Agency of Thompson, McNabb, and Jordan 247
and a theological seminary, they should unite in freeing the College
from debt and making it all that could be wished. He would have an
agent of the College repair at once to South Carolina, where there was
promise of success among the able brethren and friends.
Before April 8, 1845, Elder Robert McNabb was in South Carolina,
and was working in Cheraw, intending to travel extensively in the
State. He was recommended to the Baptists of South Carolina by
Richard Furman, the ablest and most trusted Baptist minister of that
State. Dr. Furman reminded his brethren that the two Carolinas were
united in the support of a paper, the Biblical
Recorder.3
The Baptists
of North Carolina are giving their support to the Furman Theological
Institution. "Let us adopt their college as ours," says he, "and do our
part in relieving it from its present embarrassments and, in
contributing, as far as we consistently can, to its prosperity and
success. It is a Southern institution ; it is a Baptist institution. "If we
unite cordially in the support of this institution, it cannot fail to attain
to that eminence to which its friends desire to raise it. To my brethren
in South Carolina I would say, in all humility, we have passed many
resolutions on the desirableness of a union of the Baptist
denomination
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3
Biblical Recorder, April 19, 1845. Letter dated at Cheraw, April 8.
Before its suspension at the end of the year 1841, the Recorder and Watchman
had for several years been the paper of the two Carolinas. For the year 1842, the
Baptists of neither State had a weekly paper; when in January, 1843, Meredith
resumed the publication of the Biblical Recorder "in its original form," he no longer
kept the name Watchman as an appendage. Neither in editorial article nor in the
Prospectus which was run in the paper for many months did Meredith indicate the
geographical distribution of subscribers. Doubtless many of the former subscribers
in South Carolina renewed their subscriptions; the paper soon came to be regarded
as the paper of both States. In his paper of November 9, 1844, Meredith explained
that he felt a delicacy in offering his paper to the South Carolina brethren, but that
was from no lack of disposition to serve them, and that he would gladly renew the
former relationship. A few weeks later the South Carolina Convention meeting at
Darlington, by formal resolution recommended "The Recorder to the churches
within the limits of the State, as every way worthy of their patronage and support."
Contributions from the South Carolina brethren now became frequent in the paper,
and they made it their medium of communication with one another and of
discussion of matters pertaining to their interests. As this was the period of the
formation of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the South Carolina Baptists had
a leading part in this, the Biblical Recorder for these years, 1843-45, is a treasury of
material on that subject.
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