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C O N T F N T S. 


Flisrouv OK THE FiRsr Presbvteki w Church, by Rev. 
P. H. Hoge, U. I)., 9 

St. Andrew's Church, by Rev. A. D. McClure, . . 24 

Imm.vxufl Ch.apfl, by Rev. \V. MoC. Miller, . .27 

Persoxal Remintscexces, by Rev. M. B Gricr. D. T)., . 31 

Letter from Rev. H L. Sixgleton, . . . -41 

Presextatiox, ........ 46 

Historical Sketch of the Suxi>av-school. by C. H. 
' Robinson, ........ 47 

Old Days ix the Suxii.w-schooi,. b}- Rev. Sidney G 
Lav.', ......... 56 

Sermox: "Yesterday, To-day axd Forever," by Rtv. 
Joseph R. Wilson, 1). D., 68 

The Commuxiox, . . . . . . . -77 

PkESBVTERIAXISM AXD '1 H K Fu'iURE. by Rev. Peyton II. 
Hoge, D. I)., 78 

4 Contents. 


Roll or Mixisieks, ....... 94 

Ministers who have gone out from thk First Pres- 
p.vTERiAx Church, ...... 94 

Roll of Ruling Eldeks, ...... 95 

" " Deacoxs, 96 

" " CoMMUXIC.A>,'TS, ...... 97 

" " Communicants at Immaxuel Chapel, . .102 
" " Nox-Residexi' Commuxicants, . . . 10; 



seVeHtY-FiftH anniversary. 



Thursday, December 8, 8~io P. M. — Reception at Y. M. C. A. Hall. 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER gth, at 8 P. M. 

Hymn 930,— "A Mighty Forire." i- our God,'' Choir. 

Invocation, The Pastor. 

Rearling of Psalm xcii. v 

Hymn 244, — "O God, the Rock of Ages," Congregation. 

Historical Sketches -. 

The First Church Rev. P. H. Hoge, D. D. 

St. Andrew's Church, I'.ev. A. D McClure. 

Immanuel Chapel, \\i:\'. W. McC. Miller. 

Hymn 714, — ''How Firm a Foundation," Congregation. 

Personal Rkminlsckncls : 

Pastorate of 1S52 1S61, Rev. M. 1!. Grier, I). I). 

Pastorale of 1865-1871, Rev. H. I.. Singleton.* 

Presentation, -.. Rev. J. R. Wilson, D. D. 

Prayer, Rev. S. (i. Law. 

Hymn 204, — "God of our S-ilvation ! Hear Ub," CoNc, regation. 

P.cnediction, Rev. M. P>. Griek, D. D. 

* Mr. ^iii^ii.';i>n C'juld nut be ^jrc^ent iv pfrjoii, but hv iciu ,1 lctt':r which .-i[/p»:ari ut 
the firupcr pl.^Oi: iu tht;St; p.ii^cs. 


VoliiutTiy- -Hymn 76, " IIo\r Pleiised and IJlest Was I," CaorR. 

UoxoU'gy, CtlNGUEGATlON. 

Invocation, ...RhV. A. 1). McClurk. 

I'salni cxxii. 
Hymn 55, — "0 L'ay of Kcsland Gladness," Congregation. 

Ivcadin^ of Hebrew.-, xiii. 

Prayer, Kev. S. G. Law. 

Hymn 734. — ''Jesus, SliU Lead on," Congkkgation. 

Otlei lory, --"Calvary," .-. SoLO. 

{ColliCtion for I/':: J\\>r.^ 

Sermon— " Yesterday, To-Day, and Forever," 

Rev. J. R. Wii.suN, I). D. 

Hymn 952, — "O God of Pethel," Congklg\tion. 

Connnunion of the Lord'o Supper, Dr. Grieii and Dk. Wilson, 

Hymn 941, — "Blest be the Tie that Binds," CoNGnLGA-llON. 

Iknedlciion, ...Rev. J. R. Wilson, D. D. 


Hymn i, — "Holy, Holy, Holy," Congregation. 

Frayei, Rev. W. McC. 

Scripture Keeilations, _ .Sckjolp. 

Hymn 54, — "Ttll me Whom my Soul L>otli Love,". .Congregation. 

Historical Sketch, Mk. C H. Hoiunson. 

Hvmn 122, " lesus, Sa\iour, Pilot Me," Congregai ion. 

Address,— "Old Day., in the Sur.d.ay-school." Rkv. S. V,. Law. 

Prayer,. Rev. ("r. W, 

Hymn 74, — "Tra\eHing to the Belter Land," XoNCiKEr.ATluN. 

Benediction, Kuv. S. G. Law. 


Ilynui 511, — "Hark, the Song of Jubilee," Congkkga tiox. 

Lord's Frnser. 

Psalms cxxxiil. antl cxwiv. 

Anthem, "I'laise the Loid, O my Soul," CllOlk. 

Reading of Ephe.sians iv. 1-16. 

Prayer, Rev. M. B. Grier, D. D. 

Hymn S67, — " My Soul, Repeat His Praise," Conguegation. 

Sermon, — " Prc.ibyterianisni and the l'^iture,"_ .Rev. P. II. Hoge, 1). D. 

Response, — "Jesus Shall Reign," M.\le Quartette, 

Prayer, Rev. J. R. Wilson, D. D. 

Hymn 7:^5, — "Onward, Christian Soldiers," Congregation. 

Benediction, The Pastor. 





THE first sermon by a Presbyterian minister in V>'ilmington, 
of which theie is any record, vas preached l-'ebruary 15, 
17^6, by Rev. Hugh McAden, whose descendants in the fifth 
generation are on the roll of the charcli at the present time. 
In 1760 Rev. James Tate, and in 17S5 Rev. William Bingham, 
both Presb\terian ministers from Ireland, opened classical 
schools in Wilmington, and preached here, and in adjoining 

There seems to have been no formal organization prior to 
1S17, the Presbyterians worshiping with the Episcopalians 
and Methodists, wlio alternately worshiped in th.e Episcopal 
C'hurch. At that time a petition from ""a large and respect- 
able ntimber of citizens of WilmiPigton," met to organize them- 
seh-es into a Prcbbylerian congregation, was presented to Fay- 
etteville Presbytery, asking to be taken under the care of 
Presbytery. The petition was granted and the cluirch was 
enrolled. There is no record of the fornval organization of 
the church by a Comir.ittee of Presbytery, but it ma}- have been 
done by Rev. Colin Mclver,- who was a[)pointei.l to preach 
there before the next stated meeting of Presbytery. At all 
events, in iSio. Mr. fohn .Mc.Xuslan was seated .as commis- 
sioner from the c'r.urch in Wilmington. 

In May, iSiS, tiie congregation assembled in the Episcopal 


'tl^ MeMORI-vI,. 

Church — thc'^. on Maiket strce', bc'tw.^en Tiiird and Fourlh — 
and heard a sermon froni Rev. James O. Andrews, a minister, 
and afterwards a 'nishcp, oi' the Methodist Episcoj>al Church, 
alter wliicii a precession ^vas formed and marched lo the site 
chosen for the Presbytcri.m Church, on the cast side of Front 
street, between Dock and Orange. 'I'here the comer-stone 
was laid by St. John's Lodge and Concord Chapter. 

On May 12, 1S19, Rev Artemus Boies, a Ucentiate, having 
been duly and unaniraousl}- called, was regularly ordained and 
installed pastor of the church bv Fayetteville Pre5b}tery, con- 
vened there for the purpose. 

November 3, 1819, the cluirch was destroyed in a disastrous 
f:re that swept away nearly all that portion of the town, thereby 
wiping out, let us hope, the reproach upon tire chuich of hav- 
ing rai::.ed the money for building it by a lottery. 

With commendable zeal and liberality, in spite of tlie pros- 
trate condition of the city, tiie congregation went to work to 
rebuild. I'hcy were ger.erously assisted from without, and 
through tliC kindness of P.ev. .-\dani Empie, rector of St. 
James' (EpiscojKal; Church, they meanwhile occupied that 
building one half of each Sabbath-day. The corner-stone of 
the new church was laid in 1S20, and the building was com- 
pleted in 1S21. 

Mr. Boies had meanwhile accepted a call from Charleston, 
where he had ^■is!ted while seekiiig fundus for ihc new cluirch. 
He was a man of taste and cultivation, and his wo! k in Charles- 
ton was greatly blessed. (Jn account of his health he returned 
to New England, and at the time of his death (,[844) was in 
.charge of the Pine Street Church in Boston. 

Mr. Boies was succeeiled, after an intcrwd, by K(:\-. Leonard 
E. Lathro]). a native of Hel-ron, Conn., who v.-as ordained 
and installed in January, 1S23. At tiie first communion of 
this pastorate fifteen ladies were added to tiie cliurcli, and at 
tlu- second, one gentleman — the first male member received on 






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RF.V. mos. p. HUNT. 

Historical Sketch. ti 

exi'tnination since tl'.e orgaui;:'Ation of tlie church. In conse- 
quence of ill-health Mr. Lathrop re^iyned his charge in Octo- 
ber, 1S24. His very useful ministry was terminated by death 
in 1S57. 

'I'h.e church was supplied at intervals after the departure of 
Mr. Lathrop, until, in April, 1S27, Rev. Noel Robertson, a 
licentiate of the Seconil Presbytery of New York, was ordained 
and installed pastor. "I'he relation was dissolved at his re- 
quest in the .\pri! of tb.e following year, and in October of the 
same year he died, at Manayunk, Pcnn., in the 2 2d year of 
his age. 

iVfter this the churcl; sunk into a period of great depression. 
It v/as without a session ; its pulpit was for a while profaned 
by a nian of scandalous intemperance, and many families seem 
at dns time to have left the church. In 1S30, a ray of light 
fell on the darkness. The tlrst amuial re-jjort to the General 
Assembly was seait up in the spring of this year, and is as fol- 
lows : '• Communicanrs (at beginning of year), 30 ; added on 
examination, 6; died, 1 ; dismissed, i ; total, 34; infants bap- 
tized, 4.'' The facts are exj.lained ly the \isit of Rev. W. S. 
Plumer (then a young niai-i), as a ]_)omestic Missionary, 

The better times thus begun grew brighter in the latter part 
of the same year, \\hen Rev. Thomas P. Hunt (a stepson of. 
Rev. Moses Hoae, D. 1).), came to W'dmingcon as a temper- 
ance lecturer. He remained with this people, and under his 
preachii^.g tlie church was revived; a session, consisting of 
Alexander .\nderson, William P. Hurt, Jamts Owen, and 
Robert W. Gibbs, was elected in March, 1S31, and May 13, 
1S32, Mr. Hunt was installed pastor. Petore his installation, 
as shown by the rejiort to Presbytery that spring, the number of 
communicants had been increased by twenty-nine, a Sunday- 
scliool with forty-nine scliolars had been orgarii/ed, and also a 
Foreign Missionarv So'.'iety. .Mr. Hunt preached his farewell 
sermon, June 22, 1S34, having been appointed agent to re- 

12 Memop.iai.. 

ceive funds tor the endowment of Donaldson Academy at 


In November of that year, Rev. James A. McXeill arrived 
in Wihnington as Stated Supply for one year. He was then a 
licentiate, but was during the year ordained s;/u- titulo. At 
the end of the year he was caliedi to ti<e pastorate, but on ac- 
count of failing health was never installed. He left Wilming- 
ton in the summer of 1S36, in the hojieof regaining his health, 
and was nf\cr able to resume his lal'ors. He paid a visit to 
his people in the following November, and then took passage 
for Cuba. He died of consumption, September 27, 1S37. 

In 1S37, tlie church was s.upf.lied for a few months b\' Rev. 
Robert Southgate, and in 1S38, by Rev. Hen^y Brown, a 
brother of the now venerable Rev. \\'iHiam Brown, 1). D., for 
many years pernianent clerk of the General Assemblv. His 
labors of a few months were much blessed. In the end of that 
year, Rev. W. W . Kells, a licentiate oi Harn^ony Presbytery, 
was invited to ^Vllmington, and after laboring a icw months 
was called to tlie pastorate, and was ordained and installed, 
April 28, I S3 9, 

In March, iS^c, tlie building of a session-room in the rear 
of the church was determined on, and it v.-as dedicated October 
22nd of the san-ie year. It was used. {C'' tix' Sabbath-school, 
the weekly prayer-meeurigs and lectures, and contained a room 
for the pastor's study. The t'lrst organ introd.uced duriiig 
this pastorate. 

Mr. Eclls was in delicate health, a-:d for that reason was 
much away from li:s charge, and resigr.ed in Se;.;tember, 1841. 
He continued to supjjly the prjpit at "die urgent request of the 
congregation until February, 184-'. a'.;'-;ou.:)i tiie pastoral rela- 
tion had been dis-job.ed the preceddr.g Noveinber. The mem- 
bership at the close of his ministr\- w.-s fifty. 

Rev. Thomas R. Owen, v, bo ii.ui become a candidate for 
the ministry frcrn tliis church duriig the pastorate of Mr. 

HisroPJCAL Sketch. 13 

Hunt, frequently supijlicd ilio pnlrif during Mr. ]'',e]l?,' absences, 
and was called lo the -xisiorate th-- AuL:u^;t .'ifler his resigna- 
tion. The following Septcnibtr (1843), to tlie sivrprise and re- 
gret of the congregatio.i, he tendered his resignation without 
having been installed. 

The great need of the church during all this period was a 
settled pastorate. In less than thirt\- \ears it had had seven 
pastors or regular s'lpi'lics, all be.t two of whom were ordained 
in coni^.ection with Lhis riiurch. Of its first four pastors, Mr. 
Boies, Mr. Lathrop, and Mr. Hunt were still living and labor- 
ing successfully elsewhere. If any one of them could have con- 
tinued with tliis church, it would have de\-elo[;ed into much 
greater strength before this time. Uut it is evident that the 
proper de^•elopment and training of the congregation could not 
take place under these con.ditions. The male members were 
few ; the session was small ; there were no deacons ; and the 
affairs of the church were almost entirely in the hands of the 
trustees — a j)ablic-s}nrited, high-toned body of men, but for the 
most part not communicants. 

In January, 1S45, Rev. J. O. Stedman began his labors 
here, for reasons of his own preferring to act as stated sup[)ly. 
He remained with the congregation tor six }-ears, and under 
his care t!ie growth of the clmrch was rapid and substantial. 
Great attention was [)aid to tlie cateclietical instruction of the 
children of the Sabbath-sciiool ; a Sabbath-scliool for colorctl 
persons was organized; the monthly concert of prayer for mis- 
sions was rcuularlv observed ; a Juvenile Mi-;sionar)- vSociety 
was foimed. an:l also a Domestic Missionary Society. 

March 2^, 1S47. a congregational meetiiig resoh-ed on the 
remodelling oi' tlie interior of the church. Previous to tiiis 
time It had had upon the slides next tt^ tlie walls the old-tasli- 
ioned box-pews, with scats upon th.ree sides, and the high pul- 
pit, elevated upon Ionic pillars and reached by v.-inding stairs. 
All this v,-as changed, and a modern pulpit and comfortable 

14 Memorial. 

modern pews were introduced. A new bell was ndtled in 
1S50, costuvj; $|,4''^''. 'l'l>e old l)e!l was given in jiarl payrner.t, 
and Captain Oillicrt I'otter gave tlie rest. In the latter part 
of this year a protracted meeting was held by Rev. Daniel 
Baker, tlie Texas missionar)-, and fourteen or fifteen souls were 
hopefuli) converted. 

Mr. Stedman in 1S51, on account of the ill-health of his 
wife, declined the regular call tendered him by the congrega- 
tion, and in Angiii-t, preached his tarewel! sermon. During 
the period of Mr. Stedman's services (si.x; years and si.\ months) 
there were admitted on examination, 34 white and i6 colored 
members: and on certificate, 30 white and 5 colored. The 
dismissals were 13, and the deaths 7. 'I'he membership re- 
ported the following spring was 84. 'J1ie contributions for 
benevolent objects (Foreign Missiuns, W'aldenses, Colonization. 
Society, Education, Union Seminar), Domestic Missions, ]]ible 
and Tract Societies, etc.). amounted to $2,450.16. 

'J'he changes in the session presious to the close of Mr. 
Stedman's term of service were as follo'.\s: In 1S35, William 
P. Hort remo\ed beyond the bounds of the congregation, and 
in 1S36, Mr. Ilervey Law ap|)ears as a member of the session. 
He was at one time the effi<:ient superintendent of the Sunday- 
school, but reino\-e(.l North in the summer of 1S50. Mr. 
Ale.xander Anderson, who had jiresided over the original 
meeting that petitioned Presbyter}- for the organization ol the 
church in 1S17, died in \ovember, 1S44, just before Mr. 
Stedman came. On January 10, 1850, Mr. John C Patta, 
previously a ruling ekler in the Fayetteville Church, was 
elected to that office by tliis congregation. 

Rev. .M. 1>. Grier, of l!ie Presbytery of Baltimore, liegan 
labors liere as Slated Supply, Jul}' iS, 1852, and tlie hjllowing 
February 'A'as elected pastor, but was not inslalledi until May 
iS, 18^4. In 1S54. a brick dwelling (jn Front street, near Red 
Cross, was purcliased for a manse (destroyed in tlie fire ot 

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18S6), and by 1S55 the congrcgr-tio.i had p.-^id !^ .1,000 on this 
account, and the same year contn'oiUed s 1,1 00 to U'lion Scni- 
inarv, and $3,000 to tht; Seamen's FrL.nd Society. In 1857 a 
new orcan, costing $.',;,oo, \\as placed in the ch.i.rch, the old 
one being used in part paymerit. 

In 1S58 the chiijch was visited with a memorable revival. 
One of the elders returned froni a con\-ention of ciders and 
deacons in Greensboro with qvnekened zeal. .A prayer-meet- 
incr was called to consul: and pra}' together o\-er tlie interests 
of the churcli. The pastor was absent on missionary duty, 
and when he returned found the tide of interest and feeling 
risinc'-. 'Prayer and preaching services were arranged at once, 
the families of the church were visited, and many went daily 
to the pastor's study to receive counsel and guidance. Special 
meetings were arranged for t'ne colored people, who could not 
attend the day services. The immediate results of tliis work 
of grace were great. In three months forty-two white and 
twenty colored persons were received into the communion of 
the church, many of them young men. A mission chapel 
(situated on Chesnut street, between Seventh and Eighth) was 
erected as a thank-'offering for God's mercy, and used for a 
time as originally designed. On .\ovember 6, 1S58, fourteen 
persons, including one of the ruling elders, Mr. John C. Latta, 
were dismissed to form the Second l'resb_\terian Church, and 
the new bi ilding was surrendered to them for a house of 
worship. On November 29th the session was enlarged by the 
election of Dr. James H. Dickson, John N. Andrews, Barzillai 
G. Worth, George Chadbourn and James C. Snuth. At the 
same time the fir.-^t Board of Deacons was elected, consisting 
of Cai)tain Gilbert I'ottcr, j'.hn W. K. Di\, Tliomas C. Worth, 
Malcolm Mclnnis, Joseph G. Russell, Sanniel Norihroi), anrl 
James 1). Cunnning. These officers were ordained December 
iS, 1S5S. Anotlier fruit of the revival was tiie organisation of 
a Young .Men's I'rayer Meeting, liiat was kept ui. until the 

1 6 Memorial. 

and was useful in inaugurating nii^^sion work in the southern 
part of the city. 

April 13, 1S59, tlie chuicli, '.\liich was valued at about 
$10,000, and on uiuch there was no insurance, was burned to 
tlie ground. A subscri])tion was liegun on the s|)Ot, and a meet- 
ing was heM in Dr. 1 >ic!;soi:'s oflKC the same evening to 
initiate proccedi!;gs for rebuilding; a committee ap]:)ointed 
to secure subscripiions, and at the next, ineetiiig of th.e ofticers a 
subscrii",>tion of $14,000 was reported. Citizens of all denomi- 
nations contributed liberally. .'^er\icc was held in the lecture- 
room (which was still standing) tlie next Sunday, and Mr. 
Grier preached froiv: }:<\. l\iv. ri. Tliu lecture-room was too 
contracted t"or liie congregation, and so the use of the City 
Hal! was obtained, and v.'orship Y>as held there from May 22, 
1S59, until the new church \vas completed. 'l"he S}-nod held 
its sessions in rhat room in the fail of the same year. 

It was decided not to rebuild on 'the old site, so the lot with 
the lecture-room upon it wa:^ sold, and also the manse, and 
the present lot with the buildings on it was purchased for 
$7,5<'io. Out of tiiese buildings a manse was fitted up. The 
plan, for the new cliurch was diawn by Saniuel Sloan, of Phila- 
delphia, and the estimated cost was ^20,000. Mr. James 
Walker was the contractor who erectetl it. The bell Avas the 
gift of Mr. Crcorge II .rris.s. and. tlie oigan (winch was not put 
in until after the late war) was cjiietly t!ie .dft of Mr. ¥A\ Murra\'. 
The new kiouse was dedicated April 28, 1S61, the pastor 
preacliinc the sermon. 

It was with mutual regret that during this year pastor and 
peoj.ile recognized the necessit}' of sefiaration, on account of 
.their diffe'-ent attitudie t»ward the greai struggle tlien impend- 
ing. Mr. Grier left \^'iImlnL;to^l abor.t June i, iS6r. and the 
pastoral relatiun severed by I'rcsbvtery the following 

I)urii>.g tliis pastorate there were 57 white pel sons and 41 

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colored received on examination, and 34 white persons by 
certificate; 25 persons were dismissed to other churches, and 
the membership reported the following S[)ring was 195. In 
1857 there were 130 scholars in tire Sal)bath-school, and iSo 
in iS'So. From 1853 to 1861, $846 was contributed for Foreign 
Missions, $845 for Sustentation, $882 for Fducation, and S169 
for Publication. Mr. Grier, on leaving Wilmington, became 
editor of The Presbyterian^ of Philadelphia, and has remained 
in connection with it to the present time. The ])eriod of his 
pastorate was one of great blessirig to the church, tlie inlliience 
of which we rejoice in to the present time. The churcli 
entered upon a higher plane of usefulness, from which it has 
never since descended. 

During the civil war the church was without a pastor, but 
on the temporary suspension of tlie Seroud Clvarch, its pas- 
tor, Rev. Martin McCjueen, supplied this church. This was in 
1863 and 1864. Ill the latter ])art of 1S64. and a few months 
of 1S65, it was sni;plied by Rev. A. D. Hejiburn. During 
this period four white persons were received on examination, 
and tv.-o colored; by certificate, four wliite persons. The 
period was not yiropirious for outward giowth. The numerical 
decline was material. Put in the turnace of aflliction the faith 
of many shone brighter, and whether doing their duly on the 
.field of battle, or in the plague-stricken town, there were not a 
few who, proving faithful unto death, receixcdlh.e martyr's crown. 

