Call Number

BV 4275 .M2 .T4x

Date of Publication


Collection Size

1 bound volume; 64 pages


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections



Historical Note

Rev. James Henley Thornwell (December 9, 1812-August 1, 1862) was a Presbyterian minister and author from South Carolina in the 19th century. Born in Marlboro County, S.C., Thornwell graduated from South Carolina College (now USC) at the age of 19. After briefly attending Harvard, he was ordained in the Presbyterian Church, beginning his ministry at Waxhaw Presbyterian Church. He taught at his alma mater SC College, eventually becoming its president. Later he became a member of the faculty of Columbia Theological Seminary. He wrote extensively on religious subjects. Thornwell staunchly defended biblical orthodoxy, but also sought to harmonize new scientific learning with the faith. His defense of slavery was based on the idea that he could find no explicit condemnation of slavery in Scripture. Thornwell died of tuberculosis in 1862.



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James Henley Thornwell preached this sermon on the occasion of the death of Benjamin R. Maybin, a member of the Freshman Class of South Carolina College on October 9, 1842. In it he encourages the students to eschew the vanity of earthly pursuits and place their hope and faith on the promise of God's eternal blessings. Thornwell based this sermon on the Scripture Job 14: 10.

Additional Notes

Complete Title: The Vanity and Glory of Man: A Sermon, Preached in the Chapel of the South Carolina College, on the 9th of October, 1842, on Occasion of the Death of Benjamin R. Maybin, a Member of the Freshman Class.


Purchased from Schindler's on March 5, 1958 for $3.00


Printed by Samuel Weir at the Southern Chronicle Office


Columbia, S.C.


Christianity, Vanity, Pride, Sermons


Biblical Studies | Christianity | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

The Vanity and Glory of Man