Theodore Pavlovic - Life, Work, and Legacy: The Complete Story of the Serbian Intellectual

In the depths of Serbian history, Theodore Pavlovic stands as a pillar of intellectual richness and national dedication. His life, intertwined with the strength of character and deep love for his people, tells a story of relentless effort and commitment that guided him through all challenges and obstacles. Born at a time when the Serbian people were seeking their identity, Pavlovic emerged as a prominent member of society, recognized for his exceptional talent and leadership abilities.

Remembrance of Teodor Pavlović: His Contributions and Role in Matica Srpska

David Davidović, the secretary of Matica Srpska, in his speech (eulogy) at the main session of Matica on October 24, 1854, among other things, said about Pavlović:
"At the renowned Vitković’s, Pavlović gained significant attention from prominent Serbs, particularly Sava Tekelija, who valued him so much that he took him as his secretary in every important matter and considered him his advisor until the end of his life."

"He became a member of Matica Srpska in 1832, but Matica noticed him as early as 1829 when he published his translation of 'Wieland's Sympathies' and again in 1832 when he published another work 'On Human Relations,' a translation from German by Baron Adolf Knigge, thus joining the ranks of Serbian writers. Matica elected him as the editor of the Chronicle, and soon as the secretary of Matica, where his particular merit was that, through a lawsuit with higher authorities, he managed to secure the approval for Matica Srpska's operations. From June 1, 1835, he began publishing 'Serbian National Paper,' and from June 1, 1837, he started publishing a political paper called 'Serbian National News.' So, when we consider that from 1832 to 1841 he also edited the Chronicle and issued 27 numbers during that time, how could we not, brothers, admire his tireless work energy for the glory and good of his people, all while remaining faithful to his foundational principle:
'My darkest thought is the killed nationality
That the name, language, and virtue of faith
Bequeath to you, Serbian brother: this sacred triad
It is the source of your honor, glory, and happiness.'
'And indeed, Pavlović could rightly say this about himself, because wherever we read anything written by him, we encounter his fervent and devout patriotism. In the sessions of Matica Srpska, Pavlović was a protector of the general good of his people, and as such, a friend of unity and solidarity without which there is no success, - he often emphasized that even if our thoughts do not agree, for the sake of mutual love of the people, we should be committed to unity.'
'For the lasting praise of Teodor Pavlović, it serves that his name is signed in the testament of S. Tekelija and in the Naki Foundation, and whoever is informed about all this must acknowledge that Pavlović, through his efforts and kindness, did a lot and was a great participant in it.'"

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