Rev. Horace L. Singleton, of tiie Presbytery of PnUiinore, 
was called to the pastorate Xcn-euiber 21, 1865, having already 
entered ujwn his labors, and was installed May 6, 1S66. He- 
served the chur.di until October i, 1871. 

Seasons of re\ival are reported in the spring of 1867, when 
special servic-es were held, and 10 jersons made profession of 
their faith l)etween t'le sjiring aivl summer rominunion ; in 
1S69, wlien morning pirayer-nieetings were held for a week, 
and 16 were received at the i^i'ring communion; aiid in 1870, 

iS MfMORTaI,. 

when t6 made viroft'ssion of their faith at the same season. 
In all, 70 -.vere adiu'd '.o the cliuroh on fxariination, and 57 
on certificate during this jjisiorate. The tola! membership at 
the clos'j was i 7 2 

In the first 3'car of Mr. Singleton's ministry tlie debt of 
$10,000 resting on the church was cancelled, the eastern por- 
tion of the churcli lot, with the buihlings on it, being sold. 
In Januar\, 1S7 i, the lecture room was reported ready tor use 
The practice of takmg stated collections lor the benevolent 
operations of the ch.urclr had not been commenced, but in 
1870 a balarice of S310, and in 1S71, of $438, was distributed 
among the, diiYerent causes. On Apiil 21, 1867, the Chesnut 
street Presbyterian Chuich (colorec'.), in connection witli the 
Northern General Assembly, was organized with thirty-four 
members, most of whom came by letter fro!n this churcli. They 
purchased from the Second Church tlie building originally 
erected by this congregation as a mission chapel. 

At the beginning of this pastorate there were but two el- 
ders,* George Chadbourn, and J. C. Smith Robert W. Gibbs 
Gibbs had died in iS6i, Mr. Andrews had removed from the 
city. Dr. Dickson had laid down life in the yellow-fever 
scourge of 1S62, and Gen. Owen had died in 1S65. Of the 
board of deacons, Dr. \Vortli and Mr. Dix were also \ ictims 
of the yellow lever, and Cap.t. I'otter died in 1S61. The re- 
maiiiing deacons were Samuel Northrop, James D Gumming, 
Joseph li. Russel, and .Malcolm Mclnnis. February 2, iS68, 
A. .A.. Willard. John McLaurin, James D. Cummiiv;, Samuel 
NortlT-O;-!, and C. 11. Robinson, were elected ruling elders, 
and Thomas W. Pla\er, G. W. Williams, D. G. Worth, W. 
AN'hiteliead, and K. P. George, were elected deacons. A few 
weeks later. C. P. Mebane was elected deacon, Mr. .\lclnnis 

•Mr. B. O.Worth bad r.movca to tli- North at t!i. c!i's,;(;f the war, but, n- 
turniuK .-Lortlv ut't.rv.MrJ.-^, \v;>.- r-.-t-Kctt <l to th.- tl-lL-rship. 

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RhV. Wil.l.I.VM .-. I'l.UMl.K, I). U. 

Historical Sketch. in 

having remcr/ed to BrookI\-n, X. V. Stej)s were shortly after 
taken for tlie more thorough oiganizatioi; o*" the coivreuation 
for Christian work. 

In the ]~)L-cen-iber following Mr. Singleton's reinoval. Rev. 
A. F. Dickson began to supply the pulpit, and was called to 
the pastorate, March 20. 1S7.?. Up to this time eighteen per- 
sons had been received into th.e church upon profession of 
faith. He was installeil June r. but his pastorate continued 
less than a year from that date. The church was at this time 
distracted by a piainfid division, anrl in Abiv. 1S73, the congre- 
gation united v.ddi Mr Dickson in his request to Presln'tery 
for a dissolution of the relation, bcaiing unanimous testimony 
" to his ardent. hund)le piety ami to his entirely faultless 
Chri;,tian cliaracter and deportment," and expressing their 
•■'lull appreciation of the earnestness, zeal nnd fidelity witli 
which he discharged his duties as pastor of tliis chr.rch." 'I'he 
membership at the close of this pastorate was one hundred and 

During this time I'k P. George was dismissed to Denver, 
Col., and James Sprunt was elected deacon in his place. 

From Sep>tcrnber, 1S73, until the vacancy in the pastorate 
was filled, the church was tavored with the regular ministra- 
tions of that venerable servant of Crod, Rev. William S. 
Plumer, IX I)., v.ho tbrty-ti.ree \ears before had \-isited the 
church in its time of tlecpest darkness. Now as then, the 
church was greatly conitorted and blessed by his inini^trations. 
Dr. Plumer (-ontinued. to come over weekly from Columbia 
and preach on the Sabbath, until in March. 1S74, Rev. Joseph 
R. Wilson, D. D., of Columbia Seminary, having received a 
unanimous call to the pastorate of the church, entered upon 
his labors. He was insialled. Xosember 1, 1874. 

The beginning of this j^astorate (the bir.gest iri thehistor) of 
tlic church) was marked by a gracious outi)Ouring of the Hoi)- 
Spirit, and during the first year 36 persons were received on 


profession of faith and 20 by letter. Again, in the year ending 
April, iSSo, the special presen'C of the Holy S])i;it is indicated 
by the atUlitio:-; of 2^ on profession of tailh. During the whole 
])asturate 121 were received on profession of fnilli and 66 on 
certificate. .Amrjug the more important e\-ents of this period 
are the followin- : The re-])urchase (in 1S74) of the eastern 
portion of the church lot, witli the handsome residence that 
iuid meanwhile been erected ujjon. it ; the entire extinction in 
i87(; i^\ the debt <->f Si -1,552, tinough the labors of (7. \V. Wil- 
liams, chairman oi'the board of deacons ; the building of the an- 
nex to the lecture room in i<SS3. for tlic use of the infant ciass; 
the abohtion of pew rents and the inauguration ol the present 
S)Stem of svdi-cription and weekly contributions; and the adop- 
tion ol the Asscmbh's system of stated collcclions for the be- 
neficcnl of the church. 

Under this last pbm tlie contril-utions to these causes greatly 
incrciscvl. and were for the whole ].)eriod as folUnvs: Foreign 
Missions, ^^4.132: Sustentation. S762 ; l^vangeHstic, $1,250; 
Education. S.-oo ; Invahd Fund, S755 ; Publication. $311; 
Tnsk:doo>a InsLitute, S272. Ihe increase may be seen by 
comparing the VM^l for these objects reported April, 1S75, 
$459, with the total of S9S6 in 1SS5. These figures would be 
larger if cert.iin special contributions had been included m die 

The iollowing changes occurred during this time in die 
session ainl boaul of deacons : James \). Cumming in 1873 
was dismissed to Tarboro, and James C Smith in iSSi to 
Cala!) ; bo-'i h;i.l served as clerk of session for many years Of 
the deacor.s. Mr. Whitehead was tlismissed to layetreville in 
1S74. Mr. Russed moved to Charleston, and in 1S79, author- 
ized his n.v.v,e to be dropped from the list of deacons, and in 
the same ye.-.r Mr. Player v/as removed by death. C)n Decem- 
ber 21. iS-e. r>. F. H:dl was elce-ted n ling elder, and James 
Alderma-.u jo:-.n D. Taylor, H. II. Munson, and W. R.Kenan, 

Historical Sketch. 21 

were elected deaccns. In Tvlnrcli, iSS^-> Mr. Alderman was 
removed by death. 

In Febnui->, 18S5, Dr. Wdson, l-,.iving been elected Profes- 
sor of Th-ology in the Southwestern University. Clarksville, 
Tenn._. and dfemingit his duty to accept, sorrowfully requested 
the dissolution of the pastoral tie. The churcli as sorrowfully 
united in the request, and, on April ist, tlie relation was termi- 

In September. 1853, Rev. Peyton H. PTcigc, of Richmond, 
Va., was called to the j.astorate of the church. He formally 
began his labors, December ist, and was installed January 24, 
1SS6 Again God uvis pleased to set the seal of his approba- 
tion upon thei)astoul rcl ition by graciuusly outpouring his 
Holy Spirit. The week betbre the installation a Mothers' 
Prayer-meeting was held daily, and such v/as the interest de- 
veloped thit the pastor preached every niglit of tlie following 
week. The next Sunday 22 made public profession of their 
faith, and during the year, 39 in all were received on profession 
of faith and 15 on cevtihcate. Frequent seasons of revival 
have since gladdened the hearts of pastor and peoi)le, especially 
in connection with tb.e spring communion, when morning 
prayer-meetings are held daily for one or two weeks. The 
most memorable revival season was the sj;ring of 1S8S, wlien 
our city was blessed by tlie presence and labors of Rev. 
R. G. Pearson, evangeiist. The meetings were held in the 
warehouse of the Champion Comp-ress Company, and consisted 
of Bible-readings at 1 1 A. M., and preaching at 8 P. M., fol- 
lowed by an inquiry meeting. Meetings for pra\er and 
preaching had i)reviously Iteen hehl in all parts of the cit\-, and 
much thorough work was doi^ie in jjrefiaring for the meetings 
both rnarerially and sp'iritually. In all this the pastor and 
people of this church, took an active pait, andi with other 
Christians of th.e city v.-iited upon tlie Loid in prax'er K^r his 
blessing. The city v,as stirred to its deptlis, audiences of two 

2 2 Memorial. 

and three thousand crowded the buiUhiig, and liundreds of new 
converts and backsliders reclaimed revealed the power and 
blessing of the Holy Sjiirit, while Christians were wonderfully 
quickened and a nen- imj)ulse gi\'en to every good work. That 
year the additions to this church were 69 on profession of 
faith and 21 on certihcate — the largest number in the history 
of the church. 

During the present pastorate the corigregation has been re- 
organized for Christian v.-ork. 'i"he Young Ladies' Missionary 
Society, previously contributing to both home and foreign 
work, now devotes itself cxxlusiwly to the industrial schools 
and other work in connection with Imman.uel Chapel. 'I'lie 
Ladies' Foreign Missionary Societ). assisted by the Gleaners (a 
society of }-oung girls), sufiport a missionary in the foreign 
field, while the F.dgar Woods Society (composed of rnen), sup- 
ports the medical missionary for whom it is named. The 
Ladies' Aid Society does benevolent and missionary work 
among the poor. At tlie same time that the church began 
the support of Dv. \\'oods it vuidcitook the support of an 
evangelist for our Mission Chapel. 

Among the events of this [lastorate may be noted : The 
building first of the school-house, and later of the chapel for 
the mission; the renovation and remodelling of the interior of 
the church; the building of the ^'oung Men's Clu-i?tian .Asso- 
ciation Hall, to whicli dus congregation was the largest con- 
tiibutor; and tlic opening by a meniber of this church of the 
commodious reading-room in the Seamen's Home. 

The following changes in the Session and Hoard of Deacons 
have taken place: in 1 SS6 John I). 'I'aylor was elected ruling 
elder in place of Jaines C. Smitli, dismissed, and the vacancy 
thus caused on the Uojrd of Deacons, and tliat due to the 
death of Mr. Alderman, were filleti \>y the election of H. C 
McQv.een anrl J. 11. Currie. I'pon tlie death of George 
Chadbourn, v.hose long and useful services to the church ended 

Ktstorical Sketch. 23 

July 8, iS.jT, David G. Woriii vras elecLed ruling elder, and 
James 11. Chadhourn, jr., to his place on the iJoard of Dea- 
cons. On the removal of J. H. Currie to Fayelleville, Novem- 
ber, 7, 1 89 2, W. A. Riach, W. M. Cummin^;, and E. S. l"en- 
nent, were elected deacons, the niunber of the board bein'-f 
increased to ten. 

Before the beginning of the present pastorate the session 
instituted a thorougli revision, of the rolLs, revealing 263 names, 
of which 27 v.-cre placed, upon the re'dred list, inquiry failing 
to elicit the informatioii necessary to their dismissal to other 
churches, \\hile 20 others, followed up with similar inquiries, 
were dismissed, droppedi, or suspended, as the case required, 
thus leaving a membership of 2 1 6. To them there liave been 
added, on profession of faith, 215, and on certificate loS. 
There have died 55. and been dismissed, dropped, or sus- 
pended 61; making die net gain 207, and the present mem- 
bersliip 423. 

Tlie contributions for the seven years have been : Home 
Missions, $18,214.58; Foreign Missions, $9,944.95; Educa- 
tional Causes, $4,056.24; all other benevolences, $21,985 91; 
total of benevolence, $54,201.68; congregational, $47,984.67; 
grand total, $102,186.35. Tliis includes a legacy of $5,000 
in the hands of the trustees not yet expended 

Here then, for the present, we raise our Ehenezcr, thanking 
God tor what he has done tor us in the past, and trusting the 
same hand tliat has brought us into this grace vv'herein we 
stand to lead us through whatever trials ma\" be before us, and 
to enable us to do greater things for the honor and glory of his 
name. Amen. 



This church was originally the Second Presbyterian Church 
of our city. It was organized b\- the Presbytery of l''a_\etteville, 
November 21, 1S5S. Of llic fourteen founders, original com- 
municants, but six still survive, and but two of these are now 
members of this church. Three who united with the church 
in 1859. ^^^'^ one in 1S61, are still aciive members. For the 
first sixteen years the tenure of life was frail, only forty-three 
members being added during this tinie. There were two made 
ruling elders, and four, deacons, at the organization. Of tliese, 
but one of the deacons is with us— now an elder. Rev. Mar- 
tin McQueen v/as tlie fitst minister, serving as supply from Jan- 
uary, 1S59, until December, 1863. For the seven years 
immediately succeeding, the church had no minister. 

For three years fron) November, 1S70, the puljiit v,-as sup- 
plied by Rev. H. ]]. Purr. The church was again without 
supply for seven uionths. June i, 1S74, the first pastor, Rev. 
C. M. Payne, D. I)., began his ministry, to continue for 3 term 
of almost ten years of usefulness. During his ministrv the 
church made stead) progress — reporting fifty members in 1S75, 
and 136 in April, 1SS4. There were no sj>ceial ingatherings 
in this time, the largest number of new members reported at 
any communion Ix-ing fifteen ; but a steady growth, sucli as the 
church has co.itinued to liave. During this period our records 
make special mention of Mr. Alexander Sprunt and Mr. John 
Cohill as ruling elders, whose term of service ex])ireij, the 
first by his departure to be with Christ, the other by removal 
to serve the Mastej in other jdaces. 




St. Andrew's Church. 25 

During the fev.- months, until the election and coming of Dr. 
Primrose, services weie conducted Ity the elders. Rev. J. W. 
Primrose was installed pastor. January 1 1, 1SS5, and continued 
inactive and efficient service until his release, December 31, 
1890, to become evangelist of the Synod of Missouri. During 
his i)astorate the church had the same steady growth in mem- 
bership, with an especially large number added in the years 
i<S87_'S8-'89. Several new elders and deacons were added 
also. During the six montiis, uiUi! the coming of the present 
pastor (Rev. A. D. McClure, who prepared and read this 
paper), the church held together earnestly under the faithful 
leadersliip of its ciders. 

The present pastorate began July i, 1891, with a mem- 
bership of two hundred a.nd twenty-si.x, and has added fifty- 
nine snice. 

The building in v>-hich the congregation worshiped from 
its origin until 1867, was erected by the First Church. In 
1 86 7 it was sold to the First African Presbyterian Church of 
this city. Thenceforward, until May 4, 1S73, the congrega- 
tion worshiped in Brooklyn H:d!. In this time, under Mr. 
Burr's ministrv. the tiuihhng now used as lecture room and 
chapel was er-jcted as the church building, and so used until 
18S9. It was dedicated May 4. 1873, and Mr. Burr left in No- 
vember of tlvj same year. During the ])astorate of Dr. Payne 
the manse wns built where the nev,- church now stands. During 
the pastorate of Dr. Pri^lro^e, additional property for a new 
manse, yet to be built, was bought, and the old manse removed 
to an adjoining lot. to give place and room lor the erection of 
the commodious and modern church building we now occupy. 
The (hurch, Iw a two-thirds vote, changed tlie name, Septem- 
ber 19, 1 888, from Second Church to St. .Andrew's. A new 
building was at once erected, and dedicated June 9, 1SS9. 
This church, widi its ;)resenl i)asior, lour ruling elders an^l ten 
deacons, and a m.enibershii) of two hundred and si.xty, con- 

2 6 Memorial. 

tributed last year the sum of $4, 103. The income of tliis year 
will be at least $1,000 more than last year. 

We maintain a Sabbath-school of more than two hundred, 
with a Bible-class of young men of twenty-four, and a young 
ladies' class of tifteen. 

The Church Aid Society, working for the poor of the church, 
and the care and improvement of the church property ; a cir- 
cle of King's Daughters, working specially for our orphans' 
home; and the Ladies' foreign Missionary Society, are our 
organizations of women in church work. 

We have an interesting children's society calling itself 
'■ Eai'nest Workers," using its income for Foreign Missions. 

A Brotherhood of Andrew and Philip, composed mostly of 
young men, and working specially for young men, has a meet- 
ing on Sabbath mornings f^r prayer and the study of our 
Confession of Faith. This meets once a month for business. 
With fifty-five members this brotherhood secured one lecturer 
this 3"ear, and is arranging for several next year. They have a 
nucleus of a library, and mean to issue a monthly paper. 
They hope to have a reading-room and to do some other 
things in this line besides that already named, and thei. special 
work of inviting strangers to our services and securing the at- 
tendance of young men. 

On the whole, the outlook for om' church is encouraging, 
and we ask you to pray for us. 

M M A N U E L C H A P K L. 

By rev. \V. McC. miller. 

In the revival of 1S5S, one of the forms in which the quick- 
ened spiritual life of God's people manifested itself, was a deep 
interest in city mission work. Active etforts were at once put 
forth in that direction, which resulted in the building of a mis- 
sion cha])el on Chesnul street, between Seventh and Eighth. 
Thus, the memorable year of 1S5S was the beginning of 
organized mission work in the city by the First Church. After 
the new chapel was surrendered for a house of \^ orship to the 
colony that fornved the Second Church (November 6, 1858), 
the mother church looked elsewhere for work. So, on March 
I, 1859, it was determined to build a house in the lower part 
of town. Mr. John A. Taylor donated a lot on Wooster 
street, between Fiftli and Sixth, a building was erected, and 
there a Sabbath-school was organized, under J. A. Andrews 
as superintendeiit, and niaintained until the demoralization of 
war times rendered it impossible to continue it longer. 

November 19, 1S67, a Young Men's Prayer-meeting was 
again begun, and it was determined to rebuild the mission, which was entirely destro\'ed during the war. 
The new building was nrbt used iSIarch 31, 1S69, and a weekly 
prayer-meetiiig ard Sunda\ -school maintained with encourag- 
ing success, until, in 1871, the work was suspended, and some- 
what later, the building again destroyed. 

About 18S4, a Sunday-school and some industrial classes 
were imdertaken, in small rented rooms, l.^y some of the Young 
Ladies' Missionary Society, at tlie expense of the society. The 
work grew until larger quarters were necessary, and in the 

28 Memorial. 

summer of iS86, the lot on \Vooster street was exchanged for 
the present lot on Front street, and the congregation erected 
the building which stands in the rear of the present structure, 
and is still used for some purposes by the mission. At the same 
time the Sunday-school was taken under the care of the ses- 
sion, and the Yourig Ladies' Society, relieved of the expense of 
rent, enlarged their industrial work. In November, 1SS7, tlie 
congregation subscribed the money for tlie su].)port of a mis- 
sionary. ()n the first of January, iSSS, Mr. J. M. W. Elder 
entered upon his labors as a lay missionav)-, and for ten montlis 
labored faithfully and successfully, preparing the way for an 
ordained minister. In October, 18S8, the Rev. William McC. 
Miller, of Greenbrier Presbytery, was elected evangelist of 
the mission by the session, and entered u[)0n his labors, Jan- 
uary, I, 1SS9, giving his whole time to the work. 

The v,-ork performed by the evangelist was similar in nature 
and extent to that of a regular pastor. A Sunday-school, 
superintended by Elders Samuel Northrop and James D. 
Taylor, and supplied wiUi more than a dozen teachers from 
the First Church, was in regular and successful operation. 
The young children were gathered in industrial classes several 
days in the week, and trained in maimers and useful arts by 
members of the Young Ladies' Missionary Sijciety, Miss Bessie 
T. Willard * being the head and leader of tlie work. Under the 
blessing of God on all tliese labors, the work pri)S[)ered, and the 
numbers increased, till it became evident before the close of 
the year 1SS9 tliat more room was needcel to accommodate 
the work, and allow for its expansion. 

Accordingly, through the efforts of Lr. Hogo, pastor of the 
First Clr.srch, as th.e moving spirit, plans were inaugurated and 
successfully operated in brin.girig alunit the need.ed improve- 
ments. On May 23, 1S90, a congregatioiial meeting v,-as 
called, and it v.-as decided to erect a new bmlduTj;, to l)e 

• Since her removal succeciied by her sibtcr, ?*U3S Loitic -May WiUarcl. 

Immanuel Chapel. 29 

called Tmmaniiel Cliapcl. A building committee, with Mr. 
Samuel Northrc'p as chairman, was a})pointed. The com- 
mittee engaged Mr. A. 1!. Cook, a member and one of the first 
fruits of the mission, as the contractor and builder. Ground 
was L'roken for the new building on May 2G, 1S90, and before 
tlie end of the year it was completed. The neat new chapel, 
so admirably ada[)ted to its purposes, measured forty-five feet 
in length by thirty in width, with two wings, each ten feet by 
twelve, at the pulpit end of the church. It comfcirtably seated 
more tlian three hundred people, and was erected at a total 
cost, including furnishings, of about S3, 500. Of this amount 
$i,gSo was deiived frtnn a legacy left for the purpose by 
Mrs. E. E. Burruss, to whose memory a handsome memorial 
window occupies the front end of the building. The remainder 
of the cost was met by private subscriptions from the congre- 
gation of the First Church. The tlrst service was held in the 
new chapel on January 4, 1891, and on February i, 1S91, it 
was dedicated to the worship of Cod, Dr. Hoge preaching the 
sermon from the illuminated texts on the walls of the build- 

The work of the mission in all its departments has been 
■well sustained, and is now in a satisfactory condition. The 
evangelist holds the regular Sabbath services morning and 
night, and the weekly ])rayer-meeting, and engages largely in 
house to house visitation. The Sunday-school, with a mem- 
bership of about one hundred, is in a flourishing condition. 
'l"he industrial classes and other branclies of work, under the 
care and conduct of the young ladles of the Missionary So- 
ciety, are kept up with increasing interest, and are of great 
practical value, in the four years (^1888-1892) since the 
present evangelist began his labors, more than 600 religious 
services have been held in the mission; 51 persons have been 
received into the church, and 35 {)ersons have been baj:>tized. 
This work lias been sustained at a total cost during the four 

30 Memorial. ^ 

years of not far from $10,000 ''' — a wise expenditure in view of 
the results accomplished, all of which arc not apparent, and 
c.mnot be put dovvn in fic^ures. This wtjrk of the First 
Church nearest home has ever enlisted its warmest interest 
and received its generous support. May the Lord of the 
harvest evermore a.dd his blessing, to whom be all the glory 
now and forever. Amen. 

