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ized work. From 1834 to 1841, inclusive, he was President of the
Baptist State Convention. He was unanimously elected again in 1848.
As is evident from his correspondence published in the Interpreter
and the Biblical Recorder he kept open house and often entertained
his brethren of high or humble degree at his Pee Dee home. Wake
Forest was the darling of his heart and he was a constant attendant at
the meetings of the Board
Another friend of Wake Forest, both as Institute and College, was
Charles W. Skinner of Edenton. At the first meeting of the Board he
presented the school with a bell, and subscribed five hundred dollars
to the building fund. To this he added two hundred dollars at the
meeting of the Chowan Association in May, 1838. All this was only
the precursor of his princely gift of five thousand dollars which he
made to the endowment of the College at the Baptist State Convention
in Raleigh in 1856. He was a member of the building committee and
other important committees of the Board and was a constant attendant
at its meetings. He was the builder of the brick house which still
stands in good preservation to the northeast of the campus. He
provided the money for its building with the understanding that he
should receive only the interest on the cost until the Board raised the
money to pay for it. How intelligent and practical was his interest may
be judged from the contents of a long report on the Institute which he
as Chairman of the Committee made to the Chowan Association in
Rev. Amos J. Battle came of the distinguished family of that
name, and was the brother of Judge Wm. H. Battle, the father of Dr.
Kemp P. Battle, long president of the University of North Carolina.
From 1835 to 1838 he served the Board as its traveling
7 There is a comprehensive sketch of the life of General Alfred Dockery in
Wheeler's Memoirs of Eminent North Carolinians, p. 382 f. It closes as follows:
"His benevolence was proverbial. The poor and needy of all races always found in
him a friend. No one really in need of help was ever turned away empty from his
door. His contributions during his lifetime to the churches and to different
institutions of learning aggregate a large sum." He was born Dec. 11, 1797, and died
Dec. 3, 1873. A fuller sketch is that of Paschal, Wake Forest Student, XLVI, 108 ff.
Minutes of Chowan Association, 1838.