The Life and Labors of Major W. E. Penn
"The Texas Evangelist"
transcribed by John M. Penn
MY BRETHREN and friends have so repeatedly requested me to leave a record of my life work in a more enduring form than the notices of the papers and the fading tablets of memory, and these requests have been so urgent, I have undertaken to yield to their solicitation.
The work was begun several times, but because it seemed a hard and arduous task was given up, I promising myself that at "some more convenient season" I would attend to it.
Having kept no journal, I found that many of the incidents of interest were growing less vivid in my mind, and fearing they might become entirely obliterated, I was spurred on to complete my task. I have necessarily left out nearly all of my work for the last few years.
If anything said in this book shall be of comfort or help to the children of our Master; or should be used by the Holy Spirit to awaken poor dead sinners to a realization of their awful condition, and cause them to hear His voice and live. I shall be more than repaid for my toil.
I hope that no one will do me the injustice to think that in writing this book I have sought to exalt myself; nothing could be further from my heart's desire. I humbly realize that if any good has been accomplished through my life it is all of God's grace; He is the giver of all good: I know I shall bless and praise Him throughout eternity for the wonderful way in which He magnified His name through the work He did in and through me, who am one of the weakest of His servants. To Him be all the glory now and evermore. Amen.
W. E. PENN.
William Evander Penn, (1832-1895) Baptist evangelist, was born to George Douglas and Telitha (Patterson) Penn in Rutherford County, Tennessee, on August 11, 1832. Penn opened his law office in Lexington, Tennessee, about 1852. Penn moved to Texas and continued his law practice but later became a musician and Baptist evangelist. He has been called the "Texas Evangelist," but he also led revivals in other states and in Scotland and England. The Penns moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, about 1887. Penn's health began to decline in 1892. He wrote the autobiographical part of The Life and Labors of Major W. E. Penn in 1892, but the book was not published until 1896, after his death. He died at his home on April 29, 1895, and was buried in Eureka Springs Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
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Table of Contents
|CHAPTER I||Boyhood Exploits||19|
|CHAPTER II||Conversion and Baptism||33|
|CHAPTER III||Penn, the Lawyer||40|
|CHAPTER IV||Penn, the Politician||50|
|CHAPTER V||Fetters Broken||58|
|CHAPTER VI||Setting Up a Home and Business Again||67|
|CHAPTER VII||Toil, Sunshine and Shadow||74|
|CHAPTER VIII||Pressed Into the Work||81|
|CHAPTER IX||Work at Bryan and Nava Bota||99|
|CHAPTER X||Meetings at Waco and Vicinity||107|
|CHAPTER XI||Work at Paris, Dallas and Galveston||112|
|CHAPTER XII||God's Vindication of His Servant||120|
|CHAPTER XIII||Marshall, Mineola and Back to Tyler||126|
|CHAPTER XIV||Rest, Conflict and Victory||134|
|CHAPTER XV||Facing Eastward||140|
|CHAPTER XVI||Farther East||148|
|CHAPTER XVII||A Visit to My Childhood Home||154|
|CHAPTER XVIII||Work in Larger Cities||160|
|CHAPTER XIX||Joy and Sadness||169|
|CHAPTER XX||Longer Cords and Stronger Stalres||175|
|CHAPTER XXI||A Title Obtained and Earthly Treasures Lost||179|
|CHAPTER XXII||A Home in Palestine and a Visit to California||182|
|CHAPTER XXIII||A Voyage to the Old World||189|
|CHAPTER XXIV||England, Ho! and Home Again||205|
|CHAPTER XXV||At Work Again||217|
|CHAPTER XXVl||Work Completed-Warfare Ended||228|
|CHAPTER XXVII||The Last Sad Rites||234|
|CHAPTER XXVIII||Reminiscences by G. W. Baines||245|
|CHAPTER XXIX||Reminiscences by F. Keifer||266|
|CHAPTER XXX||Reminiscences of the Tuscaloosa Meeting||271|
|CHAPTER XXXI||Tribute of Esteem by Eld. M. Slaughter||288|
|Tribute of Esteem by R. C. Blirleson, D.D.||289|
|Tribute of Esteem by Eld. E. B. Miller||292|
|Tribute of Esteem by Ida L. Gresham||295|
|Tribute of Esteem by Eld. W. D. Beverley||295|
|Tribute of Esteem from Toledo, Ohio||296|
|Tribute of Esteem from Leavenworth, Kansas||297|
|Tribute of Esteem by Eld. W. J. Holtzclaw||299|
|Tribnte of Esteem by V, C. Hart||299|
|Tribute of Esteem by Eld. S. A. Hayden||304|
|CHAPTER XXXll||Interesting Incidents||307|
|CHAPTER XXXIII||Home Life||316|
|CHAPTER XXXIV||Clippings from Mrs. Penn's Journal||323|
|CHAPTER XXXV||Outline of Sermons on the Divinity of Christ||332|