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First annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Historical Society was held in Campbellsville, Kentucky, 8 P.M., June 14th, 1904 : so much of the exercises of the evening as pertain to the life of Rev. James Madison Pendleton are here preserved .ed ... / by Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Proctor.
First annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Historical Society was held in Campbellsville, Kentucky, 8 P.M., June 14th, 1904 : so much of the exercises of the evening as pertain to the life of Rev. James Madison Pendleton are here preserved .ed ... / by Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Proctor. Eaton, T. T. (Thomas Treadwell), 1845-1907. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images University of Kentucky, Electronic Information Access & Management Center Lexington, Kentucky 2002 b92-83-27375985 Electronic reproduction. 2002. (Beyond the shelf, serving historic Kentuckiana through virtual access (IMLS LG-03-02-0012-02) ; These pages may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. First annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Historical Society was held in Campbellsville, Kentucky, 8 P.M., June 14th, 1904 : so much of the exercises of the evening as pertain to the life of Rev. James Madison Pendleton are here preserved .ed ... / by Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Proctor. Eaton, T. T. (Thomas Treadwell), 1845-1907. Baptist Book Concern, Louisville, Ky. : 1904. 42 p.,  leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Coleman Microfilm. Atlanta, Ga. : SOLINET, 1993. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. (SOLINET/ASERL Cooperative Microfilming Project (NEH PS-20317) ; SOL MN02917.08 KUK) Printing Master B92-83. IMLS This electronic text file was created by Optical Character Recognition (OCR). No corrections have been made to the OCR-ed text and no editing has been done to the content of the original document. Encoding has been done through an automated process using the recommendations for Level 1 of the TEI in Libraries Guidelines. Digital page images are linked to the text file. Pendleton, J. M. (James Madison) 1811-1891. James Madison Pendleton, D.D. REV. JAM1ES MADISON PENDLETON, D. D. This page in the original text is blank. This page in the original text is blank. THE FIRST ANNUAL MEETING OF THE KENTUCKY BAPTIST HISTORICAL SOCETY Was Held in Campbellsville, Kentucky 8 P. M., June 14th, 1904 So Much of the Exercises of the Evening as Pertain to the Life of REV. JAMES MADISON PENDLETON, D.D. Are Here Preserved In Tender and Loving Remembrance by Mr. and Mrs. B. F. PROCTER LOUISVILLE, KY. BAPTIST BOOK CONCERN 1904 L This page in the original text is blank. INTPLODUCTORN This page in the original text is blank. INTRODUCTORY The sixty-seventh annual meeting of the Bap- tist General Association of Kentucky convened with the Campbellsville Baptist Church June 15th, 1904. Preliminary to this meeting, and by courtesy of the Baptist Ministers' Conference conven- ing at that time, the choice hour of 8 p. m., June 14th, was given to the exercises of the first annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Historical Society. The church was thronged by a large and representative gathering of the Baptists of Kentucky. The faces of the fath- ers, full of sober recollections of the heroic past, and the countenances of young men eager to catch inspiration for future service, were gathered together in sympathy with the pur- poses of the new organization, and in the spirit of this special occasion. The occasion would be memorable not only for the reading of a special paper upon the life and labors of Dr. 7 Introductory. J. M. Pendleton, but also for the unveiling, as the property of the Society, of a superb oil portrait of this man, whose life is so linked with Kentucky Baptists. Accompanying the por- trait there is also the gift to the Society of a handsome set of Dr. Pendleton's Works. These generous gifts are testimonials of love from Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Procter, of Bowling Green, Ky. When the Secretary of the Society, Rev.. J. P. Jenkins, announced the absence of the Pres- ident, Dr. W. J. McGlothlin, it formed a happy incident that B. F. Procter, of Bowling Green, whose personal interest in the occasion was so close and tender, was unanimously called to preside. This position he accepted with a few appropriate words. The old hymn, "How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord," was sung, and Dr. J. S. Dill, the Bowling Green pastor, being called upon to lead in prayer, invoked the blessing of God upon the exercises, and prayed that it might prove an inspiration to future labors and toils in the upbuilding of the Kingdom. Dr. T. T. Eaton, pastor of the Walnut Street Baptist Church, then was introduced and read his admirable paper on the Life and Charae ter of Dr. Pendleton. From boyhood days Dr. 8 Introductory. 