* Including the cost of building. 


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L jiL- i-ii^itViffl 




I S3 2 - iSoi. 
By rev. II B. GRIEK, D. D. 

I first saw Wilmington in the spring of the year 1S52. An 
invitation had reached mc in my home in EUlcott City, Mary- 
land, to preach l:ere for two Sabbaliis, in the Presbyterian. 
Church, then without a pastor. I did not know at the time, 
but learned afterwards, that the invitation was the result of a 
suggestion made to tlie session of this church by the Rev. Dr. 
Plumer, then of Baltimoie, a man well known to many of this 
congregation, especially for his services to the church in later 

When 1 arrived in Uilmington I was taken to the house of 
Captain Gilbert Potter, in whose hospitable liome I t:Lrried dur- 
ing my stay in the place. A few days after my return to ]Mary- 
land, I received a proposition from the elders to remove to 
Wilmington and become the minister of the church for the 
term of one year. After some deliberation I accepted the 
proposition, and beg-an my regular ministry here in the month 
of July, 1852. The reason for the limitaliou of time to one 
year, wl:ich I was quite ready to accept, was the precarious 
state of n:iy own he:Jth, which made me reluctant to enter mto 
a long engagement, and probably made the jjeople of the church 
of the same mind. 

When 1 began m)' work in mid-summer of the year 1852, I 
looked around, first of all, to see what m.iterial I had in the peo- 
ple who had called me, whcrewitli to build up a Christian church 
of the Presbyterian faith and order. I found that the church 

32 Memorial. - 

had reported to the Presbytery of Fayetteville, at its spring 
meeting, that it had ughty-four members in all. Twenty-tour 
of these were of the colored jieop'c. There were three elders, 
General James Owen (wlio resided, howe\ er, for the most of the 
time on his plantation in Alabama), Robert \\'. Gibbs, and John 
C. Latta. 'I'here were no deaeons. A very good board of Trus- 
tees was caring for the fmances of tire church, and I was not 
hindeied in my work by any indebtedness resting upon the 
property. There were a number of male members of the 
church, but the mosi of them, as I rem.^m.ber, were somewhat 
of tlie kind which recalled the story of a lad in Kentucky, 
who, when he was asked whether his f^ither was a religious 
man, replied, "Ves; I suppose he is. but he is not i^urki/ig 
very ha?d af it Just iiowT xMy men in tlie church were work- 
ing hard at turpentine, and at sawing lo^£'-s, and at buying and 
selling, and getting gain, and tliey had little time, and not 
much heart, f(jr acti\-e work in the church. 'I'he}' wislied me 
well, however, and were hopeful for the future of the church. 

Of devout women there were not a few, and 1 very soon 
heard of a female jjia^er meeting, wliich met at stated times to 
pray for fathers, brothers, and sons who were standing away 
from Christ. I imjuired about this meeting, but could find 
out very little about its history. No one seemed to knou- when 
it was started ; it had a]wa\s been. Sometimes the attendance 
was very small, but the two or three wh.) came held on, and 
waited and prayed. '1 hen the numbers swelled again, and 
the earnestness deejiened. When 1 heard of t!ie existence of 
this gatliering of saintly women, I ^'th.anked God and took 
courage." Somebody was inaying, I knew, and I could afford 
to work on, in the assuiance th;U in Clod's good tmie blessed 
answers to th.ese [)ra)ers would come. 

The first sigm of forward movement in the (dnirch, and the 
foreshadowing of further progress, was the purchase, in the 
year 1S53, of a house as a residence for tlie pastor — a manse. 


It was a small, but plensant resiiieiiCe, iit tlie corner of Red 
Cross street and Front street, very near the railroad station of 
that time. I aiigh*- possil;)ly l^ive i'ltcrpreted the choice of 
that location ;is a siibxlc iutimation that if I di^l not behave 
myself nisely in a perfect way, tliere was a very ready and very 
accessible way of getting out of the town If it was so, I never 
took the hint. 1 v.-ent. away at times, but I always came back 
again, and for sis years this pleasant manse was my happy home. 

As the church advanced in its facilities for work, and gathered 
strength for its own support, it began also to exert sinritual 
influences upon the men and women of the congregation, and 
to draw them within its pale. In 1S54, the membership had 
increased from S4 to ir5. In 1S55, the membership had 
grown to 125 ; in 1S56, to 132 ; in 1S57, to 143 ; in 1S5S, to 
170. The growth was slow, but it was steady, and it brought 
precious souls into the kingdom. 

The reminiscences I am called to give, will, I fear, grow 
somewhat desultory, ai"-d to avoid this I will group them, in 
what I have }et to say, around two chief events in the history 
of the church in m\' pastorate, namely, the great Revival of 1S5S, 
and the burning of the church and its rebuilding in 1859-60. 

The revival came to me most unexpectedly, though there 
were premonitions of it in the prayers of some of the people, 
and in other things not fully understood until the gracious 
v.'ork explaint-d them. One of the elders* of th.e church had 
been at a meeting of elders and deacons of the Synod, held at 
Greensboro. He came back deeply moved by what he had 
seen and heard. I had given notice that 1 would be absent on 
the Sabbath after his return, doiiig some missionary work in 
the county of Columbus, which had been assigned to me by the 
Presbytery. \>ut the ehlers gathered many oi the i)eoi)le to- 
gether in the small lecture rotjin l^ack of the church, and talked 
and i)ra}ed with them. 'Ihere was a perceptible stir in the 

•J. C. Laita. 

34 ■ ' Memorial. 

congregation that morning. The elders thought it best to ajv 
point a meeting lor Tuesday afternoon, and when I arrived 
at home they came and told me what they had done. I went 
down to the meeting the next aUcrnoon, greatly wondering at 
all that had come to pass which had been related to me. 

I found the room full. I began to think that something was 
moving the people to an unwonted degree. .\ yorng married 
woman was silting in the seat nearest to the pulpit, and as I 
gazed upon her face, I saw there a look I had never seen in it 
before. ^Vhen we rose to sing the hymn — 

" Depth 'i of nierc}', there be 
Mercy btill reserve 1 (ov me?" 

I noticed that the tears v/ere coursing down her cheeks. I 
looked at other faces in the roi^m ; they were solemn and 
thoughtful, as if impressions of eternal things were deepening 
in the hearts of all. As the meeting went on the numbers in- 
creased, many standing round the door, and I appointed a 
meeting for the next afternoon at four o'clock, and closed 
the service. As soon as I could, I hastened to the home of 
the young woman wliose tearful face I had noticed. As she 
saw me enter her door,' she lifted up her hands and said, 
" Oh, my pastor, 1 am self-condenmed. Is tliere niercy in 
God for such a one as I am ? " We sat down together to 
talk of the most momentous questions wliich the hiunan soul 
can ever entertain. She passed through the veil into the 
heavenly land years ago, but I do not doubt that she looks 
back from the paradise of God tu tltat evening as the turn- 
ing point in her earthly life. 

The at'ternoon meetings at four o'clock were continued for 
several weeks. Services on Sabbath; the meetings in the 
afternoons of the week; attendance upon the union meetings 
in otlier churches ke|>t one very busv. But it v.'as a business 
that was very grateful, and which did not bring the weariness 


PiCRSoxAL Rr^riyiscLNCES. 35 

that comes vith unsucci=^ssful labor. Life was worth living then. 
'Die most plea.saiu tiling of all wa<^ that ( very one was willing 
to tall; upoii the subje<u of jicrsonal religion. Xo one avoided 
you; no one turned ar.grily away when you addiessed them. 
I was passing one, after receiving my mail, along the 
wharf, arid as I crossed Market slreet, I met a young man in 
whom I felt a special and constant interest. We were about 
to pass each other with the salutations of the day, when I 
stopped; at th.e same time lie stopped al?o. I looked him in 
the face, and he looked at me, and I said, " George, Jesus of 
Nazareth passeth by. I'eriiaps this is the set time for you to seek 
Him." Not another word was spoken. We went our respec- 
tive ways. Eut I saw him in tlie afternoon at the meeting. 
He sought me out in the evening, and came again and again, 
until, before the week ended, he came out into the light and 
comfort of a blessed hope, and began then the Christian life, 
passed before you all, which closed only when you laid the 
form of your beloved elder, George Chadbourn, in the grave. 

I must give you another incident which, although it seems 
-slight in itself, made so great impression upon ine that I often 
recall it. Late in the nionth of June, I was called to baptize 
two men, welbknown in the towii, aiid v>-ho were among its 
prominent business men. Dr. Thomas C. Worth, and Mr. 
John \V. K. Di.\. I believe that tliey were both cut off after- 
wards in the dreadful ravages oi the yellow fever in 1862, each 
doing good and brave service as members of the Howanl As- 
sociation. On the day of their baptism, the congregation was 
very full, and the services, as you may well imagine, very solemn. 
The two men stood together th.e j.iuljut to take upon 
them Christian vows, and tiic people of tlie church stood 
around them, to v.elcome tliem into the cour.nunion of saints. 
As I p'-onouriced the ba]jtisma] formula, a profound hush fell 
on the as.^embly, broken only by my own voice ; bait just as I 
said, amen, a great i-6'/' was heard- — heard distinctlv over all the 

36 Mentorial. 

house. It was not tlis iob o( d/s^r^ss. Tiiere was no sorrow in 
its tone. It seemed rather as if some heart, surcliarged with 
emotion, which 'uad been ]~)ent clown ani.1 kej)t in, could no 
longer stay its utterance, and yielding to the imjxilse of the 
houi, thus made lincwn its over'lowing joy. I never knew 
frc>m whom that sob came, jjerhaps from some one nearly re- 
lated to the persons baptized. But you know that the accusa- 
tion has sometimes been made that Presbyterian worship is 
decorous even to coldricss, that il tend^ to the. formal, that it 
suppresses all emotion, t'lat a shout is among the things pro- 
hibited by our custom as inexorably as if it were done by law. 
Rut who can restrain emotion at such a time? 'Hiat day was 
a high day in our Zion, and we were joyful there before 

1 heard afterwards of an incident so?newhat amusing con- 
nected with that service, Avhich will show the high tension of 
feeling which then existed in the church. Of all the men who 
had served the church in various v.-.iys, the man who most 
■keenly enjoyed the revival and its fruits was Mr. Robert W. 
Gibbs, an elder in the church for rnau)- years and its faithful 
supporter. This season brought to him the joy of a long de- 
ferred harvest. lie had long pra}ed t'or just such a revival. 
He had waited for it through man_\' dark d:i\s, and looked for 
it hopefully in the darkest. The gracious Master vouchsafed 
to him the blessing of seeing his h jpcs tulfilkni before he 
laid down his otiice, to"- next year the disease began to a[>j)ear 
of which lie aftcrwanls died. 

He nas the only one of his household who came from it to 
the Presbyterian Church, all the others l)eing members of the 
Ej)iscopal or Methodist cliurches. '1 lie good man went home 
from the baptismal service which I have described, with a 
heart I'ull uf emotion whicli he knev,- not how to express. He 
wandered about the house, seeming hardlv to know he 
was going. His face was shining, but his tongue was tied. 

Personal Reminiscknces. 37 

He had no words to body forth the feeUngs within. At last, 
one of his Methodist female relatives, laying her hand on his 
arm, said to hiiri, " My dear Roliert, I know wliat is tlie matter 
. with you. You want to shout ; nothing will help you but that ; 
and if you uiU come up to Front Street Methodist Church to 
night, we will give you a chance.'' 

I must describe another meeting held at this time, because 
it has -come to be one of historical interest to the Presbyterian 
Church in tliis city. The long period of religious interest in 
the church made large demands upon the pastor, and especially 
upon his voice. One Sabbath (\.\\ it was gone- I could not 
speak above a whisper. A prayer-meeting was called for Sab- 
bath afternoon in the church. 1 sat down in the morning and 
wrote a letter which I askeil a friend to read in the meeting. 
It 7i.'as read, and in it I suggested tliat, as a thank-offering for 
the blessings which had come upon the church, a lot should 
be purchased ai'id a chapel built for mission services in a part of 
the tONMi which neetled such service. The suggestion was re- 
sponded to heartily, and the work began. That was the origin 
of the Second Church, as we called it. Vou have called it, and 
I think wisely, St. Andrew's ; but I wish you all to know, espe- 
cially those here from St. Andrew's, that your church was born 
right out of t!"ic heart of a great resivaL You ouglit to be fer- 
vent, to be true to your origin. Tlie work on the new chapel 
went on rapidly, tor I preached the opening sermon in it on 
October 17, 1S50. its lustory has been given by another 

On my return in the autumn of the same year from a va- 
cation, I was asked to attend a prater-meeting which had been 
established by a 'i^w young men who had recently come into 
die cluirch. It v. as held in a house over the railroad. Tliere 
was mucli talk among the young men as to what the)- could do 
for the poor and the ignorant of die town. I do not recall all 
tliat was said or done, but the outcome of all was that a lot 

38 jNIlmorial. 

was obtained in the southern ]iaM of the city, and a rou^li 
board chapel put up at a sniall cost. It was used for mid- 
weekly services in the midst of a population that was gathered 
out of the ignoiant, and often from the \-ii:ious classes. It was 
the precurser, 'probably, of Innna-.uiel Mission Chapel. 

The advance of the church wliich had becti so lapid and 
so marked, was suddenly and very sadly arrested by the burn- 
ing of the church, in April, 1S59. It was a stunning blow, but 
the deep religious interest of the preceding year had fitted 
the church to receive it, and rise from it. The fires were still 
burning when the trustees of tlie church met in the evening, I 
believe, in the oftice of that noble man, Dr. James IT. Dickson, 
(a name not to be mentioned in this church without honor\ 
and resolved to reliuikl at once, and subscrilicd themselves 
about $7,000. Others of the congregation sent in generous 
subscriptions. Help was gi\en by citizens, of all churches, 
and of none, and we began to take heart again, and to pre- 
pare to rebuild the fallen sanctuary. 

But as the days went on, it dawned upon us that the old site 
■was not the best site, and that advantage ouglit to be taken of 
the position into vdiich the church had been brought to estab- 
lish it in a new and more tavorable location. The best site in 
the town then vacant, was the lot on which the ch.urch now 
stands, and it was purchased. The manse up town was sold to 
assist in the purchase, and with my family I moxed into an old 
house which stood on the lot. It was antiquated, somev/hat 
weather-beaten, but it was in the heart of the congregation. 
It seemed to ramble over a good part of the lot v.-hicli it occu- 
pied, and puslied itself out into Orange street. iJut it liad a 
good right to be there, for it was built long belbre Orange 
street was laid out. It was the airiest house in wliit h I ever 
lived. The parlor had four d.oors and eight v.-indows in it. 
But it was a pleasant home, and from it I watclred the upris- 
ing of the new church. It was a long, weary work, but it went 

Personal Reminiscences. 


on ; the church went up, and in June, iS6i, it v/as completed. 
I had the ass'stance on the day of the dedicition of Dr. 
Charles Philipps of the University of Nortli Carohna. 

The services of the day of dedication were not, however, the 
first reh-ious services which were held witliin this house of 
God. One day as 1 sat in my study, I heard the sound of 
hurried feet on the street, and was told that one of the work- 
men had fallen from the tower. I hastened into the church, 
and met Ijis companions bearing the limp form of the sufferer 
with them. They laid him down on a pile of shavings, just 
where the central aisle of the church runs. A physician who 
was passing was called in. He knelt down by the side of the 
poor niaii. felt his pulse, watched the heaving of the chest, and 
soon rose up, saving. " he is gone." By this time, quite a num- 
ber of persons had come in, among them the Rev. Mr. Pritch- 
ard, then pnstorof tlie First Baptist Church. 1 said a k\v words 
to the gathered company, and called upon Mr. Pritchard to 
pray. His voice, lifted up in prayer, was the first to suppli- 
cate the bles-ing of God upon a stricken family in this house 
of the Pord. There have been many sermons preached in this 
church since that time, but perhaps there have been few more 
impressive than tlie words uttered that day over the workman 
who lay dead within tliese walls. 

With tlie dedication of the new church my pastoral life in 
Wilmington closed, 'llie shadows of a long war were gathering 
about us tl-ien, and it was judged l)est, both for pastor and peo- 
ple, that we should separate. The pastoral relation was dis- 
solved bv the I'leslwtery of Fayefteville in tlit* autumn of the 
year iS6i. All that I have to say now tou'Iiing this chr-.nge 
is to tcstih that you tbllowed me vrith unvarying kindness to 
its close, end have greeted me always, in tiie peaceful days 
which have come to us, with \;-ords of unabated and warm 

I have no business,, to speak of aught that has oc- 

40 Mi:MORltAL, 

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curred since ';lie day when my personal minislry closed. But 
I may say, fur I ca'i say it in the utmost sincerity, that I re- 
joice in all tiiat you have (lone to make tlii:-- clir.ich beautiful 
and attractive, and \r all that you have done to carry the 
gospel of Christ to the ignorant and tlie unsaved in your city, 
your State, and in the lands i^ej-ond the seas. In alt this I re- 
joice, '-yea and will rejoice." I nuist add, and you will surely 
bear with me v/hile 1 add, that I have especial satistliction in 
the men whom you have chosen to follow me in this place. 
Pride of ancestry is not unconnnon. I have the unusual 
felicity of beins proud, and heartily so, of my sucrcssors—and 
that down to the latest of them all — of whom 1 sum up all I 
have to say for m}self and am sure that you v,-ill join me in 
the saying, that I am very glid that J)r. Hoge did not go to 
the Theological Seminary whicli lately called him. May he 
stand in this place for man}- \cars to come, and may the 
blessing of God abide upon him, and upon all this beloved 
people evermore. Amen. 

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New York, D^r. 6, 1892. 

2o the Mcmhcs of the First Prcshyicrian Church in Wil- 
viingfoii, N. C. 

Dear EKKTHREX-.—Twcnty-seven years ago, this month, I 
visited Wilmington on the invitation of your session, then com- 
posed of only two members — Mr. George Chadbourn and Mr 
James C. Smith. I arrived on Sunday morning about 5 o'clock, 
after two days' and nights' journey from Baltimore. This was 
just after the close of the war, when the railroads liad not been 
reconstructed, nor bridges across the rivers rebuilt. The two 
days' trip was cliaracterized by everything that was gloomy and 
depressing; rain wa'- incessantly pouring down; desolation and 
dismay, resultant of tlie four years' war and invasion of our 
Southland, were all along the route; devastated fields, burned 
homes, a conquered, but noble and gallant people, poverty 
and distress on evc-ry side, deepened the depression of spirits 
with which I started on my way to you. 

The day of my arrival was cloudy, chilly, and unpromising. 
The failure of my letter and telegram to reach the session on 
Saturday caused the notice to be given that there would be no 
service. 1 hunted up the elders after my arrival, and caused the 
bell to be rung, and thus intimated that there v/ould be scr\-ice. 

In that first morning ser\ice tliere about thirty or forty j)re- 
sent. \\\\0 tiic se were I soon came to recognize as tlie strenr'th 
and suiew of the church. 1 preached from the words of our 

42 Memorial. 

Lord, " Come unto rne all ye that labor and are hea^y laden, 
and I will give you rest." If there was ever a heavy laden 
people in need of the strong arm of the Saviour and of his rest- 
ful bosom on which to lean, it was our s'aicken and suttcring 
people of the South. I remained during the week, and 
preached the next Lor'^'s day to an increased congregation. 
And on that day the Sabbath-school v/as re-organized with 
about forty scholars. 

Before lea\-ing for my return to Baltimore, 1 had a full and 
free conference with the elders, deacons, and trustees of the 
church. They intimated the desire of the. members to have me 
for their pastor, and stated that a congregational meeting would 
be held to issue a call if I could give them any encouragement 
that I would accept. At tlie same time, they stated that they 
were very despondent concerning tlie future of the cliurch. 
'lliey were themselves without incomes, 'llieir business was 
destroyed, their resources had been ruined, and they were 
■actually engaged in a struggle for e.xistence. And the church 
was under a heavy mortgage which the holder was threatening 
to foreclose. These bretluen dealt very honestly and honor- 
ably with me. After my return to Baltimore, I carefully and 
prayerfully considered the case, and accepted the call when it 

I entered upon my work on the first Lord's day of January, 
iS66. 'I'he churcli buikhng was then unfinished, and unfur- 
nishe<l. The chapel v,-as not bulk, and the windows were 
nearly all denrolished. The congregation numbered si.Kty ]'.er- 
sons, including the children and colored members. God 
favored us from the beginning. In the midst oi" all the discourag- 
ing and depressing circumstances, winch were intensified by the 
prevalence of the dreadful scourge of the small-pox, there was 
displayed by all an earnestness and zeal for the house of the 
Lord which was' as surprising as it was gratifying to me. 

Our congreg.ition grew ra^jidly and steadily; many were 

Letter From Rev. H. L. Singleton. 


added to the menib,'rship by letter and on confession of faith. 
The Sabbath-school grew to be tlie largest in the city (I have 
not my reconls by rne and cannot recall the numbers). 

The revenue of the church increased far beyond my expec- 
tations, so tliat v.e not only paid all the expenses promptly 
and the pastor's sahuy, but contributed liberally to all the 
committees of the General Assembly. I received repeatedly 
froni the secretaries tlieir testimony that our church had sur- 
prised them and the entire committee l)y its growth and liberality. 

During that first year, we paid the debt and cancelled the 
mortgage of Si i, coo; aided the colored Presbyterians (whom I 
had formed into a church organization) in the purchase of 
the Secontl Church ])roperty. We also undertook the educa- 
tion of a young man (Mr Groves) for the ministry, through 
college and semiuaiy, at an expense of 8300 or S400 a year. 
We also purchased and erected the organ, at an expense of 
$3,500, and paid the organist's salary of $300. 'l"he treasurer, 
Mr. James D Guinrriing, told me at the close of the first year, 
or December 31, 1866, that his books showed that the church 
had raised and paid out over $iS,ooo, and this without solicit- 
ing or receiving any aid from outside sources. 

