The papers of Dr. Palmer are in at least
three locations, as per Robert Benedetto's Guide
to the Manuscript Collections of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.
(New York: Greenwood Press, 1990)
1. The Presbyterian Historical Foundation, Montreat, NC -
.75 cu. ft., with portions on 3 rolls of microfilm, including printed
sermons, sermon notes, course outlines, a diary from 1857 describing
New Orleans, lecture notebooks for a course on the life of Christ,
letters to Thomas McCall Lowry(1855-1927), eulogies on Palmer's
death, and an album containing 46 carte de viste photographs of
various PCUS pastors and theologians.
2. Louisiana State University, within its holdings for the
Hennen-Jennings families, has a letter and printed speeches and
sermons by Palmer.
3. Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX,
preserves there a single folder with a sermon by Palmer. The text
or title of the sermon is not provided in Benedetto's Guide.
Searching the National
Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections produces another two
4. Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, has correspondence
from Palmer as a portion of its collection of the papers of Thomas
Cary Johnson [1859-1936].
5. Utah State University Special Collections, (Logan, Utah,
84322) holds a microfilm copy (Control No.: UTSW89-A1194) of a lecture
on Mormonism delivered by Palmer before the Mercantile Library Association
of Charleston, S.C. on January 26, 1853. The lecture was originally
published by I.C. Morgan of Columbia, SC in 1853 and was 34 pages
A Bibliography of the Works of
Benjamin Morgan Palmer:
Articles in the Southern Presbyterian Review-
A Plea for Doctrine as the Instrument of Sanctification,
3.1 (July 1849) 32-53.
A Vindication of Secession and the South, 14.1 (April 1861) 134-177.
An Inquiry into the Doctrine of Imputed Sin, 1.4 (March 1848) 97-128.
Baconianism and the Bible, 6.2 (October 1852) 226-253.
Christianity Vindicated from the Charge of Fanaticism, 4.2 (October
Church and State, 3.2 (October 1849) 210-233 and 3.4 (April 1850)
Fraternal Relations, 34.2 (April 1883) 306-330.
Import of Hebrew History, 9.4 (April 1856) 582-610.
Lay Evangelism and the Young Men's Christian Associations, 29.2
(April 1878) 354-377.
Life, Character, and Genius of the Late Rev. James H. Thornwell,
D.D., LL.D., 15.2 (October 1862) 255-309.
Mormonism, 6.4 (April 1853) 559-590.
The Art of Conversation, 14.4 (January 1862) 550-569.
The Claims of the English Language, 6.3 (January 1853) 301-331.
The General Assembly of 1859, 12.3 (October 1859) 513-604.
The Intellectual and Moral Character of the Jews: Review of Narrative
of a Mission of Inquiry to the Jews, 1.2 (Dec. 1847) 30-55.
The Relation Between the Work of Christ
and the Condition of the Angelic World, 1.1 (June 1847) 34-63.
The Sensualistic Philosophy of the Nineteenth Century Considered,
27.3 (July 1876) 486-511.
The Tribunal of History, 23.2 (April 1872) 245-262.
Articles appearing in The Presbyterian Quarterly-
Inter-Professional Responsibilities, 4.2 (April
The Ancient Hebrew Polity, 12.2 (April 1898) 153-169.
The Ground of Certitude in Religious Belief, 1.1 (July 1887) 87-106.
The Majesty of Law, 2.1 (April 1888) 28-39.
1. Address of the Rev. B. M. Palmer,
D. D., at the Commencement Exercises of the Medical Department of
the University of Louisiana, New Orleans, March 17, 1881. New
2. The Broken Home, or, Lessons in Sorrow. New Orleans: E.S.
3. Christianity and law : or The claims of religion upon the legal profession. A discourse upon the occasion of the death of the late Alfred Hennen, the Patriarch of the New Orleans Bar, delivered in the First Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, February 27th, 1870
(New Orleans : T.H. Thomason, Book and Job Printer, 1870), 31 p. ; 21 cm. [Reprinted, (Richmond: Presbyterian Committee of Publication,
4. A Discourse Upon Female Excellence, Delivered Before the
Fayette Female Academy, at Its First Commencement, July 28, 1859.
(New Orleans: True Witness Book and Job Printing Office, 1859).
5. The Life and Letters of James H. Thornwell. Richmond,
6. The Family in its Civil and Churchly Aspects. (Richmond:
Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1876).
7. Formation of Character. (New Orleans: Religious Book Depository,
8. In Memory of Professor T.G. Richardson, M.D.. New Orleans:
Published by the Faculty of the Medical Department of Tulane University
of Louisiana. 1893.