9 Eaton had known Dr. Pendleton, had been among his most intimate personal friends, and had been called to take part in his funeral ob- sequies. It was especially fitting that he should speak from the fullness of his personal knowl- edge. This page in the original text is blank. PAPER. BY T. T. EATON, D.D., LL.D.. This page in the original text is blank. JAMES MADISON PENDLETON, D.D. [This paper was read by Rev. T. T. Eaton, D.D., LL.D., before the Kentucky Baptist Historical Society, at Campbells- ville, June 14th, 1904.] T HACKERY says that it takes three genera- tions to make a gentleman. So we begin with Henry Pendleton, grand- father of the subject of our sketch. We find him on July 7, 1774, presiding over a meeting in Culpepper, Va., called "to consider the most effective method to preserve the rights and liberties of America." Of course he became a soldier in the War of the Revolution, and his letters home, which have been preserved, prove him to have been a man of piety. One of these letters from the army to his wife says: "I hope the Lord has heard your prayers for me." Henry Pendleton had four children-Mary, Benjamin, Henry and John. The last was the father of James Madison Pendleton, and his record shows he was worthy of his father. John 13 1Jamee8 Madi8on Pendeton. Pendleton studied under Andrew Broaddus, of Caroline county, Va., and at the close of his course taught school. In 1806 he married Miss Frances J. Thompson, an aunt of the Hon. Richard J. Thompson, Secretary of the U. S. Navy, under President Hayes. After his mar- riage John Pendleton engaged in mercantile pursuits, renting "Twyman's Store," in Spot- sylvania county, and carrying on a general trade. He, too, was an earnest Christian man. Of such lineage James Madison Pendleton was born in Spotsylvania county, Va., Novem- ber 20, 1811. He was named after the then President Madison as a token of the regard cherished for him by the Pendleton family. James had two sisters, Mary and Frances, old- er than himself. In 1812 the family moved to Kentucky and settled on a 300-acre farm in Christian county. There the boy grew up. At nine years of age he started to school, and was initiated into the mysteries of Webster's Spell- ing Book and Murray's Grammar. EHis father waas the teacher. He said of himself: "My tem- per was bad in my boyhood, and when mad the appearance of my face, as I once happened to see it in a glass, was frightful. It was some- times necessary for my father to whip me, though I believe he never did so in school," 14 James Madison Pendleton. adding with characteristic modesty, "I richly deserved every whipping I got." His childhood was spent in a little section three by six miles, in which Jefferson Davis and Roger Q. Mills grew up. He was not a very strong boy, having frequently to take doses of "nauseous medicine," but he was fond of play and fun, and was a leader of the boys in their sports. While the subject of many serious im- pressions, especially under his mother's pray- ers, he did not make profession of faith in Christ till he was seventeen years of age. He had a striking experience of grace, being con- verted, after a season of deep penitence, while praying in the forest under a tree. He was baptized April 14, 1829, by Elder John S. Will- son. In February following, to his surprise, the church licensed him to preach, though he did not preach a regular sermon for a year and a half. Next year he took charge of a neigh- borhood school, which he soon gave up because some of the patrons were displeased that he taught only six or seven hours a day. His first sermon was at West Union church, ten miles west of Hopkinsville, on the fourth Sunday in September, 1831, the text being "God commandeth all men everywhere to repent." Not long after he preached his second sermon, 15 James Madison Pendleton. taking for his text "So Great Salvation." Writ- ing of this years afterwards, he says: "I had exhausted my scanty store of theology and could think of no other subject on which I could say anything." He studied with Robert T. Anderson at Russellville, and presently taught at a salary of 15 a month. In 1833 he became pastor of Bethel and Hopkinsville churches, giving two Sundays a month to each. His salary was 100 a year from each church, though Bethel soon made her salary 150 a year. He now lived in Hopkinsville and studied with Prof. J. D. Rumsey. On the 1st of January, 1837, he entered on his pastorate at Bowling Green, where he be- came eminent, and where he received the un- heard-of salary of 400 a year. In October he went to Louisville to aid in organizing the Gen- eral Association of the Baptists of Kentucky, which body he served for five years as clerk. When the jubilee meeting of the Association was held in Walnut Street Church, Louisville, October, 1887, Dr. Pendleton was one of the six survivors of the original body. These have now all gone home. He made one of the jubilee addresses, telling of the condition of the de- nomination in Kentucky in 1837. It was in August, 1837, that a new coloring 16 James Madison Pendleton. was given to his life. In company with John L. Waller, he started to an Association. They stopped in Glasgow and spent the night with Richard Garnett, Esq., whose daughter Cath- erine, then for the first time met our hero. He says he was not favorably impressed at first. How she was impressed is not on record. Next day Miss Catherine, her brother, and