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at the meeting in June, 1844, and the same number at the meeting in
Raleigh in October of that year, and only a bare quorum at the
Commencement of
This lack of interest was further manifested by a resignation from
the Board of such men as Meredith, who in June, 1841, resigned both
the presidency of the Board and his position as Trustee, and William
Crenshaw, and Foster Fort. Many members, notably those from the
Chowan section and the southeastern counties, were not attending the
meetings; for several years even that great friend of the institution,
Charles W. Skinner, attended no meeting of the Board. To fill the
vacancies the Trustees year after year elected new members; in 1841
ten, and in 1844 nineteen. Most of these refused the place, but among
those who did accept were some like J. J. Finch, N. J. Palmer, G. W.
Purefoy, John Kerr, Calvin Graves, and J. J. James, who afterwards
were to be among the ablest, most faithful and most progressive
Doubtless one cause of this defection was the dissatisfaction among
many of the friends of the College over the loss of Armstrong. A
more serious objection was the fact that the entire faculty with the
exception of tutors were Northern men, the bearing of which on the
College I shall speak more particularly in a subsequent chapter. Here
it is sufficient to say that there was much reluctance among many of
the ablest men and most prosperous Baptists of the State to have their
sons taught by men from the North, and to contribute to the needs of
the College so long as they were on the
Proceedings, June 16, 1840; January 2, 1841; October 15, 1841.
The degree of the irritation and resentment aroused among the Baptists of the
South by the disposition of Abolition Baptists of the North to sever communion
with them may be seen in a series of resolutions passed by the Baptist
State Convention of North Carolina in October, 1840, as follows:
"Committee to draft resolutions expressive of the views and feelings of the
Convention concerning the movements of the Baptist Abolitionists of the North
reported-resolutions were adopted and ordered to be placed in these Minutes.
"Resolved, That in the opinion of the members of this Convention, the movement
of northern abolitionists are uncalled for in themselves, and schismatical and
mischievous in their tendency.
"Resolved, That we regret the position recently taken by certain abolitionists
connected with the Baptist church, in announcing a sentiment of non-fellowship
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