Agency of Thompson, McNabb, and Jordan 245
William Jones and Robert McNabb were continued in employment
and reported at the meeting of the Board in June, 1845. At the
meeting in November, 1845, all were urged to "use the utmost dilii-
gence to obtain funds." The Treasurer was asked to pay any funds
collected to Captain Berry. Whether McNabb and Jones continued
their work without intermission is left in doubt by the records. It is
certain, however, that neither of them went to South Carolina
immediately. Possibly the sending of an agent of the College to that
State was delayed until the Trustees were certain that the way was
clear. But it seems that there should have been no doubt; the
proposition of common support of the College and the Furman
Institution had come from the South Carolina Baptists and had been
welcomed by the North Carolina Convention. And yet a writer in the
Biblical Recorder of November 9, 1844, speaks of the union as only
probable, though he says that he trusts in God "that the day is not far
distant when Wake Forest College will be considered the Baptist
College of the Carolinas; when the sons of South Carolina Baptists
within her walls will be counted by the scores." And he goes on to say
that the Baptists of South Carolina have no such institution and will
not have, and that the North Carolina brethren have sent and will
continue to send their young ministers to the Furman Institution for
their seminary work, and that they of South Carolina, rejecting the
overtures of Mercer University, look upon the North Carolina Baptists
as their natural allies in the important work of education.2
2 It is not improbable that the South Carolina Baptists were brought to see the
need of alliance with their North Carolina brethren by the competition of the
Georgia Baptists who were undertaking to maintain in Mercer University both a
college and a theological seminary. With some bitterness the writer quoted in the
text says: "Of such union between Georgia and any other State there is no hope. The
Convention of South Carolina met (by a delegation) the Convention of Georgia to
confer upon the subject. The proposition to do so came from Georgia; but when our
brethren entered upon the matter it was ascertained that the funds for Theological
Education in Georgia were so tied to a particular location that no other State could
make common cause with her, but by breaking up its own establishment and
appending it to Mercer. This could not, with any propriety, be done by us."
The editor of the Alabama Baptist went further than the South Carolina Baptist
quoted above. He takes the editor of the Christian Index to task for speaking
disparagingly of Furman Theological Institution, which Meredith had
Previous Page Next Page