these two preachers rode thirty miles to the Association, and that ride completed her con- quest. It was not till October, however, that the young preacher declared his love, and in response she "said nothing." Near the close of the year she consented, and in March, 1838, Miss Catherine Stockton Garnett became Mrs. James Madison Pendleton. A more happily mated pair it has not been my good fortune to know. Their bridal tour was taken after they had visited friends in Bowling Green and relatives in Christian county. The said bridal tour was on horseback to Louisville and return, an in- teresting account of which he gives in his Rem- iniscences. Recollections of this bridal tour were ever fresh in his mind, and he often took pleasure in relating incidents connected with it. In 1844 he took a trip to Philadelphia to at- tend the Triennial Convention. Of this trip he kept a diary, which I wish to reproduce in the 17 James Madison Pendleton. Western Recorder, and so it can be passed over here. It is thoroughly characteristic of the man. His impressions and his estimates of the then leading men in the denomination are of great interest. He remained pastor of Bowling Green till 1849, when he was persuaded to accept the call to Russellville, where he had a hand in found- ing Bethel College. He returned to Bowling Green, however, after a year's absence. Here he remained till the close of 1856, when he re- moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to become pas- tor of the Baptist church and Professor of The- ology in Union University, of which my father was President. I remember my father's great anxiety and his vigorous efforts to bring Dr. Pendleton to Murfeesboro, as well as his great joy in securing him. At my father's death, January 12, 1859-whose funeral sermon he preached from Acts 7:59, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit"-Dr. Pendleton became chairman of the faculty and was acting President. He also became associate editor of The Tennessee Baptist and the Southwestern Baptist Review. All this time he cultivated a farm adjoining town. When the war came on, Dr. Pendleton, who had all along favored the gradual emancipa- 18 James Madison Pendleton. tion of the Negroes, took a decided stand for the Union. And though the community almost unanimously favored secession and the excite ment was intense, such was the respect he com- inanded that no insult was offered him. He was never in personal danger, although he appre- hended that he was so, all unconscious of the profound regard everybody had for him. He continued as pastor and in cultivating his farm, though the University was broken up, until 1862, when he turned his face north- ward, and made his way to Ohio, stopping to visit friends in Kentucky on the way and nar- rowly missed seeing his oldest son, who was in Bragg's army, then on its Kentucky campaign. This son's death in the battle of Perryville was a great sorrow to the whole family. John M. Pendleton was his name, and his body lies in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville. He was a noble man. Dr. Pendleton settled first in Hamilton, Ohio, whence he removed in 1865 to Upland, Pennsyl- vania, where he had a most happy pastorate of eighteen years, and where he laid down pas- toral work forever. He became one of the active managers of the American Baptist Publica- tion Society, and aided in founding Crozer Theological Seminary. On the completion of 19 James Madison Pendleton. fifty years in the ministry, he presented a pa- per on the subject to the Baptist Ministers' Conference in Philadelphia, that awakened very great interest and called forth many compli- ments. In 1883 he laid down his pastoral work. Un- der his ministry the church at Upland greatly prospered and sent forth two flourishing col- onies. It cost him a severe pang to lay down work he so loved, and with people who so loved him; but he felt the time had come for him to retire from the active ministry, though he re- mained useful to the last, dying as was said of Plato, with his pen in his hand. After resigning at Upland, he and Mrs. Pen- dleton divided their time between their four children-Mrs. Waters, at Murfreesboro; Mrs. Waggener, at Austin, Texas; Mrs. Procter, at Bowling Green, and Garnett Pendleton, Esq., in Philadelphia-children in every way worthy of their parentage. On March 13, 1888, was celebrated their gold- en wedding in the church at Bowling Green, and in the home of the Hon. and Mrs. B. F. Procter. It was a tenderly interesting occa- sion. It was my privilege to be present and to take part. The proceedings were broken up in a most unique way, of which I will speak later. 20 James Madi8on Pendleton. It was on the 25th of January, 1891, in the church in Bowling Green that he preached his last sermon. His first sermon was on repent- ance and his last on sin. At noon on March 4, 1891, he "fell asleep" and went to his reward. It was my fortune to do for him what he had done for both my father and my mother, viz.: to conduct his funeral. Of course my text was 2 Tim. 