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A PIONEER MINISTER

BY REV. SUPPLY CHASE
APRIL 21, 1873

It was from such families, where the principle of equal rights for all had been practically exemplified, came the men who were ready, if need be, to fight and die for the right, and whose life-blood has reddened nearly every battle-field of the south. The generation that were then engaged in "lifting up the ax against the thick trees, " has mostly passed away. A few yet remain. Occasionally I meet one, and always comes the same friendly, whole-souled greeting as in the former days. But they have left their monument behind them; not only in our institutions as a State, but in the broad fields, the beautiful homes, the growing cities, and material wealth accumulating on every side.
THE PIONEER CLERGYMEN.
The compensation of the clergyman, at that time was very meagre. From one to three hundred dollars was the extent. On this he was expected to live and provide for his family, if he had one. The writer was commissioned to preach the gospel for one year, at a salary of one hundred dollars, from the American Baptist Home Mission Society, with the proviso that an equal amount should, be raised by the people to whom he preached. At his request fifty dollars was added to pay the expenses of moving. The amount received from the people, was mostly paid in produce, or "dicker, " as then called; some wheat, corn, oats for horse, potatoes, butter, pieces of pork at killing time, etc., etc. Of money there was very little in circulation, and letters often remained for weeks in the postoffice, for the want of twenty-five cents to pay postage.

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