During my ministry we erected the chapel in the rear of 
the church, at an expense of 86,000 to 87,000, rciKiired the 
church and placed the memorial and other new windows in 
tlie church, at an expense of 81,200 or $1,300. All these 
and many other evidences of prosperity were gratifying and 
occasions of thanksgiving. But tlie highest evidence of God's 
blessing was in the spiritual improvement of the peojde and 
additions to the membership. Among those whom God gave 
as seals of my miiustry are some wlio have gone before me to 
their reward. Odieis remain among you, who are now your 
most valueil and elficlent members. Some have entered the 
sacred ministry uf the church, and are lionored by the Lord 
and their brethren. 

44 MKMorjAL. 

I cannot refrain from alluding to the peculiarly trying difti- 
culties with which my ministry was surrounded, growing out of 
the reconstruction period of the South, — the difterences which 
existed between the families concerning the war, and the result- 
ant poliiical situation. Many of you rememl-er how near we 
came to being sundered, and our work brought to naught It 
was a tr}ing periotl to me. You also recall liow tliat crisis 
was safely passed, and the peace of the church was made more 
secure by reason of the peril we divinely escaped. It was after 
this, in Washington cit\', {he loved and revered uncle of 
your present pastor, Rev. Dr. Moses D. Hogc. of Richmond, 
voluntarily and jjublicly said, that the First Presbyterian Church 
in Wilmington had the most tr}ing experience of any church 
in the South since the war, and its pastor, Brother Singleton, 
had the most difiicult woik, but they had been the most 
successful in the South. 1 sliall never forget the gratifi- 
cation whicli this testimony gave me, coming from such a 

My memories of Wilmington are very sacred. There were 
no relationships among you in v.hich I was not permitted to 
participate. Around your hearth-stones in the hours of joy 
and sadness; at the marriage altar; around the bier; in the 
social circle, arid by the sick bedside, it was my privilege to be 
a favored companion and brotlier, as well as the minister. I 
believe that I can truly say, tliot I loved my Wilmington church 
and people— with the children — more than any other with 
whom I have been associated. 1 went to you with a sincere 
consecration of m)-5elf to your spiritual welfare, and the service 
of our God. No one knew so \\-cll my im[)erfections and de- 
ficiencies as 1 did. But while 1 was your pastor I thought 
only of your interests. I liad no other engagements or pur- 
poses in view, but your advavicement as Chri.-,tians and as a 
church of Christ. 'l"he rnau)- teslimonies which I received 
concerning the value and effects of my preaching are very 

Letxcr from II. L. S'yCrLETON. 45 

precious, especl-Jly those '.vi-iti;en testimonies \vhich I sacredly 

There is one aspect c*' my p-:iiMstry in v/hich I take pleasure 
at this distance in time. \\'hiie I always j)! cached a free, un- 
restricted gospel of salvation. 1 souglit to in:ike you strong, in- 
telligent, uncompromismj;; I'resbyterians. The defection v.liich 
is in this arid other sections of the Presbyterian 
family, show the necessity of enforcing the doctrine and polity 
of Presbyterianism. V\'e niust look to our Southern branch of 
the family for the main defence and vindication of our faitli, 
anil the preservation of cur heritage. 

May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ make his 
grace t^ abound to you, your elders and pastor, enriching 
your hearts M'ith the beauty of holiness, crowning your li\-es 
with his lovingkindness, and m.iking your (.hurch tlie beacon 
light of his gospel throughout the region about you. 
Fraternally yours, 

Horace L. Singleton. 


Mrs. L.aura (Rankin) RothwcU, who united witli tlie cliurch 
under the ministry of Mr. McNeill, in 1835, and Mrs. Catli- 
erine K Price, who was received on certificate from the I'res- 
bvtcrian Church of Clinton, N. C, in 1S42, were presented each 
with handsomely bound copies of the great primei edition of 
the New Testamenl and I^salms in five \olumes, in commemora- 
tion of their member.sliip in the church of a half century. Mrs. 
Rotliwell was led to a seat in front of the pulpit by Mr. 13. 
G. ^\'orth, the senior elder, and Mr. John McLauiin received 
the gift for Mrs. Trice, vdno could not lie present. The i)resen- 
tation was made by Dr. Wilson in a few tender and well-chosen 





THE presentation of this sketrli must necessarily be imperfect 
on accomit of defective records. But I am able, after a close 
examination of the books remaining to present an almost con- 
tinuous history of the school. The Church Manual published 
in 1S89, sa\s : "Before the installation of Rev. Thomas P. 
Hunt as pastor in 1S31, a Sunday-school with forty-nine 
scholars had been organized." 'l"he first record-book I have 
found begins December 7, 1833, and opens in this way: 

'■'Impressed v/ith a belief, that under the blessing of heaven, 
tl^e institution of Sabbath schools is well calculated to promote 
the general interest of society, and to contribute to the jjresent 
and future welfare of those to whom they secure the advan- 
tages of moral and religious instruction, and feeling a desire to 
engage in a v/ork of so much practical utility to tlie cause of 
virtue and religion ; we, whose p.ames are hereunto sub- 
scribed, do form ourselves into an association tur this purpose, 
to be called 'The ^Vi;::-•ington SuiuLi) -school of the Presbyte- 
rian Church,' and adopt the tollowing rules for the regulation 
of it." 

Xo names are appended to this, but the names of ofncers . 
an'l scholars are iriven afteru-ards. \i/.. : 



Mr. Hi:RVEv Law and AIiss Marv Holmes. 

Willi A>.r HuNi ixgton. 
William Nichols. 
Edward D. Hall, 
Charles Russcll, 
Eli W. Hall, 
John E. ?Iolmes. 
Owen D. Holmes, 
Henry W. Eaw, 
Joseph Richards, 
Henry P. Russell, 
Joel Skipper, 
Samuel A. Holmes, 
Ali'.ert Baldwin, 
^VlLLlAM Johnson, 
Susan Jerman, 
Olivia Jerman, 
Elizaleth Bounds, 
Sarah James, 
Jessie Brown, 
Margaretta Skipper, 
Augusta Law, 
Charlotte Jam'-s, 
Charlotte Ami el, 


Sarah Boxev, 


Alexander McTaggart, 
George ILvrriss, 
Joseph McLaurin, 


Ap.ram Sherwood, 
William W. Harriss, 
Joseph B. Russell, 
Hand James, 
Charles H. Law, 
John Amiel, 
Nehemiah Harriss, 
James Riley, 
James Hall, 
John Rising, 
Anthony Bordeaux, 
Marietta Jerman, 
Mildred Holmes, 
^L\ry Ann Brown, Brown, 
Eli2a Xichols, 
^LA.RY McLaurin, 
^L\R■i iia Black, 
Catherine Thonh'son, 
Sarah Adams, 
Elsey Swann, 

Oi.niA Wheatly, 
Malsev Gerai i>. 
Of these there are a few living, here or in tliis vicinity, viz. : 
Col i:. I). Hall, George, Dr. W. \V Ha-riss, Joseph 
McLaurin, and Mrs. Brown, forir>er!\- Miss MiMreJ Holmes. 

HiSTonicAL SkejCh or the Sunday-Sctiool. 49 

In 1S35 the names of Margaret and F.liza Owen, Margaret 
McLaurin, Caroline Xorlhrop, and Jolm I). 'l\vlor, appear as 

Monday, December 2S, 1S34, the school united with the 
Methodist and Baptist schools, and marched in procession to 
tlie Methodist Church, where interesting services were held • 
also on Tuesday, December 27, 1S36, the same school met in 
the Methodist C'hurcii, and the record says, "they met there 
the Re\'. Messrs. Owens, Allison and h'itzgerald, and the exer- 
cises commenced witli singing and prayer, and after appropri- 
ate addresses by Rev. Messrs. Owens and Allison, concluded 
by singing and prayer, and a few remarks by Mr. G. R. l-'rench. 
Great harmony pervaded the scene, and parents arul children 
retired delighted with the anniversary exercises." Another 
meeting of the same schot>ls was held in the same church, 
December 25, 1S3-;, 179 scholars present. 

March 26, 1S37: The officers of the school were Hervey 
Law, Superintendent; John A. Taylor, Librarian; Robert G. 
Rankin, Secretary. 

October 30, 1839, a meeting was held at the house of Mr. 
Hervey Law by the friei-ids of the Wilmington Sunday-school of 
the First Presbyterian Cliurch, and Mr. Hervey Law was ap- 
pointed chairman, and Mr. A. .McTaggart, secretary. The 
chairman ordered tlie rules and regulations adopted November 
12, 1S35, read; then new rules were adopted; and some of 
these rules would be worth retaining now, but might not be 
regarded with favor. It is interesting to note names appearitig 
at this meeting that have become familiar to this church in 
all its history. A resolution was adopted : " That Miss Laura 
E. Rankin (now Mis. Rotliwell) be jicrmitted to select a suit- 
able person to assist her in tile discharge of tlie duties con- 
nected with the infant school. Also that Joim A. Taylor be 
appointed to class the teachers and scholars." 

November 3, 1.S39, th-e school vvas re-organized, and officers 
elected as follows : 

50 Memorial. 

Ilervey Law, Superintendent ; Jolin A. Taylor, Librarian , 
R. Ct. Rankin, Secretary. There v._-re fourteen teachers, seven 
male, and seven female, as follows : 

jSlisses Hartnian, Bradley, Murphy, S. Owen, Chapman, 
Moore, ^L A. Owen, and Messrs. O. ILdines, Jr., J. McOary, 
T. H. Howey, A. McTag-art, T. R. Roy;ers, J. N". Bradley, 
and James Banks; fifly-four scholais, making the school num- 
ber about seventy. 

A district system was adopted, and a report showing the 
number of children in and out of Sunday-schools in the town 
is as follows, from seven districts: 

In Baptist School, . . . . -57 
" Presbyterian School, . . . .127 

" Episcopal School, . . . . .112 
" Methodist School, ..... 109 
" None, . . . . . . . 22S 

'lotal, 633 

June 25, 1S40, the school was opened with ])rayer by Miss 
l^aura Rankin. August 2S, 1S41, is this entry : '• Mr. Law, the 

superlntend.cnt, being about to leave for the present, it was 
proposed that soiiie one should be chosen in his place, and 
Mr. Isaac Northro[i nominated and elected superintendent." 
Mr. Robert W. Oibhs is hrst mentioned as a teacher in Nov- 
ember, 1S41, also Mr. .\L Cronly On a Sunday in March, 
1842, the school was opeiied with [ ra}'er by Mis. John A. 
Taylur, and frecjuent])- afterwards b_\ ?\Irs. Rolhwell. From 
1842 to February, 1S47, there is no lecord; at the latter diate, 
Mr. Law was suj»erintcndent, and the school numbered fifteen 
teachers and ninet)'-two scholars. 

There is no record from 1S47 ^''^ January 6, 1S52, when, at 
a meeting of the tearl,ers, Mr. Roi)ert W. Oil)l)S was elected 
Superintentlent.and Oeorge W. (.ruess, .'-Secretary :ind Treasurer, 
and Samuel N'orthrop, Librarian. Mr. John C. Latla v/as pre- 

Historical Sketch of the Sunday-School. 51 

sent at this meetini:^. The record l-V^bruary S. 1S5:?, says, 
"seventy-nine scholars were present,"' and names the above 
officers, and also the teachers as follows : 

Misses E. liartman, Kate Mcl.aurin, C rrie Northrop, 
Eleanor Owen, R. H. Wriglit, Sarah Blanks, Mary Harriss, 
MatiUla and Abbie Van Amringe. Mrs. M. ]]arry, Mrs. C. 
Taylor, Mrs. K. McGary. and Messrs, John C. l.alta, J. J. Cas- 
sidy, George Harriss, and Mr. Sliepherd. 

The school met at 9 A. M., and tlie tardiness of some of the 
teachers noted, cornirig at 9:15 and 9:30 On this day a branch 
or mission sc-hool was opened in a building owned by Mr. D. 
McMillan, in the northwest portion of the town, February 
29. 1S52, Mr. (leorge Chadbourn appears as a- teacher; on 
April 4th, Mr. John McLaurin. April 18, 1852, the record 
says : '• To-day we are to have preaching by Rev. Mr. Grier, 
of Maryland." On May 23, 1852, "Mr. Grier has acce})ted 
an invitation to preacli for the Presbyterians in ^Vilmington 
for one year." On December 4, 1S53, Mr. Munson appears 
a teacher; January 29, 1854, Mr. R G Worth; January. 1S55, 
Mr. Alexander Sprunt. In examining the records to about the 
time Mr. Grier entered upon his pastorate, we notice that 
very few of the male teachers ate members of the church, and 
the fact that the school had frequently been opened with prayer 
by Mrs. Rothwell ;uid Mrs. Tay'*^""' shows the absence of pray- 
ing male members of the school It seems lemarkable that 
these men sliould have been so faithful in this work, and it 
should put to the blush tiiose male members of the c iiurch that 
never perform nny duty in this line. And we owe a debt of 
gratitude to those faithful women, who labored and prayed, 
and who li\-ed to know their prayers hatl been answered, and 
to see the cliuicli they loved so well tirinly established, and 
increased in strength and beaut). We honor the memory of 
those sainted women. 

November 12, 1S55, the teachers met to re-organize for the 

52 Memorial. 

ensuing year, and Mi. Gibl/S was re-elected Sui)erintendent, 
and Mr. Isaac Northroj), Assistant. All through the }-ears we 
have revievved, Mr. Northrop has been in tlie scliool as an 
officer in some capacity, and was a]wa}s yiresent. At this 
meeting Mr. .Andrews, at'tcrwards an elder in this church, 
first appears as a teacher, and it was resolved, ''that a class be 
formed of young men, and Mr. .\ndrews l)e requested to act 
as their teacher." .-\ resolutioii was also adopted as follows : 
" That we will hereafter use the Sunday-school as a mission- 
ary institution, and endeavor to gather into our school those 
children who are without any (Jhristian instruction, and pledge 
ourselves to labor in this behalf." So we sec the school grow- 
ing in grace and aggressiveness, and streams of living water 
flowing out to the tliirst}- and perishing." 'lliis old record 
closes January 17, 185S, Mr. Gibbs, Superintendent, Mr. Nor- 
throp, Assistant. I have lingered, perhaps, too long in its 
pages, yet unwilling to leax'e it. It is to me a pathetic story, 
and yet one we love. It tells us of faithful labor amid dis- 
couragements ; it confirms God's promises that he will be faith- 
ful to those vvdio labor for him, and to their seeil after them. 
Their children and their children's children are here enjoy- 
ing the rich inheritance they left. 

"Time rolls his ceaseless course. The race of yore, 

Who danced our infancy upon their knee, 

How are they blotted from the things that be 1 

How few, all weak and witliered of their force, 

Wait on the ^'vv^e of d.nk eternuy, 

Like stranded wrei-ks, the li'le returning hoarse, 
To sweep th?m from our .sight I Time rolls his ceaseless course." 

Mr. Gibbs appears to have remained superintendent until 
March 4, 1S60, faithful and devoted to the school and church. 
After Mr. Gibbs retired, Mr. I]. G. Worth was elected Super- 
intendent ; .Mr. (ieorge Chadbourn, A.ssistant Sti[)crintenilent ; 
and Mr. W. .-V.Ctnnming, Librarian. Mr. Worth remamed super- 
iiitendent until he removctl to Ne\>- York after the war. At the 

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re-organization cf ti^.e scluiol. No-v-cinber 12, 1865, Mr. J. C. 
McLeod was elected Si'pc'inteir'.iop.t ; Mr. George Chadbourn, 
Assistant Sripcuntcnd'=?))t ; Mr. T. 1). Cair, Musical Director; 
and Mr. John G. Robinson, Librarian. 

Mr. McLeod died soon after his election, and Mr. Samuel 
Northroji was elected superintendent. He continued in the 
office until Mr. Worth's return in 1S73, vdien Mr Worth was 
again elected supennterideut, arid he continued in this office 
until Xos'ember 8, iSSo. When the day arrived for tlie annual 
election of officers, he woidd ann>:)unce that the tinre had come 
for the rc-clecfioii of the officers, and they were re-elected ! 
He still remains in the school, a firithful teacher. His service 
extends from 1S54 to 1S92— tliirty-eight years. He is the 
veteran o\ the school, honored and beloved. 

In 1S79, January 13th, tlie session adoi)ted the following 
rule : " In future the teacliers of our Sunda}--school may nomi- 
nate the officers of said school, such noriiinations to be subject, 
previous to the election, to the approval of the session ; further, 
that a meeting for making these nominations shall be called 
l:>y the superintend.ent for a week-day evening, and shall be 
held at least two weeks j)revious to the time of election of tlie 
officers — the officers nominaledand ap[)roved sliall enter upon 
their duties the first Sab'lvitii of No\'embtr of each year, com- 
mencing v.-idi iSjg."' On the fifth of January. iSSo, the ses- 
sion adopted the following rule: 'In accordance vvith the 
provisions of the Book of Church Order, requiring tlie Suivlay- 
school to be under the control of tlie ( hurch session, ol'fcers 
of the .Sunday-school sliall be elected by the session." Fol- 
lowing this resolution, Mr. Ik G. Worth was elected su[)erin- 
tendent, Samuel Northro]), assistant sujierintendent. On 
November 8. iSSo, Mr. Worlh asked to be relie\ed of the 
superintend.ency, and .Mr. H. H. Munson v/as elected superin- 
tendent and ^\'. R. Kenan, assistant. .Mrs. Dr. Wilson was 
superintendent of the iiifant dep«artment for several years. 


54 Me^ioriat.. 

November ?i, iSSi, the same ofncers were re-elected, and the 
time f':tr election ch;ingtd to Pccem'oer, and the term to begin 
in January. On December 12, iSSc, AFr. ATunson and Mr. 
Kenan were re-e";ecteci. On December 21, 1SS2, Mr. Munson 
resigned, and on December 28, 1SS2, the present superintend- 
ent was elected, and his remained in this ofiice to this time, 
ten years; in 1SS3, Mr. Ocorge Chadliourn succeeded Mr. 
Kenan as assistant tupL-rintendent, and remained in this office 
until his dtath, July 8, 1891. We have noted his entry into 
the scliool, February 29, 1S52, a continued period of nearly 
forty years. Of the service of this beloved officer, teacher, and 
friend, no estimate can be made of its value. It was loving, 
gentle, persistent, succeGsful. The record is made up in the 
Lamb's Look of Life. To succeed Mr. Chadbourn, Mr. 
Charles ?d. ^^'hitlock was elected assistant sujjcrintendent in 
December, 1S91. 

The officers of the school at pre.sent are as follows: 
Charles H. Robinson, Siii)erintcndent ; Charles M. Whit- 
lock, Assistant Sui)erintendent ; William I'inckney Toon, Secre- 
tary and Treasurer ; Chailes A\'oodward and John R. 'J\irrentine, 
Librarians; Edv.ard H. Ahmson, Organist. Of the primary 
department, Miss Nellie Cook, Superintendent ; Miss Bettie 
Price, Assistant SuperintcndeiU ; Miss Sallie McLaurin, Or- 
ganist. Teaclicrs, Messrs. ]J. G. Worth, B !•'. Hall, George 
Jluggins, \A'. 'M. Gumming, David G. Worth, James H. Chad- 
bourn, Jr.. Dr. J. ¥.. Matthews, Airs. Samuel Northrop, Mrs. 
C. II. Rob'inson, Mrs. Richard Price, Misses Ellen Bellamy, 
Bessie Taylor, Etta Hart, Emma Chadbourn, Maria C. Latta, 
Prisciila E. Latta, and AniucK. Forshee. The scholars num- 
ber about I So. and the average attendance is about 160. I 
desire to note the long and faithful service of Mrs. B. F. 
Mall as a te;'.clier, now absent, only on account of 
disability. Also of the long continued ser\ice of Miss .\iina 
Sprunt, as organist and teacher. 

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We have now in the school the descendants of those who 
ap])ear in its early histiiry as its o.Ticers, teachers, and sup- 
porters, as follows : 

The Owens, Harrisses, Taylors, Noitliiops, - Lattas, Mc- 
Laurins, ^\'orths, Chadbourns, Sprunts, and others. — The seed 
sowing has resulted in the harvest, and the school has been the 
nursery of the church. 

" But ihy compassions, Lord, 
P'rom aire to age endure, 
And Ciiildren's chilch'en ever find 
1'liy word of promise sure." 





By Rkv. SIDNEY G. LAV/. 

EAR FRIEXDS: It would be hard lo tell you how happy 
I am in speaking to you this afternoon ; J can only ask you 
to imagine for yourselves the privilege I now enjoy. Here 
you are assembled together, teachers and scholars, pastor, 
superintei'ideiit, and assistants, brotliers and sisters, parents 
and friends, bound together by many tender tics, and especially 
by that of a Sunday school organization regularly meeting to- 
gether for the service of ou.r Lord, and for the study of his 
word. r>ut now suppose you shut your eyes for a moment. 
Imagine yourselves, each one, to be transported to some distant 
land, and to dream of many things. It is astonishing hov/ long 
a life we may seem to live in a single dream. In the mean- 
time the school goes on, and many changes take place. But 
at last you awake. You notice the changes. But you do not 
seem much changed yourself; you do not feel towards the 
school that you are less one with them than you were before. 
At least you feel the same affection towards them as e\-er; and 
perhaps you may even feel an increased affection. 

And so it seems to me. Forty-two years ago, last August, I 
drifted down yonder ri\er, and sailed to a distant part of our 
land, and have passed tlnough many experiences since then. 
And now, instead of a boy, I come back almost an old man. 
You may imagine v.ith what feeling,-, one returns to a dear olil 
liome after so long an aljsence. My parents are in the heavenly 

Old Days in the Suxdav-Schogl. 57 

world. But it is my joy to meet dear, d-.\ir old friends, and 
especiallv to tind myself :it home again in this dear churcli and 
Smiday-school of my boyhood. I may seem a stranger to many 
of you, and most of you, for the i^ioment, seem strangers to 
me, as if }0U had come from some unknown world. But 
many of you bear familiar names; and I greet you as the 
children of beloved friends. Once more, to my great delight, 
I find myself a member of the Sunday-school of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Wilmington. 