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." "Ne'er to those mansions where the weary rest, Since their foundation came a worthier guest; Nor e'er was to the bowers of bliss conveyed, A fairer spirit, a more welcome shade." Such is a brief sketch of the life of this great and good man. Let us now consider the man. Some incidents in his life that show his char- acter were not mentioned in the sketch, but were reserved for illustrating what manner of man Dr. Pendleton was. PERSONAL APPEARANCE. He was kot what we would call a handsome man, but he rose higher. He had a classic head and erect stature, with an easy grace of move- ment. There was something regal in the flash 21 James Madison Pendleton. of his eye, and the expression of his face showed rare benevolence. He attracted all who saw him, and there was a subtle magnetism that held them. His countenance was open, and one felt no risk of being repelled in ap- proaching him, and age did not mar his appear- ance. It brought no stoop to his shoulders and no cloud to his brow. That he was a born and bred gentleman was manifest to all beholders. Of medium size, he had a commanding pres- ence, and would have been a marked man in earth's proudest assembly. There was no pe- culiarity of dress or manner. He did nothing to attract attention, and never seemed to be self-conscious. HIS WISDOM. He had perfect self-command. In an inti- mate acquaintance covering many years, I never knew him to manifest excitement or to be flurried. He seemed to be master of every situation. And he showed wisdom in dealing with others as well as with himself. When he became pastor in Hamilton, Ohio, there were two factions of long standing in the church. Neither side would make any advances toward the other. Yet Dr. Pendleton effectually brought them together and healed the breach. 22 James Maclhon Pendleton. After laboring with them he announced a church meeting, and that certain seats were reserved for those members of either faction who were willing to be reconciled. Their tak- ing these seats meant that they retracted every- thing they had said offensive to others and asked forgiveness. When the meeting opened these seats were all filled with those who had been at variance, and the breach was healed without anybody's saying a word about it. That was a master stroke. Well did the Bap- tist Ministers' Conference of Philadelphia, in formal resolution, declare that Dr. Pendleton had "wisdom, ripened experience and good taste." Another mark of his wisdom was that he grew old sweetly and gracefully. He did not resent the present in his recollections of the past. The Persian proverb was not fulfilled in his case-"The tendency of age is to sharp- en the thorns and wither the flowers of life." He was mellowed by age without being soured or withered. His only regret at getting old was that his power for usefulness was dimin- ished. When in his last illness the doctors told him he could not live, he replied: "Well, gentle- men, you may be right, but I do not feel like a dying man." What Coleridge said of Chan- 23 James Madison Pendlton. ning was true of Dr. Pendleton, "He had the love of wisdom and the wisdom of love." HIS MODESTY. In early life he was diffident, and while he overcame that largely, there was always a resi- duum of it that added to his modesty. He was a brave man and never shrank from responsi- bility, but he combined with high courage true modesty-a very rare combination. He could talk about himself without either self-deprecia- tion on the one hand, or boasting on the other. He would tell of his achievements as if he were a sympathetic observer rather than the doer of the deeds described. Note his letter of resig- nation to the church at Upland and his book of Reminiscences, his last and his sweetest book, written for his childrens' sake and not at all for his own. As Canon Liddon said of Dean Mansell, Dr. Pendleton was "like all really great men, so homelike, so simple, so unpresum- ing, so perfectly indifferent to the opinions which might be formed about him-not through any contempt of other men, but through a low- ly estimate of himself-that they who saw him only on matters of ordinary business had no real opportunity of taking his true moral and intellectual measure." 24 James Madison Pendleton. Depreciating remarks and bitter words against him did not rankle in his heart. He would look at a bitter remark made about him as complacently as he would view a compli- ment. There was no vanity to breed and nour- ish resentment. As Wordsworth said of James Watt: "Re never sought display, but was con- tent to work in that quietness and humility in which alone all that is truly great and good was ever done." HIS ABILITY. As a preacher, he was clear, strong and im- pressive. Never impassioned, he was always logical and tender. The hearer was sure the preacher knew what he was talking about, and ever felt that he had great reserved power be- hind all that he said. He was mighty in the Scriptures, holding with unyielding grasp to "the faith once for all delivered to the saints." While he never dazed or dazzled a congrega- tion, he never failed to edify and uplift them. His preaching never wore out. It was always fresh and nourishing. That was a great meet- ing he held at Upland, when he did all the preaching, and from night to night unfolded the way of life, until there were more than