234 History of Wake Forest College
part of his work. In the year he had visited the counties of Duplin,
Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick, New Hanover, Wayne, Johnston,
Cumberland, Greene, Pitt, Edgecombe, Nash, Halifax, Northampton,
Warren, Granville, Person, Caldwell, Orange, Guilford, Chatham,
Randolph, Davidson, Rowan, Mecklenburg, Iredell and Davie. Even
in these counties he had not been able to travel as much as he desired,
and often could do little more than go directly through them. For the
College he had collected $2,664.56; secured new subscriptions to the
amount of $1,966, on which had been paid $247.70. The subscribers
manifested the most friendly spirit to the College, but in consequence
of the great scarcity of money-the financial depression which began a
few years earlier was still in effect-many had been obliged to defer
their payments. He hoped that interest would be maintained and that
the friends of the College would not allow it to suffer by their neglect.
Though Wait was reappointed agent of the Convention for the next
year he served only a few weeks and without compensation. The
understanding was that the Convention should add $225 to the $1,000
paid him by the College as his salary. All in all his work seemed to
have been most acceptable and the Convention made him its Third
Vice President, and appointed him on a committee with Thomas
Meredith and A. J. Battle to designate missionaries and assign them
fields of labor, and also on another committee with the same
membership to "address a circular to the ministers of the
denomination, laying before them the importance of decided and
efficient action in behalf of the Convention, and requesting them to
present its claim to their congregations, and take up collections in
favor of its funds, at least once a year." This circular, prepared in
Meredith's best style appeared in the Biblical Recorder for December
7, 1839; in the same issue appeared also a report of the committee on
the designation of missionaries.
One good result of Wait's agency for the College was to increase
the number of students ; in February, 1840, seventy were registered,
and the fact is dwelt upon with some satisfaction in
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