Agency of Thompson, McNabb, and Jordan 249
make collections in the northern and western counties of the State,
and it was voted that twelve per cent be paid for making collections.8
Before the October meeting James has made a visit to the moun-
tains, primarly, it seems, as agent of the Convention, but as agent for
the College also he had taken along a list of names given him by
Palmer of those who had made subscriptions to Wait the previous
year and had collected on them the sum of $61.50 in amounts of one
to ten dollars.9
Except for the work done by McNabb the entire burden of the
agency fell on G. W. Thompson. Of it he gives an account in the
Biblical Recorder of May 9, 1846. With all possible dispatch, after his
appointment, he had begun his work, beginning in the county of
Wake. Following a plan suggested by Rev. Elias Dodson we made a
house to house canvass. He had been succeeding beyond his
expectation, when his family was visited by an unusually severe
affiliction which made it necessary for him to return home and kept
him there most of the time. But he had traveled through the greater
part of Wake and Cumberland counties; had found the brethren and
friends willing and ready to help. "The result of my short experience,"
says he, fully impresses upon my mind the belief, that, should many
counties do as well as Wake and Cumberland have done, the friends
of the institution not long first will enjoy the proud satisfaction of
beholding the College not only disembarrassed, but a bright
prospect," etc. In his own county, says President White, he secured
one fourth of the whole debt. He tells in the same letter that Rev.
Thomas Crocker had accepted the appointment of the Executive
Committee to assist in the work of the agency.
During all these years not enough had been received in actual cash
to do more than keep the interest paid on the debts; first that to the
State was provided for; then any balance, as has been said,
8 Biblical Recorder, July 4, 1845; Proceedings, p. 64. Though enthusiasm for the
College was unabated, the debt was in every one's mind and on every tongue. Pay
the interest on the State debt and the balance on hand to Captain Berry, was the oft
repeated action of the Trustees.
9 Biblical Recorder, October 11, 1845.