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munication with the President and Directors of the Fund and had
secured their endorsement of the proposed loan. All the Trustees were
asked to sign the bond to secure the loan; the disposition of the money
to be obtained was provided for-$4,000 to the Bank of North
Carolina; to Mr. Dennis and to Dunn, Brownley and Company the
amounts due, and the balance to Captain Berry. Reuben T. Sanders
was authorized to receive and disburse the money as directed.5
But events proved that the sanguine expectations of the Trustees
had little justification. It was only by a narrow margin that the Senate
voted to grant the loan. This Legislature as well as that of 1833
contained many strong and influential enemies of the College. The
plan of getting the loan approved by the Legislature owed its success
to the labors and influence of General Alfred Dockery, who this year
was a member of the Senate from the district composed of the
counties of Richmond and Robeson. An ardent Whig he had had the
leading part in securing the election of Joyner of Halifax as Speaker
of the Senate, and was able to command respectful consideration of
any bill he favored. Probably to insure its constitutionality the bill for
the loan was first brought before the House of Commons. Here it was
presented by Mr. Mendenhall of Guilford, who had on other occa-
sions showed himself a friend of Wake Forest. Brought before the
House on December 22 it had gone through all its readings within a
week, and was sent to the Senate. Here the final roll was on January 7,
1841. The ayes and noes were called for by Mr. Cooper the Senator
from Martin, a strong opponent of the bill. The roll call revealed the
fact that he had with him the Senators from those districts, mostly in
the eastern part of the State, where Primitive Baptist influence was
strong. Whitaker of Wake and Morehead of Guilford, soon after
elected Governor, also voted against the bill, the total vote in
opposition being 19, the affirmative vote being 23, while seven
Senators did not vote.6
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5 Proceedings, pp. 50, 51, 52.
6 The vote was as follows: Ayes: Albright (Chatham), Boyd (Bertie), Bynum
(Rutherford), Clingman (Buncombe), Dockery (Richmond), Gaither (Burke),
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