for whom she prayed,, and whom she so tenderly loved. May the Merciful Comforter heal the wounds which have been made in the hearts which cherished her.
W. T. B. Baltimore, June 20th, 1872.
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