I hope, then, that you will let me talk freely and familiarly. 
And allow me to say something of myself, for 1 am not preach- 
ing now. And 1 feel as if one of my old friends had said (and 
it would only be an old and intimate friend who would have a 
right to speak to me in tliis way), "IIullo! old fellow, ^^'hcre 
have you been all this time.? Come, give an account of your- 

And this seems all the more proper because of this extraor- 
dinary occasion. Seventy-five years of church hfe ! Oh, what 
a v.'orld of interesting history it might unfold ! I wish, we all 
had time to give account of ourselves. But we shall all have 
a good opportunity wlien we have gathered at the Marriage 
Supper of the Lamli, to give a good account of ourselves, I 
trust, in the long aiidbk-sscd t'ellowship of our eternal reunion. 
It used to be a frerpicnt prayer of my dear father, that when 
our Lord comes, we may be able to '"render up our account 
with joy, and not with grief" 

But v.'hat shall I say of the seventy-fifth anniversary of this 
churcli? It does not look as if you had entered ujion a state 
of old age and decrepitude; Oh, no, blessed be God 1 it looks 
as if you had rencved your youth, and were entering upon a 
new era of life and prosperity. I join in congratulating you, 
and I pray for a brighter and broader future for this dear old 

But it is a time for reminiscences, and so I want to con- 

58 Memorial. 

tribute what T can. hoping I shall not take more t]\an my 

When I began to wonder what I should say. I asked the 
Lord in prayer, and the answer, as it seemed to me, came to my 
inind: "Tell wliat the Lord has done for you." "The Lord 
hath done great things for me, wlioreof I am glad." And the 
beginning of these great things was in my own dear home, and 
in this dear church and Sunday-school. The Lord, first of all, 
prepared for me a ha[)py home before he sent me into this 
world. And I am glad to know that he has gone before to 
prepare a place for you and for me, and for all wIk) love him, 
in the "many mansions" of the Father. But he roust also 
prepare us for that hr^me. He began this {)reparatiorj for me 
before I was l>oin, in preparing for me tlie best of earthly 
blessings, giving me good, faithful, Christian parents. 

The place where 1 first saw the light in this world was the 
house on the sou di west corner of C)range and Second streets. 
Oh ! how many delightful hours I can recall in that dear old 
home ! But among tlie pleasantest recollections of all were 
those in which my heart was directed to God. Tiiere was a 
little closet, with a window that let in the light of heaven. And 
there 1 remember my mother taking me, when I was a little 
cliild, and kneeling down with me by a chair, she dedicated 
her child to God. And even now I seem to hear her voice 
sounding like sweet though far-away music, as she read from 
the Scriptures on Sabbath afternoons. It was at her knee, too, 
that I learned soin.e ol the Psalms, especially the one we might 
almost call the Bsalm of Psalms, the twenty-third, just re- 
peated by the infant class. 

And so, morning Ijy morning, and evening by evening, my 
dear and honored father led us in piayer and praise. A^id I 
went forth strengthened for the duties and temptations of the 
day, even before 1 felt that I was a child o\ (lod. Ivspecially 
on Salibath atternuons lie would Leather us for a sweet hour of 

Old ix tkf Sundav-School. 


prayer and praise, and lor giving us u-ise counsels concerning 
divine things. Those are sacred and precioas memories. 

It was perhaj-.s principally on my fatiier"s account that I 
have been invited lo speak to you this aftornoui\ He was 
the first Su;)erintendent <if this Suudav -school, an elder in the 
church, a-id a faitliful servant of God. And he loved the 
Sunday-school work, and Sunday-school scholars to the very 
end. He lived to a gv>od old age, and was a man of very 
venerable apix-arance, his long silvery locks flwwing down upon 
his shoulders, and his countenance dignified and beautified by 
love to God and man. It will be eight years, this coming Glirist- 
mas morning, since he q.iietly fell asleep in Jesus. Dr. Wilson 
remarked this morning that sometimes the river of death was 
"Uke a little rill, that one might easily step across." It seemed 
even less than this for my dear lather. 

It was not wholly unexpected by him. On Christmas Eve 
I received a card from iiim expressing liis anticip.ition of a 
visit we had promised His closing words were, "• My strength 
has been rapidly failing for the last three months, and if it con- 
tinues to fail as fast, I shall hardly live to see my ninety second 
birthday; but it is all right. It is all for the best." 

And in a It-tter to my brotlier, the same week, he said, " I 
am con/iJr/iflv .ind joyfully wailing for the suuunons. And my 
prayer is, that wdien my Lord comes I may be ready to open 
to him 'uii)nt\!iatclvr 

And so it proved. On Christmas morning, after he had 
given the usaxl (Jiiristmas greetings, he sat down in his easy 
chair before the fire, with his large family Bible in his lap, 
when my sister came in to tell him of the interesting Sunday- 
scliool exercises oi Christmas Eve. He listened with eager 
inte est. IvliI after a time, he put his hand to his ljo.som and 
drew back a little. S!ie noticed it, but as he said nothing, but 
continued t.,) listen, she kept on. Again he slightly drew back, 
but listened still, and she still kept on. Then he closed his 

6o • M'lMORIAL. 

eyes and slightly tnrneu his hear]. Sl^c i\in and threw lier 
arms around him. He drew a few long breadis, and was gone ! 
Death had wo terrors fur liun. lie had said, not long before, 
that all that he dread. 'd was the sharp pang of death. And he 
was spared even this. Tlie people in tiie village called it a 

Tlie same mornir.g another sister, in another part of the 
Village, took her Ililile, and by a happy coincidence, opened at 
2 Kings ii. veise ii • "And it came to pass, as they still 
went on and talked, tiuit behold there appeared a chariot of 
fire, and lioraes of tire, and parted them both asunder, and 
Elijah went up by a wiiirlv/ind into heaven." 

'I'here were no horses or chariot of fire \isible to my sister ; 
but it did not require a great exercise of faith to realize that 
a child of God had been quickly caught up into heaven. 

1 would love to tell you of raan\' things did time permit. It 
would take a little volume to do it. But I may say some 
things to which all hearts v.'ill res[)Ond, and some that it may be 
profitable to recall — 

"How dear to my liLail. are the scenes of lay childhood, 
When fond recoUcclinii pre>enLS tliera to view!" 

And dearer still, nov,-, that, after so many years, I may ac- 
tually behold them, and see the dear frienrls o'" long ago. 

I well remember Miss Laura Rankin (r.ow .Mrs. Rothwell) 
familiarly called " Miss Laura." She was my infant class 
teacher. I lo^ ed and honored her then, as I lo\e and honor 
her now. My heart went out to lier, almost as to my own 
mother, v.-hen I saw tier come forv.ard with lier placid and 
pleasant coiniterjance to receive the teslimonial presented by 
the ch.urch. She formed us into a ju\eniie temperance society, 
and got us to sign th.e pledge. It u-as a [dedge of total ab- 
stinence. 1 esteem it one of the great ble.-5snigs of ray life that 
1 was thus earh' started riulit. Youru:: men, it is a great mis- 

Oi-D Days in 'ihe Suxdav-School. 6i 

take to tliiiik you can iust as well start wrong, with the pur- 
pose of getting riglit at some time in the future. If any dread- 
ful disease prevails, it is not wise to begin by so.ving the least 
seed <.)f it in one's own life, thinking either that you will not 
take the contagion, or that you will afterwards eradicate it. 

I well remember the silken banner .Miss Laura's class used to 
carry in our Sunda)' school procession between the Old Pres- 
byterian Church on Front street and the Methodist Church. 
And since your historian has pleasantly referred to them, I will 
add a reminiscence of two big baskets at the church door, one 
filled with ginger cakes, shaped like horses and cows, etc., and 
the other filled with oranges, each child being expected to take 
one of each. And I will never forget one of the songs Miss 
Laura taught us to sing. If the poetry was not perfect, the 
princi[)le was good ; and I still clierisli more strongly than 
ever the sentiment. ' 

"While I live I do not think 
I will ever love to drink 
r.rai'.dy, whiskey, gin, or rum, 
Or cinytlung to make dnink conie." 

At one time INliss Laura taught a little school in the alley 
that ran alongside of the old church from Front street to 
Second street. And one incident is particularly impressed 
upon my memory. We v^ere still the memliers of her infant 
class. Lut in the dav school she soinetimes used the rod witli 
good effect. It consisted of a flat ruler. And the doses were 
administered <in oin outstretched hands. One day at recess I 
got into a sculfie. If 1 remember aright it was with little 
Johnn\- Taylor.'- Ikit whoe\-er was the other boy, we were so 

' An.l I think that it lias h<rought me more real and lastiu;^ ha;ipiness 
than !uis ever l)eeii hrnii.;ht to any heart by any roHickinL^ bacclraiudian 
song ever sung. 

'Perhaiis his vvould nut r.^iir.'e with mine. And I certainly 
should not want to di-j'Ute with him now 1 

62 Memorial. 

busy that when the school-bell rang we were not ready, and 
we got in late. Vve were called to account. But we had a 
moment to prepare for punishment. I well remember the pre- 
paration I made. It was a common superstition with the 
children then that if we morstetiC^l our hands, and took a 
cou])Ie of eye lashes and- crossed them upori the palm, the 
ruler would lirt-ak to pieces I The awful moment was at hand, 
so I pulled the e3e lashes arid placed them as I had been told ! 
I must confess tlie experiment did not prove a success. Uut 
I learned one lesson, a lesson that is constantly impressed 
upon my mind at the Tombs/ viz. : that the best way to avoid 
punishment is not by any sort of crooked contrivances, but 
by avoiding the sin that deserves it. 

But the two most memorable and important events of my 
early life were when I first began the Christian life, and when 
I afterwards publicly united with the church. The hrst was 
near my twelfth birth- day. One night I lay awake a long time 
and wept much at the thouglit oi death and the judgment. 
Finally I got up and went to my parents' room, and asked them 
to pray for me. And from that time I made up my mind to 
tiy and live a Christian life, and did henceforth erideavor so to 
do. When my birthday came my brother made me a present 
of a Bible. I began immediately to read it day by day, adopt- 
ing a plan by v.-hich 1 would go through ihe whole Bible every 
year, and tlie Psalms and New Testa-nent twice. My plan is 
somewhat changed now; but I have learned to love the Jjible 
more and more ; and the more 1 study it, the more fresh and 
beautiful, an:l precious, and divinely inspired it seems. I have 
that Bible my brother gave me still; here it is. It v/ill be fifty 
years the tliird of next January since 1 began to read it, having 
just begun the Christian life. Bat I have another and a better 
copy now, presented by the dear companion of my life, the 

' Mr. L,aw i-, chapl.iin uf the Tonib.s pri.^on, New York. 

Old Days ik the Sunday-School. 6^ 

inother of my cliiklrcu; and this volume T think will serve me 
to the end. 

Four years alter this start, when I was sixteen years of age, 
my fiiends began to encourage mc to g(> forward and unite with 
the people of God. I felt this to be my duty, and this became 
my motto, viz., '' Go Forward." I had gone out like the chil- 
dren of Israel from the land of bondage. P.ut 1 had not 
entered into the perfect liberty of the children of God. And 
as they were confronted by the Kcd Sea, with the Fgyptians 
behind them, I found a sea of fear and difticnlty before me. 
But the voice of God sounded out to them through Moses, 
" Go forward," and the sea oj^cned ; they went tlnough. Their 
fears v.-ere dispelled, and their enemies were overwhelmed. 
And so it was with me. I entered upon the step with fear 
and trembling. I felt that it was one of the most solemn and 
important acts of my life. 

One of my classmates at Princeton said that when he spoke 
to Lis mother, when he was a boj', about uniting with the 
church, she said : 

"My son, it is a very solemn thing to be a Christian." 

"Yes, mother,'" he wisely answered, "but it is a far More 
solemn f/iin'^ not to he a Chy'istuDiy 

I went forward tliat memorable afternoon in June, forty-six 
years ago. I had plenty of time to think ; for I had a long 
walk to the church ; and I seenied full of trouble and ])er- 
plexity, every step of the way. 

" \\ hat if I sliould put my hand to the plow, and look back, 
and prove myself 'not fit for the kingdom o\ God'?" 

"What if I should fail, and what if I should bring reproach 
upon the clmr<-h and the cause of Christ.-*'' 

1 was greatly troubled, and knew what to do. The 
church then stood on Front street, and the Session and Sun- 
day-school room where it still stands, a little distance in the 
rear. I shall never forget my feelings when I reached the 


cluirch, and v.alked along tlic passage-'.vay, towanl tlie place 
^vhere I was, perhaps, to decide i;iy tale The house of God 
was on my left, and a beautiful garden on my right; but still 
clouds and darkness seemed to he about me. But at last I 
re.iched the end of the church, and came in sight ot the lecture 
room, where the elders and a tew others were assembled. 
They were singing. Hark! \\'hat was it? 

"But drops of grief can ne'er repay 
The debt of love I owe : — 
Here, Lord, I give myself away, 
'Tis all that I can do." 

ni)- friends, I shall never forget those words, or tliat 
moment, as long as I live ! If a voice had sounded directly 
from heaven into ray ears, the words could scared)- have been 
more appropriate. And I have often thought since then that 
it was indeed the voice of Heaven to my soul. 

"Mere, Lord, I give myself away, 
'Tis all that I can do." 

1 at once reasoned, "Yes, that is all I i-au do God cannot 
ask any more. And he will not take any less." 

And so I lifted nji my heart to God, and once n)ore, and 
more fully than e\er before, I gave myself to God. I went 
forward, and was accepted, and on the following Sabliath I 
stood up before th.e congregation and jjublicly acknov\led.ged 
niysclf to be the Lord's, and claimed him to be my Lord and 
Saviour. Oh, how hapi:)y I was. .And how simple it all 
seeme<l then, just by fiith to take hi:n for my Saviour, and by 
faith to give myself to hini, to be forever his child. 

On the same day lletsy I'ricc, then a servant of Mrs. Cath- 
erine Price, was received into meuihershi]), with some others. 
x\nd yesterday I iiad the unexpected pleasure of receiving a 
call from her, and of being reminded of this fact, with the a.s- 

Old Days in rmz Sitndan -School. 65 

surance that she still loved the old clmrch, and that she was 
looking forward to the k'ngdom. ' 

My beloved T,astor v,-as the Rev. Jaraes O. Stedman. His 
e.\'cellent wife was for some years an invalid. At cme time 
they were members of my father's household, and I had a 
good opportunity to know Mrs. Stedman's saintly character. 
She was truly a ''mother in Israel.'' Dr. Stedman afterwards 
settled at Chester, near riiiladelpiiia, wliere 1 had an opportu- 
nity to see Mrs. Sicdmaii not long before her death. Althouo-h 
at the time she seemed apparently as well as for a lon-^ time, 
she was anticipating her departure, arid showed me what she 
said were "the last efforts of her pen." One of them was in 
regard to my sister Augusta, who succeeded Miss Laura as 
teacher of the infant ci.iss. 

Only a few weeks nfter that I saw her obituary in the /'/rs- 
bytLriaii. .A short time before her death she exclauned with 
thrilling emotion : -'Oh, that weight of glory ! It is wonder- 
ful ! wonderful! To tiiink that I — shall so soon — be an heir 
of glory ! My flesh slirinks from the glory ; — but m)- Heavenly 
Father is leading me on. and I follow him. 

" I know that I am a great siimer ; but I cannot be lost, for I 
have a mighty ^Mediator. The imputed righteousness of Jesus 
Christ is all my dependeiice, and all my trust. I used to have 
some difnculties about the imputed riglueousness of Jesus 
Christ, but I have none now. The whole character of God, and 
the way of salvation are clear and glorious to me. 

"I love the Holy Ghott; I have not appreciated his inllu- 

' The second volume of ihc of! clmrch records being kindly jdaced in 
my hands, opening at the scc.nd pa^^e I saw in the dear and familiar hand 
o! my old pastor, that on June 7, 1^46, "the folios', ing persons were re- 
ceived into full memliersh.ip. vi/. : .\!r^. Lucy Ann Owen, fr'^m IJeih Car 
Churcii ; Sidney (\. Law, John P. Camp, Cleorye .S. Nfc.Veile, and 
Betsv, servant of Mr-. Pi ice. 

66 RTemorial. 

ences as I ought, bul now he is drawing nv:- by the cords ot 
lovf, and T rnn after hi;:./' 

This was thj fiuiiig and hai-ipy close of a !.r)l\- Hfe. Oh, 
.nay we all be blest in caiiy learning the love of the Holy 
Ghost, and in chiving our hearts to him in love. 

And now, dear tViends. I car.not count ui)o"n being witli you 
at your next seventy-lifth anniversary. Indeed, I may not see 
you again this side of heaven, after this quickly closing year. 
Bul 1 want to leave with you just diree grand thoughts, three 
life thoughts from our Heavenly Father's word, tliatmay abide 
with you forever. They relate to the three most important 
things we can set before ourselves in life, viz. : 

I St. What is T/ie Greafesi Prize? Men may give different 
answers. But I give yc>u one from the oracles of a wisdom 
that cannot be mistaken. 

It is to "/f/V/ Christ!" It was for this that the Apostle 
Paul said he had '• suffered the loss of all things." And well 
might he suffer such a loss, for sucli a prize ! O my friends, 
do not suffer the loss of this prize because for a moment you 
prize anything more than this. 

2(1. \\'hat is The Noblest Life? Men have difterent ideals ; 
but here is the ideal of Paul, whose life was one of the noblest 
of human lives. 

It is To Live Christ. Can there be any nobler ideal ? Can 
there be any truer, grander, purer, happier life than this ? Or 
can there be any indwelling principle of lite so powerful for 
good ? If you ask " what docs thi:^ mean," I answer, it would 
take a "olume, yes, many a \-olume, to tell it all, but you 
know "The Book," where the happy secret is unfolded. 
Christ himself says, " In the volume of the Book, it is written 
of !ne." I would only refer you to two sayings of the Apostle 
Paul : " I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet 
not I ; but Christ liveth in nv„\"' And again, " For to me to 
live is Cb.rist." 

Old Days in the Suxdav-School. 67 

3rd. What is The Mosf //o/!oral>ie Di/fy ^ It is to 7vifiicss 
for Christ. " Ye are ;ny witnesses," saith the Lord. 

These tliree tI:oug]its. dear friends, I desire to lea\-e with 
you, and carry with mysel!', that we may ever remember them, 
and ponder them, and endeavor to exemi'ihify tliem, and realize 
them, tlirOLigh the grace of him who gave them to us aU. 

Note. — I would also add, tliat I may be regarded as one of 
the missionary sons of the Sunday-school. ]My thouglits were 
turned to this work in my early bo}hood. And my first service 
in the rr.iijistry was as a home missionary in Northern Iowa, 
where it was my privilege to found a strong church. And my 
present service, as Chai)lain of the Tombs Prison, is in a very 
dark corner of the world, a little world of sorrow and sin and 
shame, of ignorance, and superstition and misery and death. 

My dear children also (engaged in various ways in missionary 
service) may be regarded as missionary grandchildren of the 
school, especially my eldest daughter, Ellen M., who sailed a 
itw weeks since as a nu'ssionary to Beirut, Syria. May she be 
sometimes especially remembered in your prayers. And may 
I ask those who read these lines to lift up a prayer for us all, 
especially in behalf of our deeply interesting work ? 

S F R M O N . 

By rev. lOSEPlI R. WILSON, D. D. 

A S you may well imagine, my emotions to-day, if you will 
1^ allow me for a moment to speak of them, are such as only 

myself can understand. I will, therefore, not attemjit to explain 
them or to account for them. I have indeed no emljarrass- 
mcnt that is not a part of these emotions, except the embar- 
rassment of not bein;,; alile to say what ouglit to be said about 
this interesting and perha]js imjjortant occasion. I have felt so 
ever since my feet pressed again the fan)iliar pavements and 
looked along the familiar streets, and saw the old windoN^'s look- 
ing out upon me as they used to do ; I have ft:lt at honie, and 
have always felt at hoiii'.' h.ere. in the past as well as now, and 
T believe that I always sliall, because of tlie aftection that I 
have for you, and the reci]irocated affection that I believe you 
have for m\self, unworll'iv as I am of the least token of it. 

While I was pastor here there was no cloud ujion the sky, 
excejit perhaps a little one as big as a man"s Land, and the 
blame of that cloud was always with nie. It is not surprising, 
therefore, that I should have experienced the emotions that I 
have to-day, both pleasurable and painful. Ikit I have always 
thought tliat it was not in good t;iste, if indeetl it was })roper at 
all, for a minister to speak in the pulpit of himself. There is 
only one Shepherd, there is only one Bishop, and he is the 
centre of our ttieology, as he is the centre of our atfections and 
the glory of our hopes. 

* Dclivcied t'.v/i.-w/'(V-,-, and steiiOi;r.\[phical!y reimneJ by Misi Gerlrude 
E. Jenkins. 

K;i-> '-^-'li-^ 


Yesterday, T()-day and Forever. 69 

Let me say, then, what I have to remark upoii the passage 
that you will fincl in Mebreus, xiii. 7, S: 

"Remember them whicli have the rule over }-ou, wlio have 
sjjoken unto you tlie word of God; '.vhose faith follou-, con- 
sidering the end of their conversation : Jesus Christ, the same 
yesterday, and today, and forever." 

1 do not know what special reason tlie Apostle had to speak 
to the Hebrew scattered believers touching tlie importance and 
propriety of the recollecting them that ruled over them in 
sjiiritual things, for this is the reference. It has not much 
reference to you ; you have always remembered them that had 
the spiritual rule over you. and you are remembering him who 
has this important and responsible rule this day. 

What I wish to speak of, dear brethren, is that Lord and 
Lishiop to wliicli I h.a\-e referred. ^V]lat 1 wish to s]-)eak of is 
the unchangeableness of Jesus Christ, ^^'hat changes tliere 
are, everywhere, in our congregations and communities ! \\'hat 
changes have been lie j amongst yoi;rse]vcs ! Tliis very building 
is altered, and altered for the better; one of the handsomest houses 
of God that I I'ave ever seen. 'l"he pastors are changed, and 
that also, allow me to say, my brother, for the better; and you 
have occasion to rejoice in tlie fresh acquisition of young, 
vigorous manhood, and to place him m rule over you in love. 
It all looks strange to me; here is the organ, that used to be at 
that end, and I hear the same voices speaking to me from the 
past, but still changed. Some of you have gray hairs that did 
not use to have tliLm, or grayer hairs that tormerl}- had gray 
ones; and Sume of tiiose that 1 bipti/ed girls, are now young 
ladies, and some of them have children of their own, baptized. 
And the young lads that I used to be so fond of, aiul to take 
so often by the hand, are now young men and ki borers in the 
church and in tlie circles of business, and are making tlicir 
m;u-k tor e.Kcellence of character. 