two 25 James Madison Pendleton. hundred additions to the church, including twenty-seven married couples. That is preach- ing. He did not so much impress himself as the truth. His hearers seldom thought to ask whether he was a great preacher or not, so com- I letely did he hide himself behind the great truths he held forth. He was always accurate, yet never dry; always logical, yet never heavy; always strong, yet never dull. Each sermon wias complete, and so easy to remember. I can remember now sermons I heard him preach when I was but a child. There was an evenness in his preaching seldom seen. He used no thunderbolts and no platitudes. Always in- tensely in earnest, he cared little for ornament- ation in speech, and never attempted to soar. He rose with the greatness of his theme, and never by flights of oratory. His style was sim- ple, clear, and strong, and he made no failures. As Nordi said of Savonarola, "He was always equal to himself." His style was what Justin McCarthy claimed for Dr. Barry, "at once strong and graceful, it penetrated with ease to the inner meaning of every question it touched, and illumined every point by some flash of artistic or poetic fancy." As a writer, he took strong hold of the read- er. HUs style was clear and strong in writing 26 James Madison Pendlkton. as in preaching. He never wrote anything a second time, holding that this habit fostered carelessness in the writing. He first knew what he wished to say, and then wrote it carefully, and let it stand. His first book was "Three Reasons Why I am a Baptist," and was the outcome of sermons he preached at Liberty church. This book has had a wide circulation on both sides of the At- lantic, and has been translated into Swedish. While associate editor of the Tennessee Bap- tist he wrote the articles which were put into a book that has had a marked influence in Southern Baptist history-"An Old Landmark Reset." This book called forth many replies, and was a factor in a famous controversy. No one can deny the wonderful strength of the book. After thirty years' discussion, Dr. N. M. Crawford, of Georgia, once President of Georgetown College, said that this book had never been answered. Dr. Pendleton's first written controversy was with Alexander Campbell, a foeman worthy of his steel. Mr. Campbell did not always treat opponents with marked courtesy, but he so treated Dr. Pendleton. The question debated was the priority of repentance to faith. 27 James Madison Pendleton. As associate editor of the Southorn Baptist Review, he wrote a number of solid and schol- arly articles. He knew the New Testament, making it a rule to study it through in the Greek once every year. He wielded a Damascus blade in debate. Take an example-Dr. T. 0. Summers, of Nashville, a famous Methodist divine, published a book on baptism, in which he said: "So numerous are the works on bap- tism, so worthless are most of them, so humble are the claims of the author of the following treatise, that he has not been without some un- pleasant apprehension in regard to its fate, if committed to the press." Again: "Many of the works on baptism which teem from the press are utterly worthless." Dr. Pendleton, quoting his language, says: "The worthless books referred to are, we suppose, Pedobaptist works, for the author certainly does not feel under obligation to supply any vacancy in the theological literature of Baptists." Dr. Sum- mers argued that eis in connection with bap- tism does not mean into. After answering this argument, Dr. Pendleton concludes: "What a strange word this little eis is, if what the Pedo- baptists say of it is true. It will take a man into a house, into a ship, into a country, into a city, into heaven, into hell-into any place -28 Jamne8 Madison Pendleton. in the universe except the water! Poor word! afflicted, it seems, with hydrophobia." In 1868 he wrote his Church Manual, which is a recognized standard among our churches. A little later he wrote a capital treatise on the Atonement, and a clearer or more satisfactory discussion of that great subject, in such short compass, does not exist. In 1878 he wrote "Christian Doctrines," which many regard as the best book on the subject. In 1881 he edited and published the "Life and Times of Reuben Ross," by James Ross. In 1884 he published his "Notes on the New Testament," a book of great practical value. Then two years later came his "Notes of Sermons," a valuable addition to our homiletical literature, which was highly praised by Chas. H. Spurgeon, who said, "These 'Notes' are sound, searching, savory. They in- struct and interest, edify and stimulate." In 1890, at the urgent request of his children, he wrote his last work, "Reminiscenses of a Long Life." He devoted two months to this book, which is most delightful, not only for its facts, but for its observations and opinions as well. HIS PIETY. Dr. Pendleton was a man of profound piety. He had the highest sense of honor and the 29 b James Madison Pendleton. strongest sense of duty. The first thing he ever bought was a Bible. At the age of seventeen he had an old-fashioned Holy Spirit conversion. With a heart broken on account of his sins, he read Samuel Davies' sermon on 1 Cor. 1:22, 24, and