Dr. Hopson's Birth.-Parentage.-His Father's Removal to Missouri.-From there to Arkansas -His Being Sent to Carrollton, Ill., to School.-Bro. Henderson's Letter.--His Change to Jacksonville.--Home in Father Stone's Family.Attends Bonne Femme College, in Boone County [book page] 1
Finishes His Education at Columbia College, under Profs. Roach and Thomas, when only Seventeen.-Called to Preach. -Spends a Few Months Reading the Bible with Bro. Abram Miller.-Joins Bro. Samuel Rogers.-Bro. Rogers' Letter. [book page] 6
State of the Church.-His Father's Loss of Property.Opposed to his Preaching; Insists on his having a Profession besides.-He Selects Medicine.-Married.-His Father Dies. -He Becomes a Farmer.-Death of his Wife.-Removal to Fayette, Howard County.-Joel H. Hayden.-Alex. Procter. -Second Marriage.-Death of his Wife.-Visit to Dubuque, Iowa, with Bro. D. P. Henderson.--Robt. B. Fife, of St. Louis, Marries his Mother [book page] 12
Meeting in Dubuque, Iowa.-Result of the Meeting.-My Conversion and Baptism, and our Subsequent Marriage [book page] 18
A Proposition.-Visit to his Mother.-Return to Fayette.-Call to Act as State Evangelist.-Visit to Columbia, Paris, Mexico.-Providential Escape.-Meeting in the Court-house in Mexico.-Debate with Elder Wm. G. Caples [book page] 31
Visited my Relatives in Batavia, Ill.-My Brother's Letter Describing the Meeting.-Other Visits Made There.-His [book page] 38 Estimate of Dr. Hopson.
[book page] viii.
Visit to Pittsfield, Carrollton, Callaway Co., Booneville. -Masonry more Liberal than Sectarianism.-Visit to Warsaw.-Primitive Hospitality.-Visit to Versailles [book page] 42
Novel Experiences.-Life among a Primitive People.How I Became Popular.-Crowds Attending the Meetings, Coming Sometimes from Fifty to One Hundred Miles [book page] 46
Doctor's Meeting at Springfield.-Osceola.-The Man who Joined Dr. Hopson.-Calhoun, Henry County.-Georgetown, Pettis County.-Cholera.-Confession and Baptism of Fourteen Young Ladies [book page] 50
Close of South Side Mission.-Swimming Creeks.-Crossing Prairies.-Visiting Everybody.-Changing Rooms.-Meetings at New London, Paris, Lick Creek, Hannibal.-Change of Location to the Mississippi River.-One Year and Four Months, Four Hundred Additions [book page] 55
Locating in Palmyra.-Building up.-Palmyra Female Seminary a Private Enterprise.-Bro. Knowles Shaw.-Bro. J. J. Errett.-Bro. Creath.-Bro. L. B. Wilkes, Associate Principal.-Palmyra Seminary Incorporated.-Encouraging Prospects [book page] 59
A Preaching Tour.-Meeting at Danville.-Running against a Camp-meeting.-Wins.-Methodist Cousin.-Number of Additions During Summer [book page] 63
Opposition Schools-Baptist and Presbyterian.-Two Years' Prospectus.-Financial Crisis.-Made Assignment.-School Closed.-Gave up Everything.-Extract of Letter from an Old Pupil [book page] 71
Dr. Hopson as a Student.-As a Benevolent Man. -A Friend to Young Men.-Disliked Pastoral Visiting.-As a
[book page] ix.
