224 History of Wake Forest College
other way about-the wealthy planters of the South were canvassed
for contributions for such institutions as Columbian College in
Washington, and indeed it was a journey to the South for that
purpose that brought Samuel Wait first to North Carolina. It was to
the Baptists and other friends of the College in our own State that
the Trustees made appeal, almost constant appeal, in the years 1839-
60, for the funds they needed to pay the debt and to maintain and
endow the College.
The Trustees had reason to hope that this appeal to the friends of
the Institution would be effective. Individual Baptists had already
made gifts which for that day were considered munificent, some for
$500, some for smaller amounts, while two of their own number had
at an expense of $3,000 each built a brick house as home for the
teachers of the Institution. Again, the campaign of John Armstrong
for money to erect the College Building was surprisingly successful;
in four months in 1834 he secured subscriptions to the amount of
$13,500, and before February 1, 1835, had made the amount $17,000,
which was increased by his successor, W. H. Jordan, to $21,000 of
which as much as $13,500 was collected. Encouraged by the
recollection of these things the Trustees turned with confidence to the
Baptists of the State for the needed funds. Their first objective was to
pay the debt, but when after a few years they saw realization of this
hope in prospect they enlarged their plans, and began to ask for
endowment, first, of separate professorships; then, when this was not
successful, the appeal was for endowed scholarships; and finally,
when the scholarships proved of doubtful value, they asked for unen-
cumbered endowment. Thus the campaign among the friends of the
institutions, beginning in 1839, was continued with growing intensity
and effectiveness till the eve of the Civil War. Before its close it
would seem that not only every Baptist Association and every church
but almost every individual Baptist and many who were not Baptists
must have heard of Wake Forest College, its needs and the promise of
its future, if its debts were paid and it was sufficiently equipped and
In pursuance of the plan mentioned above, the Trustees at their
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