Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
beautiful City--Agricultural Fair--intense political excitement — Baptist State Convention, &c., &c.
Goldsboro', N. C., Nov. 2, 1860.
We have rarely ever seen a more beautiful town than this, which has been built up within a few years, and now has some 3,000 inhabitants.
Being the junction of three railroads, and also about the centre of the State
, Conventions are frequently held here.
Last week the city was crowded to its utmost capacity by the multitudes who attended the Agricultural Fair, which was a large and successful exhibition.
On Monday next there is to be a large political gathering here to discuss the political condition of the country.
The excitement in regard to the election is now painfully intense.
There seems to be a large class here who are not a whit behind the fire-eaters of South Carolina
For five days the Baptist
State Convention has been in session here, and we have had much able preaching and speaking.
Rev. Jas. McDaniel
was elected Moderator, and Rev. W. T. Brooks
The latter office has for many years been filled by Rev. Mr. Solomon
, who has just left to take a church in your city.
Rev. L. W. Allen
, of Nashville, Tennessee
, spoke in behalf of the Bible Board of the S. B. Convention
Rev. B. F. Marable
, Corresponding Secretary
of the North Carolina
State Convention, spoke in favor of the colportage and missionary operations of this State.
There are ten colporteurs and twenty missionaries in the employ of the Board.
Rev. A. E. Dickinson
represented the Foreign Mission Board of the S. B. Convention
. --Rev. J. S. Walthall
, formerly of your city, and now editor of the Baptist
paper of this State, represented the interests of the Biblical Recorder.
The Baptists of this State have 28 associations, 600 churches, and 70,000 communicants.
They have great wealth and social influence, and are doing much to supply the destitute with the word of life.
The other denominations open not only their churches, but their dwellings, and do all in their power to entertain the delegate.