while kneeling under a tree in the forest he found the Saviour and enlisted in Christ's service, in which he so long showed himself a faithful soldier. He impressed his friends with his thorough conscientiousness, and he never flinched in his advocacy of truth, and so aroused antagonisms, some of them bitter and lasting. Never did he stop to count noses be- fore taking his stand on any question that arose, nor did he calculate who would stand with him and who would be arrayed against him. He asked only-what is true and right As was said of John Bright, "he was ever ready to lay his popularity on the altar of duty." He was willing to make just as many and just as bitter enemies as faithfulness to truth required. He was a hero of the highest type-a hero of truth. Several times did he say to me, what he repeated just before dying: "My grand pur- rose has been the establishment of truth." Well did Dr. Martin B. Anderson write of him: "Your fidelity to your convictions, whether moral, religious, or political, has won for you 30 Jazzes Madison Pandleton. the profoundest respect wherever you are known." "He had no enemies, you say! My friend, your boast is poor; He who hath mingled in the fray Of duty, that the brave endure, Must have made foes. If he has none, Small is the work that he has done. He has hit no traitor on the hip, He has cast no cup from tempted lip; He has never turned the wrong to right, He has been a coward in the fight." James Russell Lowell says: "You can never know a man's moral genuineness until you know what he will do for a principle." Dr. Pendleton loved Christ and His truth above all else, and, while his devotion to truth, as he saw it, made him bitter enemies, he was never bitter at them in return. He had what John Knox called "the spunk of Godliness," along with tender gentleness and broad charity. "When he was reviled, he reviled not again." Just before dying he said with a peculiar ten- derness: "I have never attempted to disparage anv other brother." At the Anniversaries in Washington in 1888, Dr. Pendleton was called on to lead in prayer. 31 James Madison Pendleton. A reporter of a daily paper remarked: -That man prays as if he was used to it." Ah! how we need such men to-day! We can say of Pen- dleton as Wordsworth said of Milton: "Thy soul was like a star, and dwelt apart; Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea, Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free; So didst thou travel on life's common way To cheerful godliness, and yet thy heart The lowliest duties on itself did lay." MRS. PENDLETON. Any account of Dr. Pendleton would be sadly incomplete which did not tell of the noble wo- man who for so many years was a true help- meet for him, and who so richly blessed his life. He ever felt his great obligation to her, and ever treated her with the greatest respect and the tenderest devotion. In his trials she was his chief earthly comfort. Always cheer- ful, she overcame in him any tendency to de- spondency in sorrow and trial. Her ready tact smoothed his path, and her intelligent love strengthened him for his great work. She was his chief earthly dependence, and she had a large share in his achievements. He said of her: 32 MRS. CATHERINE STOCKTON (ARNETT PENDI)LETON This page in the original text is blank. James Madison Pendleton. "She has been more than all the world to me. In times of prosperity and times of adversity, in days of joy and days of sorrow, I have ever heard her voice encouraging and blessing me." At the Jubilee meeting in Louisville she was present, though blind from the effects of cat- aract, and in his address there he said: "She, the wife of my young manhood, of my middle age, and of my old age, is here to enjoy these exercises. Deprived of sight, she can only hear your voices. How glad she would be to see your faces, especially the face of the Walnut street pastor, whose father and mother she so much admired and loved thirty years ago. But it cannot be. Still, there is comfort unspeak able in the thought that there is in reserve wh'at the 'old theologians' called the 'beatific vision.' The saints are to 'see His face.' They are to behoid the Lamb in the midst of the throne." Never in her blindness did Mrs. Pendleton utter the slightest complaint. With her re- mark-able energy she continued to teach her Sunday School class, though she could not see them, and her happy cheerfulness brightened all who tiame into her presence. At the golden wedding in the churth at Bowling Green, Mrs, Peudleton sat in front, beside her honored husband. After I had tried 33 James Madison Pendleton. to speak according to appointment, and found myself, in the flood of tender memories, unable to say what I had intended, Dr. Pendleton arose to respond. Speaking of God's blessing upon the marriage whose fiftieth anniversary we were there to celebrate, he spoke of his in- debtedness to his wife, and turning to her said: "Now, dearest one, it is fitting that I speak a word or two to you. There is no earthly ob- ject so dear to my heart. You are not as you were fifty years ago to-night. Then, with elas- tic step, you walked with me to the marriage altar, and we pledged to each other our vows of loyalty and love. I do not recognize that elastic step now. Then your face was fresh and blooming; now the freshness and the bloom are gone, and wrinkles have taken their place, while gray hairs adorn your head. Then, and for forty-six years afterward, the expression of your mild blue eyes was always a benedic- tion; now that expression is no longer seen, for blindness has taken the place of sight. But, with these changes in you, my love has not changed. Bodily affliction has not eclipsed the intellectual and spiritual excellencies of your character. You are the same to me, and no kiss during half a century has been more deeply expressive of my love than the one I now give 34 James Mliadon Pendleton. 