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in the two States. Now is the time for action. Our brethren in North
Carolina need our assistance-they ask for it, and shall they ask in
vain? God forbid! Let us come up nobly to their help and the
blessings of heaven will crown our union."
Just how long McNabb labored at the agency in South Carolina is
not recorded. He was at the Commencement in June and reported
along with William Jones, the other agent. Nor is it told what amount
he had secured in South Carolina, but N. J. Palmer, a prominent
member of the Board, in reporting the Commencement for his
said McNabb had obtained "very liberal subscriptions, with a prospect
of more being given." Mr. Palmer stated further that agents would be
continued in both the Carolinas until the College should be relieved
from debt and established on a permanent basis." No permanent
arrangements for agents were made however, until the meeting of the
Trustees in October. In the meantime McNabb continued his work,
but confined it to North Carolina, in Moore and Montgomery and
other counties to the west as far as Boiling
At a meeting of the Board in Raleigh, on October 17, 1845,
following the recommendations of a committee appointed at the June
meeting, G. W. Thompson, of Wake County, was named agent to
work in North Carolina, and J. J. James agent to work in South
A committee was also appointed to name agents and fix
their salaries and appoint them their work. But Mr. James, to use the
language of Mr. G. W. Thompson, "found it absolutely necessary to
The result was that no agent went to South
Carolina, and that rich field was left unworked.
At the June meeting, however, Mr. N. J. Palmer, whose zeal
for the College was intelligent and untiring, was appointed agent to
4 The Milton Chronicle; the article was reprinted in the Biblical Recorder of June
5 See this itinerary in the Biblical Recorder, August 16, 1845.
6 Proceedings, pp. 64-65. Mr. James was on the committee to recommend agents;
in view of his refusal to accept the place it is hard to understand why he should have
consented that his name be given to the Trustees.
7 Biblical Recorder, May 9, 1846.