9. The Life and Letters of James Henley
Thornwell. (Richmond: Whittet & Shepperson, 1875).
10. Memorial Service in Honor of William Preston Johnston, LL.D.,
First President of Tulane University, 1884 - 1899.. New Orleans?
11. National Responsibility Before God; A Discourse, Delivered
on the Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, Appointed by the
President of the Confederate States of America, June 13, 1861. (New
Orleans: Price-Current, 1861). Text: 2 Chronicles 6:34-35. Reprinted in "God Ordained This War": Sermons on the Sectional Crisis, 1830-1865 (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1991), pages 201-220.
12. Never Too Late. (Richmond: Committee of Publication,
13. The Oath of Allegiance to the United States . 1863?
14. The South: Her Peril, and Her Duty: A Discourse Delivered
in the First Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, on Thursday, November
29, 1860. (New Orleans: Trace Witness and Sentinel, 1860).
15. Thanksgiving Sermon, Delivered at the First Presbyterian
Church, New Orleans, on Thursday, December 29, 1860. (New York:
G.F. Hesbit & Co., Printers, 1860).
16. Theology of Prayer, As Viewed in the Religion of Nature and
in the System of Grace. (Richmond: Presbyterian Committee of
17. The Threefold Fellowship and the Threefold Assurance.
(Richmond: Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1902).
18. The Tribunal of History: A Lecture Delivered Before the
Historical Society of New Orleans, February 16, 1872.. (Columbia,
SC: Presbyterian Publishing House, 1872).
19. A Vindication of Secession and the Sputh from the Strictures
of Rev. R.J. Boecher Ridge... in the Danville Quarterly. (Columbia,
SC: Southern Guardian Steam Power Press, 1861).
20. Weekly Publication Containing Sermons. (New Orleans:
Clark & Hofeline, 1876).
21. Opening Address at the Semi-Centennial of Columbia Seminary,
in Memorial Volume of the Semi-Centennial of the Theological
Seminary at Columbia, South Carolina, (Columbia, SC: Presbyterian
Publishing House, 1884), pages 3-8.
22. The Grandeur of Faith, in The Reformed Presbyterian Advocate,
Volume 15, Number 9 (October 1881), pages 289-295. [Reprinted from The Homiletic Monthly, volume and number not specified.]
23. Biographical Sketch of Rev. William L. Hughes, in Memorial
Volume of the Semi-Centennial of the Theological Seminary at Columbia,
South Carolina, (Columbia, SC: Printed at the Presbyterian Publishing
House, 1884), pp. 294-295. [HC]
24. "The Church a Spiritual Kingdom," in Memorial Addresses delivered before the General Assembly of 1886, on Occasion of the Quarter-Centennial of the Organization of the Southern Assembly, in 1886 (Richmond, VA: Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1886), pp. 43-63.
25. "Dedication of the First Presbyterian Church, Savannah, GA" (Savannah [GA] : Geo. N. Nichols' Steam Power Presses, 1872). The sermon was delivered on 9 June 1872 at the dedication of the church building on Monterey Square. A copy of the sermon is on file at the church, as well as at the Georgia Historical Society, the University of Georgia, Tulane University, Princeton Theological Seminary, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Texas at Austin.
26. A discourse commemorative of the life, character, and genius of
the late Rev. J.H. Thornwell, D.D., LL.D., professor of didactic
and polemic theology in the Theological Seminary at Columbia, S.C.
S.C. : Southern Guardian Steam-Power Press, 1862), 57pp.; 22 cm.
Articles on the life and ministry of Benjamin M. Palmer:
DesChamps, Margaret Burr, "Benjamin Morgan Palmer, Orator-Preacher
of the Confederacy, Southern Speech Journal, 19.1 (1953)
Eubank, Wayne C., "Benjamin Morgan Palmer's Lottery Speech, New
Orleans, 1891," Southern Speech Journal, 24.1 (1958) 2-15.
Eubank, Wayne C., "Palmer's Century Sermon, New Orleans, January
1, 1901, Southern Speech Journal, 35.1 (1969) 16-27.
Eubank, Wayne C. and Dalls C. Dickey, "Benjamin Morgan Palmer, Southern
Divine," Quarterly Journal of Speech, 30.4 (1944) 422-428.
Mallard, R.Q., "Personal Reminiscences of Rev. Benjamin Morgan Palmer,
D.D., LL.D., Union Seminary Magazine, 14.2 (1903) 1110-119.
