106 History of Wake Forest College
As interpretative of this manifestation of devotion to the Institute by
the Board and of its other wise and progressive measures at this
meeting, the following words of Thomas Meredith must have been
very encouraging to the friends of the institution:
Heretofore we dreaded a failure in this school because we thought the Board
wanted the enterprise and intrepidity adequate to the occasion. But we think they
have now taken a position worthy of themselves, of the cause, of the denomination.
We are confident of a vigorous and, with the blessing of God, of a successful effort.
Let Baptists and the friends of Baptists put forth their strength together; let the voice
of the caviler, of the fault-finding, of the prognosticator of evil, cease to be heard;
let the cold, the callous, the indifferent, the jealous, the suspicious keep out of the
way; let the prayers of the pious, the substance of the rich, the influence of the
enlightened, and the sons of all be liberally contributed; and beyond a doubt, the
object will be easily and completely attained-an object which can not fail to prove a
blessing to the denomination, the State, and to posterity.
Rev. John Armstrong, the New Bern pastor, a member of the Board,
and also engaged to begin work as a professor of the Institute at the
beginning of the next session, was appointed to present the needs of
the Institute to the people of the State and to solicit funds for the
erection of the
building.13
Although he waited a few weeks to begin
this
work,14
he was from the first more successful in obtaining
subscriptions than could have been anticipated,"15 and after working
only four months, in which, as the pages of the Interpreter reveal, he
was busy with other matters of much importance, and after traveling
in only four or five counties in the interest of the
agency,16
he had
secured when the Board met at Cashie in November, 1834, more than
$10,000 in addition to what had been previously subscribed, in all
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13 Proceedings, May 5, 1834.
14 Interpreter, II, 142. 15 Ibid., II, 206.
16 Baptist Interpreter, II, 269; II, 238, says he visited the Country Line
Association in Caswell County in August, 1834, and was purposing to visit
Chatham, Moore and Richmond before the Convention. He also secured a con-
siderable amount in Johnston County. Letter of David Thompson to Wait, March
14, 1837, speaking of $200 for Armstrong."
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