Wednesday, 15 November, 1865

Had a snack of stewed cheese and loaf bread, and Hardie started with the intention of going to Mrs. Hill’s to accompany Hal to the meeting tonight at the C. H. Zac and Pigeo went up in the buggy and Nan on horseback, and I sat up right late waiting for them, but retired before they came. Hardie rode with Nan back. They got in about eleven, very much pleased indeed with Dr. Hobson or Hopsen, I don’t know which.1Although Caroline is initially unsure of the spelling of the preacher’s name, it is Hopson, Dr. Winthrop Hartly Hopson. As he and members of his family will recur throughout this volume, I will henceforth rendered this surname Hopson consistently throughout this blog, notwithstanding how it appears by Caroline’s hand or the transcription. Notice below that even the redoubtable John B. Jones gets it wrong. He will preach at Jerusalem tomorrow and at the C. H. again at night. If I am well enough, I am anxious to go.2From A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary at the Confederate States Capital, by John Beauchamp Jones, 22 October, 1863. “Last night I went to hear Rev. Dr. Hobson, Reformed Baptist, or Campbellite, preach. He is certainly an orator (from Kentucky) and a man of great energy and fertility of mind. There is a revival in his congregation too, as well as among the Methodists, but he was very severe in his condemnation of the emotional or sensational practices of the latter. He said, what was never before known by me, that the word pardon is not in the New Testament, but remission was. His point against the Methodists was their fallacy of believing that conversion was sudden and miraculous, and accompanied by a happy feeling. Happy feeling, he said, would naturally follow a consciousness of remission of sins, but was no evidence of conversion, for it might be produced by other things. It was the efficacy of the Word, of the promise of God, which obliterated the sins of all who believed, repented, and were baptized. He had no spasmodic extravagances over his converts; but, simply taking them by the hand, asked if they believed, repented, and would be baptized. If the answers were in the affirmative, they resumed their seats, and were soon after immersed in a pool made for the purpose in the church.”