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fore his death, in its clear and stimulating statements of the matters
that had come before the Board not being excelled perhaps by any
other report ever made to the Convention. During his tenure of the
office of Recording Secretary the Board of Managers was located at
Milton.
Not only was Mr. Palmer interested in the Convention proper; he
had a like interest in several of the societies. He was President of the
Education Society, a member of the North Carolina Baptist
Publication and the Sunday School Society, and Depositary Agent in
charge of the deposit of the American Baptist Publication Society, at
Milton, and also a member and Corresponding Secretary of the North
Carolina Baptist Bible Society, and on the Foreign Mission Board and
the Home Mission Board of the Convention. In the absence of any
officer of the above mentioned societies at any of their meetings it
seems that Mr. Palmer was asked to take his place.
Mr. Palmer also wrote much for publication. As occasion arose he
had articles in the Biblical Recorder giving notice of meetings or
reporting them. His services were sought by the secular press to give
reports of Associations and Conventions. Sometimes also he made
reports of his travels and observations, whether to Virginia and points
North, or to some North Carolina town like Greensboro, where he
looked in on the prayer meeting of the little Baptist group and took
part in their services, or to the section of the State to the west, where
he visited the home of the Siamese Twins and made a most interesting
report. Not content with these sporadic privileges of giving publicity
to his ideas and observations he was an editor in his own right, the
publisher and proprietor of the Milton Chronicle. As editor, he
showed that he had the true journalistic instinct. He knew the
significant things of any meeting or occasion and could tell of them in
an interesting way. As an instance, so superior were his reports of the
Wake Forest Commencements and the meetings of the Board of
Trustees that often the editors of the Biblical Recorder would give
only a summary in reporting these events and republish the fuller and
more detailed accounts which first appeared in the Milton Chronicle.
Before 1854, Mr. Palmer had changed the name of his paper to the
North Carolina Democrat.2 This name, however, while indicating Mr.
Palmer's politics, seems to have given offense to some and was
changed to that of the Milton Spectator. Congratulating the editor on
the improvement not only in name but also in appearance the Biblical
Recorder on April 14, 1854, says of Mr. Palmer's paper: "It is
evidently doing credit to the town in which it is issued, and well
deserves to be patronized. We
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2 Biblical Recorder, January 27,
1854.
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