Husband.-His Punctuality.-A Proposition.-Its Results.Practical Jokes.-As a Son.-His Patience as a Preacher.-Experiences in School-houses and in the Open Air.-The Boy and Cap.-What did Annoy Him [book page] 74
His Courage and Fortitude under Misfortune.-Economy.-Division of Labor.-How the Dutchman Happened to Saw Wood and Work the Garden.-Meetings at Mexico, New Mexico, St. Joseph -Fifty Dollars for One Convert, One Dollar a Head for the Remainder.-Meeting in Batavia, Ill.-In Chicago [book page] 81
L. B Wilkes' Letter-Walnut St. Meeting in Cincinnati, in 1859.-R. M. Bishop's Letter [book page] 87
Removal to Lexington, Ky.-Bro. McDonald's Letter.Pastoral Work in Lexington.-Numerous Meetings.-Country Meetings.-Basket Dinner.-Meeting at Berea.-Tornado.... [book page] 93
The Beginning of the War.-Withdrawal of the States.Meeting in Cincinnati. -First Gun Fired.-Resignation at Lexington.-His Position.-Kentucky Neutrality.-Pledged to Neutrality.-Fidelity of Union Friends.-Fear of Arrest.Took our Daughter to Missouri, to Mrs. Fife, Dr. Hopson's Mother [book page] 99
Meetings at Shelbyville, Eminence, Bloomfield, Old Union.-Morgan's Raid.-Meeting Closed.-The Doctor Notified that the Order was out for His Arrest.-Attempt to Escape.-Union Friends.-Refusal to Compromise Them.His Surrender to Major Brock, of Lexington.-Parole.-Arrest by Col. Warner.-Louisville Prison.-Preaching.-Refusal to take the "Iron-clad Oath."-Camp Morton.-Johnson's Island.-False Charges.-My Endeavors to Secure his Release.-Banished from the State [book page] 104
Dr. Hopson a Conscript.-His Regrets.-No Hope of Release.-His Masonic Relations Advantageous.-Inside Post-
[book page] x
master.-Preached Every Sunday.-Accidental Discovery- Dutch Guard.-Way of Escape Opened.-His Release.-Sent South.-Reports of his Command.-Kindness of Union Friends while in Prison.-Bro. Bishop.-Bro. Graham.-Received Commission.-Gen. Morgan Delighted that the Government had Sent him a Chaplain [book page] 114
My Trip South to Join the Doctor.-Illness in Baltimore. -Visit to Washington.-Interview with J. J. Crittenden.His Assistance.-Detained.-Seven Weeks at Barnum's Hotel.-Wonderful Kindness of the People.-Recovery.-Trip South to Richmond.-Bro. Pettigrew and Family.-Success in Husband Hunting.-Met the Doctor in Augusta.-Atlanta. -Trip to McMinnville, Tenn.-Not a Stranger, Though in a Strange Land [book page] 119
Hospitality.-Arrival at McMinnville.-Preaching.-Life in Camp.-R. M. Gano and Brothers.-I go to Knoxville.Evacuation of McMinnville.-Dr. Hopson Resigns.-We go to Richmond.-Meeting in Richmond.-Located at Bowling Green.-Holly Hill.-C.P. Williamson.-Life at Bowling Green.-Housekeeping. -Cost of Domestic Articles.-Expenses, $20 a Day; Income, $2,000 a Year.-Old Mansion. [book page] 126
Gen. Wade Hampton.-His Request.-His Gratification. -Christmas Dinner for Gen. Lee.-Preparations to Remain in Bowling Green.-Battles of May 5, 6 and 8.-Wounded Soldiers.-The Retreat.-Beating Lee to Richmond [book page] 136
Brief Stay in Richmond- Amelia County.-Amelia Springs.-Jetersville.-Paineville.-Kautz and Wilson's Raid. -Flight to Horse Pasture.-Bro. D. H. Spencer.-Henry C. H. [book page] 141
Blue Ridge.-Patrick C. H.-Paid $5,000 for a Horse, $500 for a Saddle.-Plenty of Money.-Teaching in Patrick Henry Academy.-Thirty-five Pupils.-$3,500 a Month Salary.-Going to Church.-Confederate Candle [book page]144
Evacuation of Richmond.-The Doctor's Arrest, Detention and Release.-Col. Trowbridge.-Maj. Standish.-His Return to Horse Pasture.-The Raid [book page] 149