Monroe, Haskell, "Bishop Palmer's Thanksgiving Day Address," Louisiana
History, 4.1 (1963) 105-118.
Nall, J.H., "Benjamin Morgan Palmer, D.D., LL.D.," Presbyterian
Quarterly, 16.1 [#59] (1902) 77-91.
Reilly, Timothy F., "Benjamin M. Palmer: Secessionist Become Nationalist,"
Louisiana History, 18.3 (1977) 287-301.
Smith, Samuel M., "Dr. B.M. Palmer: An Appreciation," Union Seminary
Magazine, 19.2 (1908) 132-135.
See also the brief biographical sketch in
Myers, Robert Manson, The Children of Pride (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1972), page 1639.
Works published by Benjamin Morgan Palmer, the elder [1781-1847], uncle of B.M. Palmer [1818-1902]--
Believer's baptism, no argument against infant baptism a sermon delivered in the Independent Church, Beaufort (S.C.), (Charleston (S.C.) : Printed by J. Hoff, 1809), 14 p.
Infant baptism, a Gospel ordinance considered in two discourses on 1 Cor. VII ... delivered in the Independent Church, Beaufort (S.C.), (Charleston (S.C.) : Printed by J. Hoff, 1809), 14, 20, 8 p.
Gratitude and penitence, recommended from the united conisderation [i.e. consideration] of national mercies and judgments a sermon, delivered in the independent or Congregational Church, Charleston, South-Carolina, October 5, 1814 (Charleston [S.C.] : Printed by W.P. Young, 1814), 28 p. ; 19 cm.
The dejected Christian encouraged two discourses preached in the independent or Congregational church, Charleston, S.C., (Charleston, S.C. : Printed by J. Hoff, 1816), 21 p.
[The] signs of the times discerned and improved in two sermons delivered in the independent or Congregational church, Charleston, S.C. (Charleston, S.C. : Printed by J. Hoff, 1816), [12, 8] p.
A sermon delivered at the anniversary of the Sabbath School Association (Charleston, S.C.: Printed for the Association by J. Hoff, 1819), 18, 14pp.
Floyd, Loami, and Benjamin M. Palmer, Ministerial ordination a sermon preached in the circular church, Charleston, December 17, 1819, at the ordination of the Rev. Jonas King and the Rev. Alfred Wright (Charleston [S.C.] : Printed by T.B. Stephens, 1819), 20 p. [“to which is added the charge delivered on that occasion by Benjamin M. Palmer.”]
Importance of the ministerial office; a sermon preached in the Independent or Congregational Church of Charleston, S.C., January 3, 1821, at the ordination of the Rev. Messrs. Reynolds Bascom, Joseph Brown, Charles B. Storrs, Epaphras Goodman, and Elipha White; as evangelists (Charleston, Printed by T.B. Stephens, 1820), 30 p. 24 cm. [“To which is added a charge to the ministers ordained, by the Rev. Loami Floyd.”]
The harvest great; the laborers few. A sermon, preached in the Circular Church, Charleston, on sabbath evening, February 11, 1821, in aid of the funds of the South Carolina Auxiliary Education Society. ...[Gould and Riley, printers ... Charleston.] [S.C.] 1821), ,2-12 p. 18 cm.
Religion profitable: with a special reference to the case of servants. A sermon preached on September 22, 1822, in the Circular Church, Charleston, S.C. (Charleston, S.C., J.R. Schenck, 1822), 21 p. 21 cm.
Good men the protection and ornament of a community. A sermon, delivered in the Independent or Congregational Church, in Charleston, S.C. February 19, 1826, on the occasion of the death of Josiah Smith, Esq. eldest deacon of the church. ... (Charleston, S.C. Printed by W. Riley ... 1826), [iii], iv-vi, ,8-24 p. 21 cm.
A plain and easy catechism, designed chiefly for the benefit of coloured persons, to which are annexed suitable prayers and hymns. (Charleston [S.C.] Observer Office Press, 1828), 72 p. 18 cm.
The children of professing believers-- God's children, or, the right of the children of God's people to the initiating seal of the covenant : asserted and maintained, being the substance of a discourse delivered in the Independent, or Congregational Church, Charleston (S.C.) March 22, 1835 (Charleston : Observer Office Press, 1835), 32 p. ; 21 cm.
The family companion; or, Prayers for every morning and evening of the week, and for various special occasions; together with brief remarks on sundry passages of Scripture, with short prayers appropriate to each. (Charleston, Burges and James, printers, 1848), x, 347 p. 20 cm. [“To which have been appended, by request, a few sermons, from the pen of the lamented author.”]