Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Review of Oration on the Life and Character of the Rev. J. Caldwell,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. VIII: Literary Criticism - part 01 (1902), pp. 102-103


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ORATION ON THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF THE REV. JOSEPH CALDWELL, D.D. LATE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, BY WALTER ANDERSON, A. M.

[Southern Literary Messenger, December, 1835.]

IT was only within the last few days that we met with the above oration, in a pamphlet form — and we cannot refrain from expressing the very great pleasure its perusal has afforded us. Dr. Caldwell was unquestionably a great and good man — and certain are we that the task of paying tribute to his manifold qualifications and virtues, now that he is gone, could not have been committed to abler hands, than those of Professor Anderson. The tone of feeling pervading the oration is quite characteristic of its author — ardent — affectionate — consistent. [page 103:]

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Mr. Anderson shortly after this, goes into a very interesting sketch of the family history of the deceased, portraying with great tenderness and delicacy, the maternal solicitude to which young Caldwell was so deeply indebted for his well doing in after life — and evincing as we humbly conceive, in this part of his oration, fine powers as a biographical writer. There is much force in his development of the Doctor’s character throughout, but especial beauty, we think, in the way in which he treats of his religious principles. One extract more from the pamphlet, in proof of what we have just said, must close this hasty and imperfect notice of it.

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