News of the Surrender.-Start for Richmond-Our Detention.-Dr. Hopson as a Huckster.-Selling Vegetables and Fruit to the Federal Construction Corps for Tea, Coffee, Flour, etc.-Aiding Two Old People.-Three Attempts to Reach Richmond.-Trip in a Sutler's Wagon Across the Last Field of Battle.-Arrival at Amelia Springs.-Fishing.-Call to Richmond Church [book page]154
Takes Charge of the Church.-Condition of the Country.Impoverishment of the People.-R. M. Bishop's Generous Aid.-Brave People.-The Doctor's Indebtedness in Missouri nearly Doubled.-Visit to Kentucky.-Preachers Throughout Virginia.-Bro. Shelburn, his Money and his Calf [book page]162
Bro. Clemmitt's Letter.-General Meeting.-The Convention between Sixteen of our People and Sixteen Prominent Baptists, in Richmond [book page]169
Letter from Bro. J. A. Gano [book page]173
Return to Richmond.-Our Family all Together.-Our Daughter's Marriage to R. L. Cave.-Covington Meeting.Bro. Lape's Letter.-Call to Louisville.-Acceptance.-Motives Actuating Him.-Life in Lexington.-Removal.-Raises Money to Finish Church.-Wm. C. Dawson.-T. P. Haley.-Mission Work [book page]176
Bible School for Colored Young Men.-Interest in Colored Church.-Encouragement.-Substantial Aid.-Three Letters from Students of the School [book page]184
Bro. Grubbs' Letter.--House full of Boarders.-Aunt
[book page] xii.
Mima.-Bought a Home.-Last Payment on Missouri Debt. -Preachers' Wives.-Dr. Hopson a Good Financier.-His Desire for Rest.-His Resignation.-Press Notice [book page] 189
Leave Louisville.-Travel through Missouri.-Call to St. Louis.-Social Meetings.-Presidency of Christian University Urged upon Him.-Acceptance.-Silver Wedding.-Removal to Canton.-Felt Settled for Life.-Bible College and Students.-Prospects Promising.-Trip in the Interest of the University.-His Illness.-Mr. Cave's Arrival and Invaluable Aid.-His Mother's Death.-His Partial Recovery.-Unable to Teach.-Able to Preach.-Returned to Lexington, Ky.Relapse.-His Old Church in Palmyra -His Last Field of Labor.-His Patience Under Affliction [book page] 196
Letter from Wiley Mountjoy.-Dr. Hopson's Life at Home.-Influence on the Students in his Family.-Servants. --Bro. G. A. Hoffman's Letter.-Generous Kindness.-Conscientiousness.--Christ-likeness.-Influence at Home and Abroad as a Neighbor, a Minister, a Friend.-His Liberality. [book page] 210
Letter from R. C. Ricketts.-Encouragement to Write.Dr. Hopson's Position on the War Question.-His Conservatism on the Subject.-His Friends in Both Parties.-Effect of his Arrest.-His Return to Kentucky after the War. Speech at Midway.-Cordial Reception.-Estimate of the Man in every Way.
Bro. J. H. Hardiness Letter.-First Acquaintance with Dr Hopson.-His Kindness to Me.-Easy in his Presence.-Estimate of Him as a Preacher and Christian Man.
Bro. Wm. Van Pelt's Letter. - Warmth of Friendship.-Political Differences. -Fraternal Feelings.-Grand Sermons.
Bro. W. B. Emmal's Letter.-Bro. W. S. Giltner's Letter. -Eminence, Ky. --Bro. C. B. Edgar.-Cynthiana.-Extract Of Letter from Ella B. Myles.-Letter from Bro. Fred Power, of Washington City.-Extract of Letter from Pres. J. T. Patterson, of Hamilton College, Lexington, Ky.-Letter from Chas. L. Loos, President Kentucky University.-Letter from
[book page] xiii
Prof. Robert Graham, Kentucky University.-Letter from S.W. Crutcher.-Letter from Mrs. Alexander Campbell.-Letter from Pres. J. W. Ellis, Plattsburg, Mo.-Letter from Prof. J. W. McGarvey, Kentucky University.-Letter from Z. F. Smith, Louisville [book page] 219