Contributions-Wait Agent 241
This made it clear that extraordinary measures must be employed if
the remaining six thousand dollars were to be secured before October
15 of that year. Accordingly, the Trustees appointed two general
agents, Rev. Samuel Wait and Rev. Elias Dodson, to serve each a full
year, and three special agents, Rev. Messrs. R. McNabb, J. J. Finch,
and Q. H. Trotman, to serve until the meeting of the Convention in
Raleigh. Wait was to labor in the Raleigh and Beulah Associations
and other convenient places; Dodson in the Liberty Association and in
the western portion of the State generally; McNabb in the Cape Fear
and Goshen Associations; Finch in the Sandy Creek and Pee Dee;
Trotman in the Tar River and Chowan Associations and in other
eastern sections; Rev. A. J. Battle was to supply for any agent who
might find it impossible to do the work.
"It is hoped and expected," said N. J. Palmer, chairman of the
Committee on Agencies, "that our brethren and friends of the Baptist
denomination, and of the College generally, will avail themselves of
the opportunity to contribute, as they may feel themselves able, to
relieve the College from debt, in order that it may be permanently
established, and its benefits and blessings more
extended."19
At this
Commencement, the ladies of Wake Forest held a fair for the benefit
of the College, and an Education Society was formed for the purpose
of supporting the College in raising funds for a professorship. The
leading promoter of this seems to have been N. J. Palmer.
The agents appointed did not delay. Elder McNabb at once went to
work in his section, and he made an appeal and announced his plan of
raising $1,000, which was to ask fifty to subscribe $20 each. He
expected to get more than $350 in Duplin alone and the whole amount
in the Goshen and Cape Fear Associations "without injuring any one."
He had an itinerary from July 24 until September 3, beginning at
Wilmington, and embracing in order Moore's Creek, Lebanon, Well's
Chapel, Lisbon, Red Hill, Rowan, Beulah, Bear Creek in Lenoir,
Union, Brown's Pleasant Union, Salem, Mt. Pleasant, Beaver Dam
and
Fayetteville.20
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19
Ibid.
20
Biblical Recorder, July 27, 1844.
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