Public Exercises 575
deared him, when we say that he is entitled to the lasting gratitude, admiration, and
love of the Baptists of North Carolina. He is a father of the denomination, and
doubtless impartial history on her faithful page will so record his name. Long may
he live, an ornament to his Church and a blessing to society. And when it shall
please the God in whose service he has already grown gray to call him from his toils
on earth to his home in the Heavens, may the close of his life be as peaceful and
happy as its course has been virtuous and useful.
In 1849 the address was by J. L. Reynolds, a native of Charleston,
South Carolina; from 1839 to 1844, Senior Professor in Furman
Theological Institution, and later for some years pastor of the Second
Baptist Church at Richmond, Virginia, and also Junior Editor of the
Religious Herald, in which position he had for several months kept up
a "newspaper war" with Thomas Meredith of the Biblical Recorder.
Owing to the bitterness of that contest the young men of the Euzelian
Society had not done a very gracious thing to invite Reynolds.11 Mr.
Reynolds chose as his subject "The Man of Letters." Although
without organic unity his speech seems to have been well received.
The address at the Commencement of 1850 was by Charles R.
Hendrickson, at that time pastor of the church at Elizabeth City, to
which place he had come in 1848 from Norfolk, and where he was
publishing a local semi-monthly religious paper called the
Messenger.12 On this occasion his subject was "A Knowledge of the
Bible Essential to Complete Scholarship," which he handled in a
simple and yet masterful way, revealing those qualities which made
his pastoral services sought in cities on the shores of both
11 Biblical Recorder, November 24, 1849.
12 Hendrickson born in New Jersey, in 1820, was at first a Methodist and a
Methodist preacher, but had become a Baptist in 1842, and traveled as an evangelist
in Maryland and Pennsylvania until 1846, when he took up the work in Norfolk. In
1852 he became the pastor of the first Baptist Church of Memphis, and later of the
First Baptist Church in San Francisco. After eleven years in California he entered
upon a pastorate in Philadelphia, and in 1873, took the pastorate of the church at
Jackson, Tennessee.
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