For the Advocate, Looking Backward by Rev. E. L. Perkins, M.D.  *
"Fifty years ago (Oct. 9th, 1841), I preached my first sermon, in a new brick church in the town of Milton, in Caswell County, N.C. The church was afterward sold under a mortgage, and went into the hands of the Baptist denomination. My text was Luke IV-18. 'The spirit of the Lord is upon me, etc.'
"Wm. Anderson, who had charge of the Caswell circuit that year, was in the pulpit with me. Since then the changes which have taken place, both in church and state, have been very great.". . . .
"The church too has had its changes. In 1841 there were five bishops serving the undivided church, North and South. . . .
"Numbers who were school boys when I preached my first sermon have entered the Conference, finished their course, and are resting from their labors. Of such I can call to mind Numa F. Reid . . . .
"The N. C. Methodists had no college previous to 1841. The Greensboro Female College [now Greensboro College] was beginning to be talked about, and James Reid and S. S. Bryant were putting forth their energies to work up a sentiment in favor of the movement.
"Trinity College [now Duke University] was unknown; I think a log school house occupied the ground where Trinity was afterward built. All that has been done by the Conference in the way of college building has been done since the time of which I write."
Raleigh Christian Advocate (Raleigh, NC), 7 October 1891.
* Dr. Edgar Laurens Perkins, M.D. (1818-1895).
Photograph of the Milton Baptist Church [Meeting House] is not associated with the newspaper article.