Changes all the.-e. \\"e all liave changed, dear breUiren, 

7o Memorial. 

and we expect, one of these tla}s, to e.xperience the greatest 
change of all; v. hen our n sliall put on iinniortaht)- ; when 
time shall o[)en its last (1<joi 'u us, the dor.r that shall usher us 
into eternity; ^vhien \\c s]-..ill step irom oae room h.cre, tliat we 
occupy, to a bigger anil bri_liter room hc3-u!Kl ; that change 
that we will ex})erience wii._;i our feet are jxis^ing the tlireshold 
that separates our e.\perie:,ces here from the results of those 
e.xperiences yonder; wlieri ir.d.ced many of you, rdl, I trust, uho 
now look upon the river of death as a 1-ig, broad, antl angry 
stream, will find, when you jdace )our feet in tlie waters, the 
swelling waters, behold ! the siream will have l.»ecome a rill, ar.d 
you will step across to be fore\-er with the Lord, and to ct)n- 
gregate with diose v. ho, in the past seventy-f.\-e vears here, 
have gone before. 

Changes '. I wisli it were pro])er, and I wisli I could speak 
of tho.-^e who have tluis gone, making their last change; some 
of those dear old women tiiat are the comfort, the joy, the 
support of tlie pastor's iiearc and hdjois. I scarcely dare 
mention one without mentioning many, but I cannot help 
thinking of one who was .-.o dear to me, and so dear to the 
great mass of tiiis people, Mrs. d'^ulor ; she has gone before. 

But I will not enter upon these sentimental \iews to any 
larger extent ; 1 simply wish to point out to you, as I have in- 
timated already, that tiiere is (Jne that never has changed, and 
that never will change, tlie -^ame always to us, as he has been 
to our lathers and motliers before us, as far back as can be 
traced the line of our spiritual ancestry. He is the same 
always, 'i'here is (rne clia:ige wlucii we e\i>erience, which is 
due to the fact of liis being unchangeable, and always loving 
us and us. I iiave found, in m\- own experience, as 
doubtless many of \uu ha\e, ihat as you Inu-e climbed the h.ill 
of hie to reacli its to];, beyond xsiiich you know is the setting 
sun, that \ou (M^mot no-v v/eii perceive, only the twihglit that 
precedes it; as }Ou gu iiigiicr ai»d liigher uj), you more and 

YesteriX'VV, To-dav and Forf.ver. 71 

more forget yourselves and liecome more and more charitable 
towards other people ; somehou', in the light that is breaking 
upon you from that sun, }0u see your own faults more fuUv, 
and the tanks of others less consjiicuousl}-. ^'ou will change, 
therefore, as you ha\-e advanced in tlie Christian life, in charity. 

The scenery of life, all that has wonderfully, magically 
changed, as we have gone up higher, and instead of the eye of 
youth, we look over rhe spectacle with the eye of age. Rut 
iht-re is One al\\a)s tlie same ; and I do not now refer to him 
so much as God, as well 1 might, especially, my brethren, in 
this day when the deit}- of Jesus Christ is doubted and dis- 
puted among theological circles, v.-here tbrnierly th^re was 
nothing but faith and confidence. But if you were to take away 
from the Christian heart the thought that Jesus Christ is God, 
that he is Inmianucl, Goil with us, wjun have we left of that 
Christianity which in one sense is as old as God, its anchor, 
who will also be its glorious and glorified finisher? Jesus 
Christ, as God, is the same now— -that g'jes v.'ithout saymg if 
we believe in his Godhead — that he always was, that he v/as to 
the aiigels before he became incarnate, that he was to the 
fathers \uth whom he walked, that he was ro the prophets 
whom he insjiired; but as. God-man, Jesus, the Christ in hu- 
man nature, tlesh of our flesh, blood of our blood, and bone of 
our bone, our humanity gathered up in liim, he has been th.e 
same always. 

You liave often thought of him, as you sav/ him walking in 
the C'arden of Iv.len, ['or it must be remembered tluit it is a 
fi.xed truth now, that tlie Jehovah of the (')ld Testament is to 
be regarded as the Jesus of the Xew. Where\-er, then, the Lord 
was in the past, Jesus was ; and so he took Abel by the hand, 
and \"ou see him in the sacrifice thit Al)el offered, and that 
was as a Svvcet smelling savor to (^iod above; he was iii that 
garden. And you see him in the smoke of the sacrifice, and 
you behold Idm calling .\bra!iam, and^ '.valkmg with Abraham 

72 Memorial. 

and telling him where to go, and what to do, so that " Abraham 
saw him and wa? glad," we are tokl. It is not necessary to 
speak of luioch ; in t]::e midst of the obscurities of ilie antedi- 
luvian period, when all seemed to be so confused, and much of 
it so dark, a pillar of light arises, and it is labeled '• l^.nocli.'' 
Jesus, the Son of (iod, the Son of man, was the object of his 
woi ship. I need not speak of David in the past ; I need not 
spe:ik again of the prophets, nor is it necessary to speak of the 
church in its past liistory. That would never ha\e been the 
triumphant churcli tliat it has proved to be on many an occa- 
sion of battle and of victory, had it not been that the Son of 
God was walking amid his children, as in the furnace that time 
when the hres were kindled about those three children as they 
are called — and coiisumed them iiot. The churcli, therefore, 
has come down into tl^e present froni the past, with the smoke 
of the past upon it, v.-ith the tearings of the past exliibited in 
its garments, and v, itli the victories of the past still kindling in 
her eye, that f luirch, the same in jjrinciple and in practice 
under the Old Testament dispensation as now under the New. 
It has had Jesus Clnisl for its leader, enthroned him in its heart, 
and he is all that is needed in order to complete her course. 
In that sense, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, the yesterday 
of the world, the jesterday of Zion, wliere so many changes 
have since taken place, but no change in him, the leader ; how- 
ever there may have been clianges in tliose that were led, none 
in the captain of our salvation. 

I need not S[)eak, or more than speak, of Jesus Cinist as he 
is to-day; for this dispensation is like; tlie old one, as I Iiave 
already indicated, only more free, more generous, more com- 
'prehensi\-e, taking in now the world, as it formerls' took in 
only the Jcvisli nation, with here and there a prosehte, reluc- 
tantl\- received. Tiiis diispensation is the dispensation of the 
Holy Spirit, who is here, and has been lu-re from tlie opening 
of this present dispensation as the rep!e:>entative of the Lord, 

Yest£RDav, T(vd.'Y x\ni) Forever. 73 

\Yho sent Iiiai, svA -.viio went away for the purpose of scadio'^ 
him, saying, '"Jt is exijedient for you thaf I go away, for if 
I go noc away the (Joniforlcr will not come unto yon : but if I 
depart I will send him un'':o you " ; and "he shall receive of my 
things and shall show them unto j"ou." 

So that, wherever the Spirit is, wherever the Spirit preaches 
and he preaches not alone in the sanctnar)' and with us preach- 
ers, but he preaclies also in this word of God, the Author of 
Y^-hich word is the Moly Ghost, tlie immediate autlior, you 
may say. Ami so he is in tiiis dispensation as he was in tlie 
heart of Enocli ; as he appeared in the devotions of Abraham, 
as they kindled upon his son, Isaac ; and in liiat kindh'n;^ lii^ht 
he saw another son, the Son of God, whom he worsliiped. 
And as tha<- Redeemer by his Spirit dwelt in the hearts of his 
people in the past, so he dwells in the liearts of his people now. 
If it were not so, there would be no church in tliis place; if it 
were not so, we would not be able to celebrate die seventy- 
fifth anniversary of the First Pi-esbyterian Church in Wilmin-^-. 
ton. It is because he has lived with \-ou thus fai, and pro- 
poses to live with you in tlie future, that you are wiiat you are. 
Oftentimes you are tempt(='d to attribute it to yourselves, to the 
doctrines you expound, to the prayers that you offer, and to 
the much well-doing that has characterized this peo[de; that 
had it not been for all that, this would not have occurred, would 
not have taken place, would not have been esta'olished. 'J'hat 
is all well ; but the inspiring agent of it all is he who lives in the 
hearts of his ])eople ; for the church grows not from without, 
but, like the noble tree of the forest, it grows from witliin ■ it 
grows from the heart outwardly, and that inward heart and 
spirit has always been the Lor^i Jesus, the same to-day tliat he 
was yesterdiay; wh.o has said in words that ouglit to be put in 
letters of gold, it seems to me, in every cliurch building, or at 
least written in letters of bnglitncss in everv believer's heart, 
' 1 am with ) oa alway, even unto the entl of the world."' Could 

74 Memorial. 

you preach without that, my brother? Could you live without 
that, brethren? Tinii^'ine him to be absent ; imagine the bride- 
groom to be divorced from the bride, as indued was tliC case in 
the seven unhapjiy churches ot Asia, and the same scenes 
would b.e re-enacted, a scene of ruin and desolation, and of the 
saddest memories. Oh I it is Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the 
Living God, the Son of man, your Lord, nn- Lord, the Lord 
of us all ; it is he, I am glad to repeat it this day, it i'^ h.e, I for 
one testify, who is tlie all in all of every belic\-er, whatever be 
his £;ifts, whatever be his position in the world, whatever be the 
number of his friends and the warmth of his friendships ; it is 
he all the while that has kindled the fire on the hearth of the 
soul, and that keei'S it aglov.-. And v/ithout him \nth us today 
as he was widi our fathers yesterday, I for one — but it is an 
impossible supposition. 

I am with you somewhat in weakness to day, and will not 
be able to say much more. I simply wish to give my testimony 
here, as I have given it in years that are gone, to the value of 
Jesus Christ, to you personally as w^rll as to your churcli col- 
lectivel)-. And I still furtlier have to say, that he is not only" 
the same yesterday and to-day, but he is lorever ; in the future, 
as iti the present, in the present as in the past, the same to- 
inoirow that he is now; so that when \i)u lie down after )'ou 
pray your prayer, before you have gone into the image of death 
that we call sleep, \-ou may be sure that v.lren you wake in the 
morning, the same kindly face will be beaming its divine love 
upon your heart; then you can kneel do^vn again an,d thank 
him for the repose of the night, and beg hmi for strength 
needed for the coming dny. 'l"he same 'forever : 

And tlien, when tliis work-da-.' is gvne. and v.e have received 
our la.^t v.-ound and shed our last Lear, and, folded our h.aTids 
for the last time, w.iiting for tlie liour tliat may vet be to come; 
then we will tlnd. that he is on the other si-le, mvaiting u^. 

Who cares, compi.rativcly, tor those that have L^one before 

Yesterday, To-dav and Forever. 75 

from our own families nn;i froin our own hearts, when they are 
perfected witli Je-us Christ I And if. wlien we rea<di those 
happy sliores, we run to irreet th.e sainted ones \vi-:oni wc ayain 
recognize, and are beginning to ask ihem a1-)out their joys, and 
getting them to relate to us tlieir exj)eriences, the;,- themselves 
\v\\\ separate hand Troin hand and lead us to hini who is the 
centre and glory of heaven, as he has been the centre and 
glory of the church on earth. '' Come and see what is really 
beautiful ; come aiid kneel with us :it the feet of him at whose 
feet v.'e can never kneel long- enough. AVe have known him 
longer than you. and in circumstances that are different; we 
are gldd. to see \-ou, but we are gl.ididesl of all to know that 
you Lire to see Clirist. that you arc to see him again, that you 
are to know him as he is. You never knew him as he is ; the 
prophets never ''•.riev/ him as he is : the apostles never knew 
hitn as he is. But no'-v that you look upon him, ;vOu s-:'e him 
as lie is, as we hive seen him. and we want you to come and 
look at him. dims he is forever ! "' I repeat, Jesus is the 
centre, and fcsus is thie end. 

Now, my hearers, we learn from this jjassage what was the 
conversation of those th it ruled over these Hebrev/s. N'ow I 
knov,- that the word translated conversation d^es not mean 
wliat co!i\ersation nuw does to us but it means the turn of the 
life; every turn of life tliat those preachers and leaders took 
was a turn, not away from Jesus, but with and to him ; he 
was their life, lie was tl-.e food, of tlieir hearts, the joy of tlieir 
hearts .-\t the same time, the cunversatioii is a part of the 
activitv of the soul : the turn of the heart is in it, the turn of 
the thoughts is in it, the turn of sj-eculation as to the futun^ is 
in it, the turn of lecollection as to t!ie ])ast is in it, in our con- 
versation. Now then, botli as to the turn of life ,-ind as to the 
talk from day to d.?y. wha.t oueli' it to be? It ouglit to be 
Christ A\ hy. T cannot hel]) thinking of those men w'lo received 
this letter and of t:ie great aoo-.tle who wrote it. to feci sure 

76 I^Iemorial. 

tliat I know what they talked about. They had not as many 
things to talk about as we have; cou\'eisation was a (liiTerent 
conversation; pecainary interests were dii'i'crcnt ; there were 
no newspapers to stir up strife, as sometimes they do, or to stir 
up thought, as often they do, and give us news, as they are ap- 
pointed to do, but they talked about Jesus. Nov,-, v/ould it 
not be well for us t') dismiss every other topic of conversation 
and take up that, ^^'cll, but it might become common, stale, 
flat, and unprofitable ; jjerhaps it would be making the name 
too common ; but to talk about Christ is to live Christ, and a 
man cannot but talk about that which he lives. At home, in 
your business abroad, in all these, let Christ be with you, and 
not only appear, but cons})icuously appear, that all rncn may 
take knowledge o( }ou, as they took knowledge of many in the 
past, that they had been with Jesus. 

Now, I have done with this lesson, which I have told in 
the best way that was left to me this morning. \Vhilst we 
are brethren, we are brethren in the Lord ; whilst v,-e are 
people out of all denominations, we love one another because 
we love him who is llie centre of all denominalionalism, and who 
is the glory of all eccle^iasticism ; and as the different peoples 
get nearer to him, as a matter of course tlieyget riearer to each 
other. And may tlie blessing of God, the Saviour, the hope 
of our glory, be now and furever with you all. Amen. 


The cong-regations of St. Andrew's Church and Iramanuel 
Chapel united vdth the I'irst Church in the communion, mak- 
ing a very large liody of communicants. Dr. Grier spoke 
earnest and helpful Avords on the '• comniunion of saint.s," read 
the passage from i Cor. xi., made the jirayer of consecration, 
and distributed the bread. Dr. Wilson served tlie wine and 
made the prayer of thauksgiviiig. All of the eiglit elders 
of this church, and llie four from St. Andrews, Dr. A. D. 
McDonald, John C. l.alta, Oscar Pearsall, and "William H. 
Sprunt, took part in tk.e distribution of the elements. Besides 
the two officiating ministers, anil the pastors of the three con- 
gregations, Re\'. S. G. Law and Rev. G. W. McMillan, min- 
isters from this congregation, sat at the Lord's table. It was 
a tiuie of sacred uieriiories, present blessing, and joyous hopes. 


Bt Rkv. PrYTON li. Ilucri-, D. L\, "Wilmington. N. C. 

"For the promise is iiuto yon, and to your cliiMreu, and to all that 
arc afar off, evcu as many as the Lord our God shall call." —Acts ii. 39. 

rrifO'] Old 'lestiiruent is imtuiTiUy a bot/k (~)f jn-omisc. In 
^ the earliest dawi; of toe t^ospel we La\e the seed of pro- 
mise. To the cliureli delivered from the flood God gave the 
bow of promij^e. To Abrah'im in liis old ap;e was l)orn the 
child of proniisc , and in due time bis seed inlierited tlie land 
of promise. So, too, all the syinbols of the priestly law, all 
the developments nf the oi\il oovermnent, tlie snnif of psalm- 
ist, the vision of seer, the exhortation of prophet, were all 
fainter adumbrations or more distinct pledges of that which 
tlie future held, and tlie of time should unf-. iM. But 
when that fuhit'ss of time had Come, and all the promises 
of God were made Yea and Amen in Clirist Jtsus, it might 
have bet'n supposed that tlie pei'iod of pri'ini^e was over, 
and that the era of perfect and c(>mj)leb; fullilment was at 
hand. So thought the disciples during the days of our 
Lords ll(-sh. Sii thi'uglit tlicy with fuller assurance after 
his trium})hant re.-^niTection, as with eager hearts they came 
to him -with the ciuestion, "Lord, wilt thou at this tmie re- 
store again the kirjgdom untu Israel .' " lint genllv au'l 
gravely, as of yore, he jnits tlieiu otl': '• It is net fe.r you to 
know the tinu'S or the seasons, whicli the F;dl;er hath }ai{ 
in his own prjwer " And wlien in a mi:>ment lie is partc'd 
fmm them, tlie last word thai falls from his lips as he is re- 
ceived np into glory is a word of promise —the promise of 

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power, tlif pdwcr of tlie IJoly Ghosi. tliat tbcy niig]it Lear 
witness for liim to tlio uttermost part of the earth. 

Again the disciples wait upon the Titird xnitil promise is 
crownt'd witli fnlfilnuiit, and on Pentecost the Spirit de- 
scends, and they are tilled, and clothed, and transformed 
with power But \Ahen Peter, sta.ndijig foi'th that day in 
the fulness of that new-fiamd ]:iowtr, upon the threshold of 
that new disjiensatiou it had ushered in, speaks the creative 
words of the Christian Church, they aie still words of pro 
mise — "the promise is unto you." And lest any one should 
limit that promise to the pr* sent, and its immediate fullll- 
nient, we see it glancing along to fuiure ages, and bursting 
abroad to distant lands: "The prtimisc is unto you, aiid to 
your childreii, and to all that are afar oiiV' l*roniise is still 
to l)e the forming principle of the chuix-h's life, and the in- 
spiration of the chuivli's acti^"ities. Nor is it only at tlic 
beginning' of the ('hristinn life of those wlio in successive 
generations compose the Chiistian Church, that promise is 
to play its part. AVhen the Holy Spirit enters the soul, its 
full measure is not reached at a bound, and the very high- 
est clevelopn:ient of his power and glory here is still only an 
earnest of that which is beyond Hear the aged apostle, 
who sui'passed even Peter in the ''abundance of revelations," 
when far on his earthly course: "This one thing 1 do, for- 
getting those things that are behind, and reaching forth 
unto those things that are before, 1 ])rc^s toward the uiark 
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jcsus." 
And when he unveils the trinity of Christian graces that are 
to "abide" with the Cliristian throughout this life, an.d with 
the cluu'ch throughout this dispensation, there is not only 
a Faith to look u}>. and a Love to look out, but a Ibjpe to 
kv.k forward. 

To-day wo stand as did the Apostle Peter, thou;;h to an 
huijjbkr degree, at one of those points where fruition has 

80 ^ ?.Iemorlvl. 

followed promise. But let ua learn, like him, at such a time 
to fix our gaze vijt ouly ii|)ou tlic past, but also iipou the 
futm-e. As we thJiik ui the little, sTru.L'.gli'Oi^- \hie plaiited iu 
faith and hope three qaavters of a century a.q-o, and then cast 
our eyes around at tlic vigorous churches that stand where 
once it stood; wben we looh out farther and see the more 
distant shoots that have sprung into life and activity from 
its side: and when we think of the rich fruitage that from 
these vines is now ripening here for heaven, and the still 
larger vintage that has already been gathered into the gar- 
ners above, our hearts may well swell with gratitude to God 
for the blessings of the past. But when we remember that 
the harvest of tlie present is the seed of the future, when we 
think how that seed is being scattered broadcast throughout 
our land, and has already liee.u borne to other shores, we 
may well pause before we exclaim, "The former days were 
better than these." This church has had noble pastors. 
Some of them, alter an abseiicc of years, are with us again. 
To see their faces, to hear their voices, to receive their greet- 
ings of luve, and to listen to the dear old gospel from their 
lips, has been the uni(]ue auil blessed ex[)erience of this 
joyful re-union ; but these men have labored, and others, 
coming after them, will enter into their lal)ors, M'ho will 
see gi-tater things than tliey. It has had devoted mem- 
bers in t'le paat — men who have put tlieii" lives in jeopardy 
for the sake of the gosjjel, nit.n who have never tiinched iu 
the times that tried men's souls; l)ut no one can know the 
heights of Christian her asm to which Gt.d may call some 
of these little ones thai sit before us to-day. It has set in 
■ motion many bi nellcent aetivitits, that have brought light 
and gladness and lilessing into countless hearts and honies, 
but ouly eternity can reveal how far will reach the widening 
circle of its beuerueuce in the ages that are yet unborn. 
The same }i]'incip]e hulds t rno wlien we take a wider stu'vey, 


and consider that grctit fiiTiiily of Christian cliurchos to which 
this con.ureg'atiun l)eloni;-s. Thf-re is no nior^3 fascinating- 
jnu'snit tl'.an tlic study of tlij'sc causes, sinall and great, that 
brought into being tlie great Reforniati'-n movement. And 
as in this year of grace we celeljrate the four hundredth an- 
niversary of that discovtry which added a new wr.rld to tlie 
arena of human effort and ]irogress, we look on witli adonng 
wonder at the sihnit moving of the divine liand by which 
Lohard and Buhemian. Ilngueuijt and Hohajuler, Enghsli 
Puritan and Scotch l'resbytt;rian, were, through toil and sac- 
rifice, ]:ioi\secution. shame and death, working out those 
principles, and shaidng tliose instil utiems, that should not 
only form the fabric of oar ecclesiastical structures, but 
should lay the foundations of our civil and religious liberties. 
But while tlie niemory of tliese naighty dead shall last as 
long as history, while their devotion to truth and duty must 
ever nerve our hearts to like endeavor, ^s]^le they have be- 
queathed to us much that we can never forsake without 
being recreant to every duty both to God and man, yet we 
cannot rest in their attainments. The faithful study of the 
past will do much to direct us for the future. It has lessons 
of warning and lessons of encouragement. It can save from 
much error and lead into much truth. But he who would 
shape the future altogether by the jiast, is like the mariner 
who should steer hisshiji by the track it has left in its wake, 
instead of by the changeless stars of heaven, or the needle 
ever constant to the ])ole. 

History has precious lessons indeed, but its truest and 
best is this: that the best is yet beyond, and that fruition 
in the past is the pledge and promise of ;i richer fultihiient 
in the future. It is these C' ai-^ideratiojis that have led me 
to ask you, on this day freighted \sith the memories of the 
past, t'.) t-ake a glance witli nie a.t the subject I have selected, 
'•Presljvterianism and the Future." 

82 l\r]:Tvioi;L\L. 

