February 1, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page, 3d column)
Rev. W.P. Blake, of Weldon, N.C., has been appointed by the Home Mission Board, of Atlanta, Ga., the successor of Dr. H.F. Buckner as a missionary to the Indians. Several years ago brother Blake came to us from a distant State, and has proved himself an earnest laborer, a good preacher, and a most consecrated servant of the Lord. Possessing these qualifications, as he does in a rare degree, possibly no worthier brother could have been secured to take the place occupied so long by the lamented Buckner. For some time brother Blake has expressed a desire to engage in missionary work of this kind, little dreaming that he would so soon be called upon to succeed one so good and great as his predecessor. We yield to this call as we would to no other. The Tar River Association can ill afford to do without the devoted pastor of the Weldon church but this seems to be a voice to which none should object.