35 you." Then he stooped over and kissed her up- turned face. They had arranged for singing, but no one there could sing, and the meeting closed in tears. This page in the original text is blank. UNVEILING OF THE PORTRAIT This page in the original text is blank. UNVEILING OF PORTRAIT W ITH the closing sentences of this tribute to a noble life and character both the reader and the congregation were in tears. Then by happy inspiration the male quartette arose and sung with melting pathos the sweet gospel hymn, "Wonderful Peace." The presentation of the portrait was next in order. Dr. J. N. Prestridge was fittingly chosen for this impressive ceremony. He was one whose youth had caught the power and in- spiration of intimate personal touch with the declining years of Dr. Pendleton. The portrait, hanging over the pulpit platform, had up to this moment been closely veiled. Dr. Pres- tridge being introduced spoke as follows: It was not my privilege to know Dr. Pendle- ton in the days of his manly strength, but it was my joy to know him in the evening tide of life, when he had laid aside the great bur- dens and responsibilities he was wont to bear aDd had permitted his loved ones to place an 39 James Madison Pendleton. arm chair for him by the hearthstone and again on the porch in the cool of the evenings. I would count myself happy to have known him in the early days as well, but I would not ex- change my knowledge and fellowship with him in this evening time, when he had laid aside his armor, for knowledge and fellowship with him in any other one period of his life. The bear- ing of the man was full of the consciousness of many long, well spent years; of pure living, of noble endeavor, of widely recognized schol- arship, of harvests reaped and wide sowings for yet other harvests, of means acquired for the needs of those dependent upon him, of the nearness of children and grandchildren who were already rising up to call him blessed, of the favor and presence of Him whom he had served, and of an abundant entrance waiting for him in heaven. All of these things were in his bearing, and they wrought in him calm assurance, reposeful strength, gentle approach- ableness, abiding graciousness, eagerness to bless, and glorious expectation. I doubt not the value of what he was and did for others in the noontide of his endeavor, but I rejoice that to me he came after harvesting into his life all of these graces of character. The memory of him as he welcomed me again and again as a 40 James Madison Pendleton. younger brother; as he adapted himself to my needs, problems and hopes; as he taught and led and soothed my spirit (like one who taught and led and soothed not), the memory of all this abides with me like "a benediction after prayer." That was years ago, but what he was within himself and what he was to me, are as vital and mighty to-day as they were in the years that are gone. I rejoice in this hour that it has come to me to pay this tribute to him out of my affection and gratitude. And so with a throbbing heart I present this excellent portrait of Dr. J. M. Pendleton, the gift of Hon. and Mrs. B. F. Procter, to the Kentucky Baptist Historical Society. I count you and myself happy, however, in that I now ask another's hand to unveil the portrait, Mrs. B. F. Procter, the honored daughter in whose home I received the blessings I have mentioned, and in whose home one day angel messengers gathered to see him fall quietly to sleep and to triumphantly bear his spirit to its reward and its God. Mrs. Procter, thus called out, was escorted forward. As she stepped upon the platform the entire audience arose. She quietly re- moved the veil, and there stood revealed the 41 James Madion Pendleton. noble features of him whose life was then pass- ing before us for an example. The audience still standing, and happily lead by Dr. W. W. Hamilton, joined in singing the beautiful hymn, "There is a land that is fairer than day." These impressive exercises were appropri- ately closed when, led by Dr. E. Y. Mullins, President of the Southern Baptist Seminary, bowed hearts waited at the throne of God's grace. Into the fireproof library building of the Seminary, and as the property of the Historical Society will thus be placed the writings and the portrait of this good and great man. May they long prove the helpful inspiration to gen- eration after generation of young men, prepar- ing to preach, to a lost world, the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. "He being dead, yet speaketh." THE END 42