By Joseph Dawson
An intensely own and intimate autobiographical portrait of the Baptist minister and journalist.
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L. Dobbs, a landholder, was a Baptist. I remember him as a sunburnt, red-bearded man. His wife, Lizzie; his maiden daughter, Miss Penny; and his vigorous sons, Charley and Jim, were members of the church. The four of them invited us to attend at Auburn, five or six miles across Upper Chamber's Creek, where Grandfather Underwood's family worshipped. How good it would be to meet our loved ones there! The pastor, Dr. D. I. Smythe of Grandview, was a scholarly preacher and influential in his denomination.
Bromley Oxnam, John A. Mackay, Charles Clayton Morrison, Edwin McNeill Poteat, and Louie D. Newton, he helped found Protestants and Other Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and served as its first recording secretary. A distinguished lecturer and scholar, Dr. Dawson is the author of Page xi more than a dozen major publications and of countless articles in popular periodicals and scholarly journals. Formerly president of the Texas Institute of Letters, he has subsequently been elected a permanent Fellow of that organization.
I wish I knew how many other boys of that church became ministers. One of Lafe Johnson's sons volunteered as a missionary to Brazil. Another of the old song leader's sons went to Congress as a Representative after they moved to Oklahoma. Still another Auburn boy, G. V. Brindley, rose to recognition as one of Texas' most noted surgeons at Temple. Like other rural parents of young children, Father and Mother guarded our conduct carefully. Against their scruples, Ed and I on one occasion went to a country dance.