AVhen Ave look a 'litil > uioro narrowly irjto the text we see 
tli;;t it outlhv's (."crtjiiii ul.'inonts or condition'^ Ihat are essen- 
tial to the siiorrss o[ the churcli, ov of iuiy part of the 
church. These elouKMiis of success are revival, perpetnati<n), 
enlargouieiit. aiul all in ac-ordaiice with a sovereign, eternal 
and yracivHis purjii.h;*: rcviral, l)ecause the '-promise" is 
the proinise of the Holy Ghost; prrp, t nation, because 
the proKiise is i;ot only unto you, but '• to your children ; 
»-id'ir<jan<:,if. becausoii is also -'to ah that are afar oil'"; and 
in its ai'iihcatinii auMu:^ nil these, by a purj^ose that must be 
sovereign, and inusl in> eternal, and must be gracious, be- 
cause it is divine, it is limited to ''as many as the Lord our 
God sh=dl call. ■ 

I would miss my j-urjHise very far if any one were to un- 
derstand fiotn anything that I shall say that I claim for 
Presbyterianisni antl tlu' Presl)yterian Churches a monopoly 
of any or all of these elements of success and blessing that 
are promised in the te\t. But with the fullest catholicity of 
spii'it, it is surely our n-ht to point out that Presbyterian 
principles reqinre us lo seek for, and strive after, each 
one of them; tluit rresbyterian doctrines reveal the true 
method of tlieir attahnnent : and that Presbyterian organiza- 
tion presents a most favorable channel for their exercise and 
development. If these ]>ositions can be maintained, Presby- 
terianism ha.-> u.-thii-;; to tear from the future, but will be 
foiuid to meet the scripti.vid conditinns of a church for all 
times, and ;i church for all peoples. 

I ask you, tlieii, tlrst, to oliserve with me that the condi- 
tions of the ilivine pioini-e given in the text, upon which all 
•these element- of bles>nv.r d.pend, is the cardinal lainciph; 
of that theology of wrieli our church is the avowed and 
recogniiad expoiur.i. ■•The promise," \\\i\\ all that it in- 
cludes, is "t'> a< many :;s tlie L(U-d e>ur God sh;dl call." 
Tliat God h;;s a pe-.-pIe cl... >en in love from .-rU eternity, whom 

Presbyterlynisij a>-]> the Futube. 8o 

he has predestiiiafed to be couforuied to the iin;i;^e of liis 
Son: th;tt upon theui lie Ix-fet avs, each in ]iis own Time, the 
eticctual call of his Hulv Spirit: th;it by that call beinn- 
made partakers of the divine nature, they turn from sin in 
faith and repentance unto God, and that without that call 
and tlie idndling t)f the divine hfi; within them, they are cer- 
tain to continue in sin because of the deadness of their 
moral nature; and that the bestownient of that call includes 
every gift that pertains uiito life and godliness, and every 
grace that is necesf-my to keep them from falling, and pre- 
sent'them faultless the presence of his glory with ex- 
ceeding j.\y— this, as I understimd it, is the system called 
Calvinism ; and this, as I understand it, is the creed that 
we confuss ; and tliis, as we have seen, is the doctrine of the 
text. Now it is nut essential for receiving the blessings of 
the text th:d we understand and receive the doctrine of the 
text. The sovereign grace of God is not limited to our finite 
and fallible understanding. 

'•The love of God i, brjadci- tbiin tao luoasnie of man's mind," 

and many a man who has spent his life in the vehement 
denial of tlie sovcrei^_;nty of grace, has been himself a most 
conspicuous monunj(;]it of that sovereign grace. But as- 
suredly those wh(^ J-ecognize the divijic condition of blessing- 
are in the most favorable attitude for receiving bles.^ing; 
and those who l)a\e recognized God as the sole and sufhcient 
source of salvation, and all ihoi leads to it, are on tlie only 
sure load for tiiding it. "Them that honor me, I will 
honor,"" saiththe Lord: and honoring God. we need not fear 
v.hat man can do unto, us, or say of us. 

It has been s:ud that every Christi;in is a Calvinist upon 
his knees. If thi.-, is time, and no o:ie who carefully observt s 
the ]»rayers (.f dewju.t luen of whaff'ver shade of belitd' can 
well doubt it, it in great pai't accounts for the hirge measure 

84 ^Iemokial. 

of blessing bestcnve(l. "apou cliurcbes whose formal creed 
denies the di^-tinctivu dtictrines of grace. But the church 
that proi'esses and i:e;i(jho^; these grcnt d(..c{rines has an 
overwhelming argument in her moutli Id hrhuj men to (heir 
Icnei's, pointing them i;) i.'ie only s.mrcc of \iA\< and bless- 
ing, iLst seeking to climb up some other \Yay tliev be cast 
out as thieves and robbers, or, at least, come short of the 
glory of God. And "^liat the church of the future needs 
that she may have a larger measure of blessing is not (hat 
she should cast aside, or curtail, ov soften ber creed, but 
that her creed shorild get down into her lieart, and bring 
her down upon her knees, waiting upon the Lord for his 
blessing, until his grace shines forth in her life, and all men 
ai'e pointed to the Lamb of God tliat taketli away the sin of 
the world— until all slial) hear the voice, "Look unto me, and 
be ye saved, all the eneis of the earth; for I am God, and 
there is none else." 

Wlien, in the second place, we Ljok at the elements of the 
promise in detail, these tlioughts find illustration and em- 
p]i;\sis. I have used the term "revival" as including all 
that is involved in the promise of the Holy Spirit. It is a 
term that implies /{/"t;. There is no blessing for a dead 
churcli Its creed may be unexceptionable in its orthodoxy, 
its worship may be fauhluss in its beauty, its jninistry pro- 
finmd in tlieir learning, their conduct above reproach and 
iheir orders lieyond suspicion; but if life be not there, if the 
Spirit ff G('d be not thert', orders and dignity and learning, 
.'esthetic wnrship and o]'tliodox creed, will imt save it from 
the blight and coi'ru])ti('U of death. A dead church is 
not ]iringing men to Christ; a dead church is not seek- 
ing and saving the lost: a di-ad church is not doing the 
only work that gives her a right to be. Ihit if the Spirit of 
God breathes upon slain, instead of bleaching bones, 
we will have ;i living army to do the work and light the 
battles of the living God. 

PRESiiYTF.RiANis>r AXP THE Fi;Tmu;. 85 

Again, (lie tiTin revival iin|)lios a rcnr}ral of life. Some 
may o1)jeet r.o t1ie term or. tlr's gr.jvind, and say tliat iu- 
tervening ]^)Oi'i'xl.-. of depression and death are in;p]ied in its 
use, and that tliis is not a normal state of the church, but 
one to be regretted and deplored. Tint renewal of life does 
]iol, necessarily imply tliat the pi'evi':)us state was one of de- 
pression; it moans the heightening- or quickening of the 
previous state, whatever it nuiy be. "I am come that 
they might have lift-, a:\d that tliey might have it more 
abundauily." If we nndertahc to cross the mounlaiu 
ranges that traverse the eastern slope of our continent, 
we ascend one ridge only to descend into tlie valley on 
Die cither side: v.e cross the valley, ascend another ridge 
f\nd again descend, and so until the whole system has 
been crossed. Jjut if v,-e go to Siberia and ascend from the 
eastern coast we liave a very diti&rent experience. By and 
by we come to 11 ic nK>untains. but when we have ascended. 
instead of a descent into a valley bevoud, we have a broad 
table-land, gently rising u[)ward from the summit of one 
range to the base uf another: ',ve climb that and continue to 
repeat the same experience, always ascending and never de- 
scriiding; at times moru rapidly than at others, but still 
ah'.ays u]j\vard. Fruni the weakness of our human nature 
our iwivals are too apt io be like our own mountains, with 
valleys of depres-ion between, l)ut they need not be so. 
Every true revival should bring the church nj) to a higher 
plane of Christian lif.j and experience from which tliere need 
be no descent, bui a ste-idy march onward and upward 
Ironi tlie heiglil attained, until a new intlux of spiritual life 
and eneri!'}- lits us for ascending to yet gre:iter heights. 
J'Jevivid, thus undi'r>t(X;d, is the true ;i.nd ra.'rmal st;-i.te of the 
churrh and of tlie Christian, and not an occ;isional s})as- 
m.'dic (-tHa-t that spends its force and le;ives no lasting 
benent. It is God's law uf the cliurch's gro\vth, and with- 

8G ^[kmoi:i\l. 

out growth there viilbp, l:)y ahav that ciiu be ignored iu the 
spiritual no niorv than iix tlio u.^tur;.*! ^^orld, retrogression, 
decay ajid dcritit Ij>.l us look tht-n at oorrio I'f the eli'ects or 
manifestations of reTiv.'u. 

There is lirst the sjiiritual quickening- of the children of 
God. As rain n^fi-esh-js the parched earth, so the Divine 
Spirit poui'ed out upon the souls of believers causes every 
grace to spring and grow afresh. On every side there is 
verdure and bloom aii'T ripening fruit. Gud's v,-ord is 
studied with a fresher interest ; praj'er has new power and 
fervor; prai.-e has a h.igher note of joy; God's house is 
thron<:red witli eairer ^^orshi1/pevs. Love tlows umvard to 
God and outward to num. Brolvcn friendships are renewed, 
neglected duties are }:ierformcd, and slumbering consciences 
are arousech 

With the renewal of other duties comes the renewal of 
Christian tcstiuiony. If neglected before, the duty is now 
performed; if periVained before, it is now done v.ith new 
power. Christians speak often cme to another and often to 
those that are witliout. The pt^ver of the Holy Ghost is 
upon them to witness JVa- Christ, and so with the growth in 
grace comes the increase of nund^crs, and the," Lord adds 
da.ily to the church of such as shall be savecL 

But more than trat : out of every great revival arise those 
new teachings of truth, and those new movements in behalf 
of the trutli, that lead tlie church on to higher and better 
things. The Tuformation was the fruit of j-evival. The 
modern evaugelisiic movement v»as the fruit of revival. The 
great movements in the interest of the young jioople of the 
fhurch art all tlu' rt suit of revival. And no individual 
chiux'h enjoys a true revival that some more practicrJ view 
of its duties, ajid some more active prosecution of its work, 
is not the result. 

Revival, then, in whatever a.sp(:ct it is considcnal,. is essen- 

Presbyterianism and the Future. 87 • 

tiai to the cliurch's life and growth. Nay, it is the chin'cli's 
life. How, then, and 'wbence sh;dl \ve Imilv for revivrJ? 
Humaii n id lire in its shdrt-sightediioss, liuinan nature in 
its impatience, human nature in its pride, otten suggests 
various human methods and instru)nentah'tios by which re- 
vivals may Ik- "gotten u})," as the vulgar plu'ase goes; for- 
getting that a re\"iYal, like water, can rise' no higher than its 
source, and that a revival o( human origin can give no more 
than a humaii blessing. The Calvinistic theology comes in 
as the true and oidy correction of human ignorance, impa- 
tience, and pride. Keeping its eye fixed uj)on God as the 
only source of revivad, siuco he gives the })r^pruise. and the 
promise is unto as many as he shall call, it cautions us to 
use just tliose means that he has comnumded, and to wait 
upon him for the life-giving power, without \\hich all our 
eli(_)rts i^e vain. 

To this same conclusion, not only its doc'iriue, but every- 
thing in its worship and ordur tends. Neither condemniiig, 
nor dejiendent upon, lixed fornis, its wi.U'shi]) has always 
been simple and free from adventitious ornament. With the 
Spirit of (bjd in it, it is fre&h, satisfying, inspiring: without 
his presence it is lifeless and l»ald; thus nudang us feel the 
constant need of his life and power. Its main strength and 
reliance is ujion the '• f(.)uiis]iucss of preaching."' which GckVs 
word and all ex])erieiice teach to be poweiiess to save with- 
out the .S})irit of God. Insisting upon an orderly entrance 
int(^ its ministry and other otiices, it at the same time claims 
for them no "indelible ch;iracter,'' no power of salvation by 
manipulatirm, no oflicial grace or virtue, but solemnly 
charges all that only as tliey jiei.sei]ially seek and lind the 
grace and iwwer of the liuly S}iirit can their ministry be 
ellectual in l>ringing revived blessing ':■-. to his church. For 
this reason it has !io temjMrary or •'expediency" otlicers 
in its organizatioii, but s /.emniy bets apa.rt tho.->e oilicers 

88 !ME.vro?wi.uL. 

tli;it it finds in thnAvo-.'ii of God, recon unending tlieni totlie 
grace of God. If Tlie rresl)ytcri;:v! C-ijiiich is not a revival 
cbnrc]i. it is notliing. \ud the n.ore tliO]'ouo-]ih- it masters 
its own princi]^ilos. tl.c nu>rt' coutinnouslv and incre;r-inpiv 
Avill it be a revival ebnrcb, ;ind the bngJiter will sLine for it 
tliis jn'oniise of vm Lord- "If ye being evjl ]cno-\\- bow to 
g-ivc good gifts unto your eluJdren, liow in.neb more shall 
YOiir heavenly Father givo the Iloh Spirit to them that ask 

The next element of pr-nniso in the text is perpefAiatlnn : 
"The promise is mito you, and to your children."' This 
manifestly has to do v^ith the future. The church that 
would take h'jld of the future must i^y its hand upon the 
hearts of the young. Here, again, ^ve only need a more thor- 
ough a})p]ication of lair own }n'incip!es. T'enying riu the 
one haiid the doctrine of l)a]>tismal regeneration, and on the 
other, re])udiating the exclusion of infants from the church, 
the Presbyterian C'liurch has ahva}-s.. talcen its stand on 
God's inirepealed covenant, and said to its little ono'^, ''Ye 
are the children of the covenant." Admitthjg them to the 
privileges uf the church on thel)asis of Gi/dV covenant j>ro- 
mises, it has ahvays insisted that God's little ones should be 
trained for liim. Lou.l;- iiefore the m-xlern Sunday-school 
was dreamed of, the i^resbyterian ('luu'<'li in lier parish 
schools, in her ]iarent;il tr;;ining-, and in lier pa-^toral cate- 
chisings, was instructiiig her cliililreu in the word of God 
and the doctrines oi' that word, with a thoi-oughness tliat 
modern r'-'.ethods have rarely equalled and never sm'passed. 
Seizing hold of the new instrumentality because of its A\ider 
Bcoi:)e and better op[n>rtuni{ies for roacliing tliose that are 
\nthout, she has incurporated it into hi-r system, and devoted 
to its development her higliest and noblest energies. Aral 
if she has relaxed in an}- degree her fi.iraier iiistrnmentaliiies, 
there are uut lacldng indications of a wi-(- return to the 


parish sebotA, AvLile parental trainiDg- will always revive 
witli a revived cliureb. 

But in our own days a new deinaiul is mndt' nj^on the 
church. The church is r(.alizing its call ti) persunal service 
as never hot'ure. ai.d with that call conies the call to train its 
children nut oidy to know Christ, hut U> serve him. Innum- 
erahle rornis of orgunizatiou tor acconi])lishing this work have 
sprung- into henig-, some within church lines and some with- 
out, some AAise and sonic otherwise. It is gTatitying to note 
that the. venoi'able Synod of Virginia has aj>[)ointed a com- 
mittee to intjuire into the l>c.-.t method of org-anizing' and 
develophi;.;' the energies of its young- jieojile. One thing- is 
certain: the clmrch cannot reslrain these movements if it 
wuuld; and it ought not if it could. God is in them, liis 
word is behind theiu, and what tlie church needs to do is 
heartily to enconvage, and wisely to direct, the el'forts of 
its young- jKriplo in channels most coiiformaljlc to its own 
life, and most conducive to tlieir S})iritual growth. But 
these moveiiieiits :t>nsidered m themselves, and apart from 
any que.-5ti(.in of ])articular furm or method, are evidences 
that the revi- d promise is reaching- untu uur children, pro- 
mising; to us and to all who eiicjin.-;ig-e thein, the perpetua- 
11(11 of the blessings of the }'resenl, and the moi-e abundant 
manifestation of thos(; blessings in the future. 

The I'resbyteriau Chiu-ch has p(>culiar advantag-es from 
its fetrni i»f g-overnment for the instruction and guidance 
of its children and youth. It alone has an t>rder of men 
regularly set apart for the direction uf Gods, whose 
very name is derived from the family. The elders ai'o 
vrd. lined to bo tiie .-i]>intua.l lathe's ui the congregation, and 
she] 'herds of the J] )ck. As fathers, they cannut neglect the 
children; as shepherds, they camiwt f.)rsake the lambs. As 
the I'uuntain of government in the congregatK-m, it is theirs 
to direi;t and organize ihe church until "the whole body, 

90 iVlEMC!rj.vj.. 

fitly joiued toj?:ttlio3- raul cornp'ictod oy that wbicb every 
joi)it siip]:i^ictli, nccivdii"-- t" tlif cliccraid \\\;r]:ino- in the 
mensure of ewvx ^[O'i, mnlvotli racrcaso of tlif body unto 
the edifying of itself in Icve." As tlie y(>ia-s go on, tbis 
office become?; not less, l)ntn;ore, iuipoi'tnnt. Aiid as ciders 
more fullv realize tlie nature and resp(insi1)iliiv of tbeir 
office, tbey v.ill more eiieetively discbarge tbis work of de- 
velopin-j- and organizing tbc Cbnstiaii activities of tbe con- 
i-Teo-ations under tlioir csu'c In sncb organization cbiMren 
and young peo|,)le must have a large and important paii, 
and in tlieir wisely directed zf-A., consecrated in tlieir youth 
to tbe ^Master's use, the cliurcb A\il! not be slovv" to see its 
best and brightest promise fur the future. 

But we must now turn to look at tlie last element of pro- 
jxij-^Q — tlu' lavimise of i'>t^'trr/rj/ir/i/ ; ior tbe ]>]-omise is not 
only imto you and to your clnkb-en. it is '-to all tliat are 
afar ofi." AVlu-n v,-e conterapbile tbis promise, as the events 
of these last days have given it meaning, we are tempted 
to exclaim with tb.;j pri.pbo1: "V7ho are these tlir.t tly as a 
cloud, and as dnvco to tluir windows?" "Behold, these 
shall come from far; and lo, tliese from the north and west, 
and these from thu laud of Sijiim." 

Wliile Ave elifC'r fully award to aiiotlier doni"'mination the 
p;dm for tlie inauguratii'U of tlu^ rjv. idorn missiuiiary move- 
ment that has just completed its first contnry. it ^liould not 
be forgxitten thai as early n^ IG'iO :i rresbyt<rian professor 
in the University of Leyder founded a mis- ionjn'y college, 
whose g/aduatcs went forth to tbe Dutch Ivist Indies, and 
did work which anticipates all that is best in modern mis- 
sions. And if in the missionary revival led by Carey, a 
Scotch Gener;)] .\ssrmbly at llrst turned a cold shoulder 
-up<jn the enterprise, it is none the less true tiiat a mem- 
ber of that Assendily ])Lunteil to tbe Great Commission 
as tbe final and sufficient argujuunt for missions, tbe answer 


to fJI iibjcctioBs, and the ciul of controversy. But whatever 
the original attitvide of ihe T'reslAterian Church, no one 
will deny that it has assuined its full sJiare of the woi-lc nrjw. 
Xo one who, at the recent i;-reat Council of Presbyterian 
Churchof;., heard upon one phitforin Presbyterian mission- 
aries from India. Chimi. .Vfrica, Korea, tl\c New Hebrides, 
and the wilds of Northv.e^t America, and wlio saw two 
great clnu'ches packed at the same hour with Presbyte)-ian 
con oTcgat ions to hear the n-icssages tliey l)roug-ht of the 
progress of the gospel in all hinds, could liave any doubt of 
the present attitude of the Presbyterian Ghm-ch towards 

And ]iow cuuld ii be otliervvise? ]\rore than ten years 
ago, wlien just licensed Liy my Presbyti'vy, 1 jircached my 
iivst mi^siunaiy Sermon fr!a;> this {oxi: "Therefore I endure 
all for tlio elect's sal-;e, tliat tliey may also obtain the 
s-alvat'on v.hicli is in Clirist Jesus witli eterjial glory." And 
to tins day tliero is to my mijid no sivojiger missionarv ap- 
peid than that. The r.ian v,ho has taken down into his 
lieart tlie Ijelief that (n.d has an elect people scattered 
throughout this vo>rliI v. bom ho calls upon his church to 
lind out v\-ith tlie messa-i' of life, can have no rest day or 
night while anylliing n mains undrme that he can do to 
carry out Christ's })ur|). s^.s of grace, and bring to the Lord 
his own. The encourautsufnt to Paul io stay in Corintli 
was thai tlie Lrad had ):;nch people in that city: and tlie 
knowledge that the P< .rd has chosen ones in all lands is the 
best encouragtijurut to {l;e church to go everywhere i^reach- 
ing the \\<.rd. And \\]<Mo we have in our doctrines the 
strongc'St possible motiv.' f'>r missionary etlbrt, we have in 
our polity a system that is eapal'lo of world-wide expansion. 
Like the banyan tree, w];f)-.;-v(n- a ]>rauch touches the ground 
it takes root. 'With :,ll the elements drawn direct frc^rn the 
people, it develops a naUve organized church on any soil in 


■which it is phiuted. It commends itself to the jud.quient of 
the inlolkeiual JJraluuiii, and is conipj'eheusil»le to tiie nmid 
of tlie simple Ptipnau It is i'omi.l..te in ;dl its eltiuc-nts on 
the liiiiest islet, and is flastic em.uiyh iu cover the Liv'adest 
continent. It is capaT/it- cif reali/ii\i>' ;i wca'ld-^vide (.iii,'anic 
unity, but in tlje equality of ail its ruh I's, and the fj'eedom 
of all its integral part.>, it is more soliciloits of maintaining 
the ubity of the spirit in the bond of peace. 

The 1^-csbyterian Church is then j^cciilinrly adapted to be 
a missionary churcli. And it has como to recugiaze mis- 
sionary activity not only as a duty to the licathen, but as an 
essential ]iart of the clim-cb's life. Ilnlargement is as neces- 
sary to the clmrch as perj^et nation. The outgoing of the 
church's energies is as necessary to its life as is exercise to 
the body. The more it puis forth, tliu ntoj'e is its strength 
inci'eased. and the fnlkr the]iulsations of life and gra^e that 
How through its members from the great heart of Christ. 

To live, to endui'e, lo expand. These are the elements 
necessary to a church for all times and for all j^eoples. And 
these, from the promise of tlie text, we may, in hundjle de- 
pendence upon Gdd, chiim as ovu's. 

