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The reputation won to Eev. Gordon by this effort
was of no mean nature. On Jan. 18th, 1887, by
special request, he delivered a lecture in the city of
New York, at the Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Here his effort was so highly appreciated that at a
reception given him by the ladies and gentlemen of
New York, a Literary Club was formed in honor of
him and entitled the '' Gordon Club.'' We would be
glad to give extracts from this speech, but space
will not admit. On the event of Eev Gordon's
marriage the " Gordon Club " presented him with a
handsome gold watch with his name carved thereon,
of the value of one hundred dollars.
The Baccalaureate sermon before the Graduating
Class of 1887, of the Virginia, Normal and Collegiate
Institute, was by special invitation delivered by him
on the 29th of May. On this occasion he bore him¬
self with dignity, was greeted by an immense audi¬
ence and his effort proved worthy of the occasion.
The crowd was overwhelming; there was scarcely
standing room. It was the largest assemblage that
had ever gathered at that place. The sermon de¬
livered on that occasion will be found on page 303.
These are only a few of the many places to which
he has been invited. He is frequently on the go, to
and fro over the country, to serve his race in preach¬
ing and lecturing. Aside from this his oratorical
ability cannot be more plainly seen than in his
Thursday night audiences at home, in the lecturing
hall of his church, where he lectures weekly to
fifteen hundred or two thousand persons on important
subjects relating to the social, moral and religious
welfare of his people.