We do Jiot claim that our church, just as it stands, is the 
church of the future. G'>d doubtless has n-any lessons yet 
to teach us, and so)ue L>f them \ve miglit well Ije learning 
now. 1 believe tluxt every great chiu"ch has some deposit of 
truth tliat it is her mission to contribute to the church of 
the fniure. Some may contriljute a ruore varied arid re- 
sponsive form of worship, yet wilhuut reducing everything 
to set forms. From the same source there niay como tlie 
effective administration of the diocesuu bishop without the 
diocesan's rank; fr^m another source tliere may come the 
power derived fiora freer p'.rsonal testiniony for Christ; 
from others, something yvt diilerent. that G^d riow sees but 
that we do not. 13ut of one thing i am jK-r.-^uaded. That 

Pkesbytepjaxis^^t and the FUTI'RV: 


wbiel) tlie rrcsliytcriaii t';unily will cuni vilnili' is thai which 
makes it Gah. inistic Mid which makes it Presl>ytt'Vi->ii, a 
doctviiKi that ,q"ives ^^■l'>ry to God and a })olit_v thai f;ivcs 
libei'ty to tho people. F<>r this it is that insures to us the 
promise of revival, perpetuation and enlarL'-einent, until the 
inultitude of the redeemed have all l.>oen gathered in, and 
the Lord shall lie kini;- over all the earth. 


(P., Pa'itnr ; P. I-.. Pallor F.kci ; S. S.. Statcl Si.p; ly. Otlie: r.-p- 
plies are not enrolled here, but are nar.ieil in the Historical Ske: :h. 
Those marked * are deceased. Where I). I >. or other title is in -. irrii- 
thesi.-., it indicates lliat il was nut confei red until after the niinistrv r.ere 

Rev. Aktkmus Boies,* P., May 12, 1S19 ^ ii'2n. 

" l.EONAKD K. LArnRor," P., Jan. — iSsi- Oct. — iSzj.. 

" Ndel Konr.KTsnN,* P., .April — 1^27 — April — i?2n. 

" Thos. p. IIlnt,* P 1S30— June22, 15^4. 

" JAS. A. Mc.vEU,* p. i:., Nov. " 1S34 1-3-3. 

'* W. W. Ekeis,- p., iS^S-Feb. — 1X42. 

" Thos. R. 0\vf.n,*P. E., An- — 1S42 — Sep. — i<4-;. 

" J. O. .SrELNEA:;,"- S. S., Jan. - 1S45— Aug. — 1^51. 

" y\. P.. GitiEi;, ;D. D.), P., July. iS, 1852- -June — iS6e 

" Horace E. Singeei.)N, p Jan. i, 1S66— Oct. i, 1871. 

" A. F. ].)iCKSu.N,* p., Dec. — iS7i-May— 1S73. 

" J. U., D. I)., ^EE. D.), i'., ^Ear. — ES73-April i, 1SS5. 

" Peyto.v H. Ukge, D. \i., p., Dec. i, 18S5 - 


Thomas i;. 0'ai-n, ,)!dainn! (a! out) !S37, died E-'.N2. 
Shj.vey G. Ewv, oi.lain.ed ES5S, Staten Islatid, X. W 
C;eoi'OE W. McMii.i. ■•.%•, ordaiv.ed tS7^, Topsail, X. ('. 
Wn.EE\M H. Croves ordained IS75, Eynnvilie, Tenn. 
Aeekandek Slt;L-:,-r. ordained 1878, Rock Hill, S. C. 


(Tliose marked * died ip oftice. Those niaikcd t died afler being dis- 
mi-^sed to other churches. ) 

William P. Ilokv.t ^Tar. 17, 1S31 1S35. 

James Owen,* Mar. 17, 1831 — Aug. 5, 1S65. 

Ale.xander Anderson,* Mar. 17, 1S31 — Nov. 15, 1844. 

RoPERT V.', GiBRS,* Mar. 17, 1S31 — Jan. 13, iS6i. 

Hervey LA\v,t 1S36 — 1S50. 

JOH.N C. I.ATTA.t .-Jan. 10, 1S50-N0V. 6, 1S5S. 

James II. Dickson,* _.. Dec. 20, 1S5S Sept. :jS, 1S62. 

John N. .\NDRE\vs,t Dec. 26, 1S5S— Apr. 28, 1870. 

Barzillai G. Worth, Dec. 26, 1S5S — Mar. — 1867. 

James C. Smith,! Dec. 26, 1S5S— Dec. 10, iSSi. 

George Chadkourn,* Dec. 26, 1S5S— July S, 1891. 

Alberi a. Willard, Feb. 2, 1S6S — 

John McLaurin, Fel). 2, 186S— 

James D. Gumming, Feb. 2, i86S--Aiig. 17, 1S73. 

Charles II. Roi;inson, Feb. 2, 1S6S — 

Samuel XoRTiiRor, Feb. 2, 1S6S — 

Barzillai G. Worth, Jan. 13, 1S70 — 

, Benjamin F. Hall, Dec 21, 1879 — 

John D. Taylor, Mar. 7, 1S86— 

David G. Worth, _.N'ov. 22, 1S91 — 


(Those marked * died in oifice. Tliose marked t have died after be- 
ing dismissed to other cluuches ) 

Gm FERr PoriER, * Mar. 2G, 185S iSui. 

Thomas C. Worth,* ..Mar. 26, 1S3S— Oct. - ii62. 

Malcolm Mcl.vN'is, I Mai. 26, 135S— Mar. iS, iS6S. 

JnsF.i'H 1;. Ru.ssEiJ,, * Mar. 26, 185S — Feb. 8, tSSo. 

John \V. K. Dix, * Mar. 26, 1858 — Oct. 9, 1S62. 

Jami-.S D. CuMMiN'-., Mar. 26, I.S5S- Feb. 2, iSbS. 

Sa.muei, NoKiTiRor, Mar. 26. 1S58— Feb. 2, 1S6S. 

Thomas W. Plavkr, * Feb. 2, iSr-S— Aug. i, 1879. 

Edwako P. George, Feb. 3, iSGS— Feb. 6, 1S73. 

WiLi.iA.MSON Whu'ehkvo, t Feb. 2, i8()S— June 14, 1S74. 

David G. Worth, Feb. 2, 1S68— Nov. 22, 1S91. 

George \V. Williams Fcl). 2, 1S68— 

Charles P. Merane, Mar. 12, 1S6S — 

James Sprunt, Mar. 16, 1S73— 

James Alderman, *. Dec. 21, 1879- Mar. — 1SS5. 

John Y). Taylor, Dec. 21, 1879 — Mar. 7, 1886. 

Horace M. Munson, Dec. 21, 1S79-- 

William R. Kenan,. .. Dec. 21, 1S79 — 

Henry C McQueen,... Mar. 14, 1SS6 — 

John U. Curicie, Mar. 14, 1886 Nov. 6, 1892. 

James H. Chadeocrn, Jr., Nov. 22, 1S91 — 

William .\. Uiach. F)ec. 4, 1S02 — 

Willi \'>( .^i. Cum.mino, F'tec. 4, 1892 - 

EnwARn S. Tennent, _. .Dec. 4, 1892— 


(The family name i-- only giv 
dren. In all other ca-cs il is r 

AUtcrman, Mrs. Delle F. 
A%critl, Mis Xollic \\ooJ 
Bacon, Mis. Elizabctli K. 

" Miss Lucy Eiizabetli 
Barrentine, James CiregL; 
" Mrs. Florence 

ri'.ery, Mrs. F.lla T. 
Kell, Benjamin 
lleli, Mi.-s Jeaniiie M. 
r>cll, Mrs. Mary M. 
Bellamy, Mrs Eli/a M. 
Miss Ellen 
" Eliza 

Bellamy, Marsdcn 

Mrs Hat tie 
Bell.-imy, Dr. W. J. H. Mary \V. 
John Dillard 
i;iddle, Mi^s Mary Elizabeth 
Bid.Jle, Robert Anderson 
Blaclcwell, Mrs. Marv [ane 
Bemjy. G. James 
Bioney, Walter P. 

Mr.-.. Mary A. 
Bonit^, Miss Florence 
l.^onitz, Miss Mary E. 
Borden, Charles E. 
Bor(ViJ, Mr>. Octavia 
Bowcii, Tames J. 

Mrs. Wilmer K. 
firo'.vn, Alexaii'lcr 1 >. 
Mrs. Eiizabelli 

en once tor jjarents and unmarried chil- 

(Brown), .Miss Rachel I'airweather 
" Miss Maggie Fyfe 

Cannon, Mrs. Sarah J. 
Carr, William Harriss 

'■ -Mrs. Mattie Forbes 
Chadbourn, Jame- H., Jr. 

'■ Mrs. ISIanclic King 

Miss Abbic llli.~ 
Chaclijoiirn, \\'illiaiii II. 

Mrs. Adelaide S. 
" Miss Emma Marie 

" Miss Lucy .-Vdelaide 

Chase, Mrs. Mary L. 

'■ Mis^ Caroline Louise 
Condici, L.»r. A. W. 

" Mr... A. W. 

Cook, Miss NJIie 
Covington, Frank Leake 
Cowan, Mrs. Sue Ilarriss 
Cronly, .Mrs. .Margaret 
M;>> Jane .M 
Mi-,s Sallie T. 
" -Michael Jr., 
Croswell, William J. 
Mr-. Mary 
■' (iou'cr 

Mi-s .S:dlie M. 
Harry .M. 
Culv.-r, Mrs. Mary F. 
Cumniing, Mrs. Kate T. 
•' Miss Sue L. 




Cunmiing, \V. M. 

Davis, Samuel 

" Mrs. Rachel H. 

" Miss Emma J. 

" Miss Margaret Dickson 
Dickson, Mrs. Margr.ret M. 
Doyle, William W. 
Durham, Dr. J'^me- II. 

Mrs. Nellie Alston 

Eilers, Miss Matilda 
Knnett, Mrs. Sallie P. 
" Miss Georgie N. 
Miss Sallie 

F'airweather, Miss Elizabeth 
Fainier, William Graham 

" Mrs. Eiic) Eugenia 

Flanagan, Mrs. E. 
Fore, Mrs. Corne'iia Grant 
Forshee, James M. 

" Mrs. Sarah Kinnier 

Miss Bertha 

" Miss Annie Kinnier 

" Eugene 

" James Kinnier 

Fouler, Mrs. Mary E. 
Freeman, Mrs. Isat)ella J. 
French, George K. 

" Mrs. Cornelia 

Gerken, Mrs. Hattie W. 
Gibson, Mis=. Cora Mitchell. 
Gibson, Mrs II. W. 

" Miss Margaret E. 

" Miss I>j---ie May. 

(iilchrist, Mrs. Ella F. 
Green, Hector McEean. 
" Mr>. IdaD. 

" Miss Alice. 

Haddock, James S. 
Hall, B. F. 

" Mrs. Margaret F. 
'■ James Spruiit. 
" Alexander McDonald 
'' Miss Sucan. 
" Eouis Edward. 
" John. 

" Miss Jessie Dalziel. 
Hall, Mrs. Susan E. 
Ilallett, Allen V. 
Hancock, Eewis Graiilin. 
Harriss, Miss Mary. 
Harriss, John .S. 

Mrs. Ada. 
Haniss, Mi.-,s Julia Sanders. 
Hart, Miss Etta. 
Hart, Miss Sarah E. 
Hart^field, .Mrs. Sarah. 
Hashagen, Mrs. Mary D. 
Heinsberger, I'iiilip. 

Miss Isabella. 
Philip, Jr. 
Hewlett, Miss Mary Cook. 
I licks, Rufus W. 

Mrs. Sallie M. 
Hicks, Octavius. 
Iloge, Mrs. Mary S. 
Holladay, \\'il!iam Waller. 
Howard, W. H. 

" Mrs Eliza. 
Howell, Andrew J. 
'' Mrs. Eaura. 

" William Harriss. 

" Andrew J. Jr. 

Huggins, Geoige \\". 

Mrs. Ei/zie A. 
Huggins, Mrs. Ann M. 
" Ell win Toumer. 

" Miss Annie James. 

Roll of Communicants. 


Jackson, Jrcines W. 

Mrs. Saiali E. 
Johnson, Mrs I'iinnie, 

" !\Iiss Kate E. 

J. Starr. 

" George Thoina=. 

Johnson, Mrs. Alice. 

'■ Miss Lillian S. 

' ' Miss Fannie C. 

Jone~, Miss Magj;ie. 

Kenan, Wiilian K. 

Mrs. Mary IL 
" Miss Mary Lily. 

Kenly, Mis.^ Edna Mannii'g 
Kidder, Miss .\nn Potter. 

Lamb, Mrs. Martha J. 
Latta, ^^i^5 IK-kn. 
Latin, Mi.-,s Maria C. 
Latta, Miss I'riscilla E 
Lee, Mis? Lila S. 
Lewis, Mr--. Sallie Gray. 
Lewi.-., Thomas C. 

" Mrs. Mary H. 
Lewis, Robert B. 

Mr.s. Mamie D. 
Lilly, Edmund. 

^' .Mrs. Kate. 

'• Mi-„ Roberta. 
].0'e, Mijs Maia. 

M alloy. Henry W. 

" Mr>. Katie. 

Mann, Mias Label'a R. 
Matthew.^. Dr. John E. 

Mrs. Label la. 
Mebane. Charle.^ P. 

Mr.s. .\Lrriha. 
Mi.s Anna McXai 

Melton, Mi^s Amy Lradlcy. 
MoiTatt, Mr-. Caroiiiie. 

Mis> Ma-gic. 
Moore, ^:rs. E. II. 
Munson, Horace IL 

" Mrs. Louisa P. 

" Mi>s Kate C. 
Edward, n, 
MoCulloch, Harry M. 
Mciiitb-e, Robert Motier. 

" Mrs. Sarah L. 

" John .McKay. 

" Mi.--s Mary Wilson. 

.McLaughlin, Mrs. Elii:a. 
McLaurin, Jjhn. 

" Mrs. Catherine H. 

" Mi^.- Sallie Xorn.cnt. 

McMillan, Nirs. Salbe E. 
Charle.-- Ellis. 
^L;Queell, Henry C. 

" .Mrs. Mary Agnes. 

McRae, Jamc- iJick^on. 

Newc-ll, .M;>. Kate L. 
Northrop, Samuel. 

Mrs Mary F. 
" Robert Houston. 

Northrojp, \N'il!iam Ilarriss. 
Mr,. Alice M. 

Owen, Eb.'.a. 
Owen, Jolm \V. 

.Mrs. Sallie II 

" Mis- Lucy Oliver. 

" Mi.-s Carolina i'otter. 

Padrick, Mr-. Ma .Melton. 
Parsley, Geuige I >. 

•' -Mr-, Katie King. 
Pearsali. I'hilander. 


Roll of Communicants. 

(Pcarsall), Mrs. Mary Moore. 
Peck, Mrs. Eliza! ^vth. 
Pennington, I,e\vi> ]'>. 
Perrin, Mrs. Sarah C 
Phillips, Everett Jefferson. 
Pisford, Dr. E. S. 
Potter, .Mrs. Elizabeth. 
'* Miss E'.izahctli. 
Price, Mr^. Catherine K. 

" Miss Ijettie K. 
Price, Richard \\'. 

" Mrs. Duralde S. 

Riach, \V. A. 

" Mrs. Marianrie. 
Riley, Mrs. Mary. 
Robinson, Charles H. 

" Mrs, Elizabeth. 

Robinson, Mrs. Isabel. 
Uel M. 
Charles H. 
Rotlnvell, Mrs. Eaura. 
"' Mi>s Henrietta. 

Mis. Mary. 
Russell, James Poul.on. 

Mrs Eli/a Fcwler. 
Russell, Mrs. Eucreiia. 
Russell, Dr. Frank Havens. 
Russell, Daniel Eindsay, Ir. 

SavaLje, Henry. 

*■ Mrs. Jane. 

'■ Miss Anna i'ar.ilev. 

•' Miss Isabrl. 
Schonwald, Dr. John I. 

Mr. Carrie A. 
Sclionw.i'd, .\lrs. Catherine. 
Sharp, John H. 

Mrs.. Sophia T. 
Sliarp, .Miss Claudia \V. 

1 Shepherd, Mrs. Eaura T. 
j Sii;clair, Miss Jennie Mel aurin 
Smith, W'iliiani C. 
Smith, Jarnes 1 '. 
Smith, ^'^rs. Ko-e ?b 
! " Miss Rose R. 

" Miss ^Largaret Diek.on. 
Sneed, Emniett Holt. 

Mrs. Ria E. telle. 
Soiitherlanrl, Chauiicev G. 
Mrs. Ella F. 
Miss Mary Lily. 
Springer, Mrs C. W. 
Spriinl, Miss .Anna. 
Sp''unt. Jar;ies. 

•' Mrs Euola M. 

Stevenson, .Miss Eiz/ie. 
Stevenson, Willi.nni M. 

Mrs Mary Elizabeth. 
Stokes, Dr. \V. F. 
S%veet, Mrs. Julia T. 

Taylor, John D. 

" Mrs. S. Elizabeth. 
" Miss Kate. 
'■ Mis. Hattie. 
•' Miss P.essie. 
Ta\!:.r. .\hs. Kez.iah. 
Tennent, Mrs. Hattie. 

Edward S. 
Thomas, Ro\'. 
Thorpe, William B. 
Toon, Mrs. Sar.ih E. 
" James Euther. 
Toon. Wdliaui Pineknev. 

'• Mr.. Emily .May. 
Tu: lingi.ji), W. 1 i. 

'• Mr. C.r.-.ce D. 

Turrentine. [ohn R. 

-Mr.. .M. l;. 


(Turrentine), JohnR., J:. 

\'an Anivinge, Stacey. 

'• Mr>. M.iiy Ficii^.cis. 

" Miss F.niiift \V. ^ 

Van Anvin;',e, Alvoord. 
Van Laer, ii. 
Vick, Samuel Vv'. 

" Samuel \V., Jr. 
Von Chain, Mrs. Caroline. 

Warrock, WiUlan; S. 
Mr^. G. A. 
\Varroek, Mrs. Virginia. 
Whitehead, .Mrs. K. C. 
Whiilock. Charles .M. 

^^^5. .Maydolle C 
NVlii'icl, Duncan Ciomariie. 
Wijc^ins C). A. 

" .Mrs Anna. 
Willard, Albert A. 
.Mrs. Mary. 
Mi--., l.otiie May. 
" Joseph Bannister. 

Kchvard I'ayson. 

Williams, Geor[;o W. 

" Mir,s r'annic ]\fid. 

Miss Manha R. 
Williams. Duncan M. 
Willson, J.amcs Edmund. 

" .Mrs. Mamie Galloway. 

\\'ise, Mrs. Jessie Hargrave. 
WV,od, Mrs. Mary E. 

Miss leannie D-hiel. 
Wojdwaid, William J. 

Mrs. Mary J. 
" Chailes Worth. 

" Joseph Marion. 

" Isabel Carew. 

Wootteii, Mis. Mary. 
Worth, Barzillai G. 

.Mrs. Mary E. 
Miss Julia A. 
Wortli, David G. 

.Mrs. Julia A. 
" James Spencer. 
Worth, Ciiarles W. 
■' .Ml,. Emma. 
Worth, William li. 
.Mrs. Nellie. 



Barnc.=;, John S. 
Barr, Mrs. Ruth Ann. 
Beasley, Mrs. Alice L 
Benson, David J. 
Bollon, Miss Alice. 
Bolton, Miss Isadora. 
Brehraer, John Phillips. 
Brown, Miss Mary 1'^. 
Burriss, Is.aac N. 
Burriss, Mrs. Celicia C. 

" Miss Ella Lee. 

" Miss Julia K. 

" Miss Currener. 
Burriss, Joseph Newton. 

Chadwick, Mrs. Minnie Narcissc 
Cook, Abraham V>. 

Darden, Mrs. Mary J. 
Dicl<^.ey, Jes<e. 

" Mrs. Susan U. 

Dicksey. Jesse J. 

'" Miss Minnie Lee. 

Dicksey, Mrs. Mary E. 
Eaton, Mrs. Julia '"r. 

Mi^s Dora. 
Felder, Mrs. Carrie R. 
Fowler, Mrs. Mary Jane. 
I'ryar, Miss Mar^'aret A. 
Frynr, Miss Rachel M. 
Fulcher, Mrs. Mary. 
Fulford, M^s.^ Ediih F. 

Gnrriron, Mi-s Annie Alwilda. 
Gilbert, Cha^-. II. 

Mrs. Arniisa Matilda. 
Gray, Jesse \V. 

" Mrs. Mar:7arel L. 

I Hall, Amcdia. 

j " -Mrs. Caroline. 

Hammonds, Miss Maggie. 
I Hammonds, Miss Georgia. 

i Jone->, ^frs. Rebecca A. 
j " Miss Ida Lee. 

Kershaw, Mrs. Amelia E. 

Messick, Miss Adeline. 
Miller, Mrs. Mary R. 
Mitchell, Mi.-s Doia Grizzell. 
Morse, Mrs Dally 
McKinney, John \V. 
Mrs. Ella. 

O'Brien, Mis.-> Carrie. 

Paul, Mr^. Jane. 
" Eduard. 

Rackley, Joseph R. 

" Mrs. Jane. 

" Miss Mary Ellis. 

" Miss Ida Bailey. 

Reaves, Mrs. Eleanora. 

" Benjamin F. 

" Miss Emma Evelina. 

Rogers, Mrs. Editha. 

Skippei, Edward. 

" Mrs. Julia Ann. 

Summerlin, lohn. 

Warburton, Doctor. 

" Mrs. Mary I'mily. 

WelL Mrs Catherine. 
Williams, Mrs. Budy. 


Chesinitt, Mrs. Carrie, Winston, N. C. 
Colton, Molton A., Gb'-^govv, Ky. 
Comfort, C. I., Newport, R. I. 

" Mrs. Agnes, r-,'cwpovt, K. I. 

Currie, Miss Eunice, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Damon, Mrs. E'.izabetli T., Lancaster, Mass. 
Davis, CJeorge II., Augusta, Ga. 

Dcmpsey, James E., -, . 

Eranibert, Loais P., , . 

Ilallett, Mrs. Emily, M t. Olive, N. C. 
MurjiLy, Miss. Mary 11., Sampson Co., N. C. 
Follock, E. v., Middle Sound, N. C. 

" Mrs Sarah, ' ' " 

Riley, Mrs. Dora E., Lurgaw, N. C. 
Richards, Mii.s Irene, Glasgow, Scotland. 
Shaw, Miss Sallie, Rocky Point, N. C. 
S;. ringer, I'red. E., Kak-:gh, X. C. 
Smith, Mrs. Gertrude G., Mt. Airy, N. C.