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$1,000 each; 100, $100 each; 1,000, $10 each, and the remainder
from $5 to $1 and 25 cents each; what a great sum could be raised this
Probably there has never lived another man in North Carolina who
had the confidence of the people to so great a degree as Elias Dodson.
On that account his great interest in the College and his frequent
notices of it in his published articles and in his daily conversation
must have been of great influence in gaining friends for it among
Baptist of all classes and circumstances.
At the meeting of the Trustees in June, 1846, Thompson, who had
been serving as agent the past year with Rev. Thomas Crocker as
assistant, made a verbal report. His report was approved and he was
continued as agent for another year. Crocker had attended the meeting
of the Chowan Association and was allowed to lay the claims of the
College before the Association, and to solicit subscriptions. He also
was chairman of the committee appointed to report to the Association
on the College, which report, as it appears in the minutes, is given in
the note below in order that any are interested may see on what
grounds the agents of the College were making their
Ibid., May 30, 1846.
'We your Committee, whose business it is to take into consideration the claims
of Wake Forest College, beg leave to report
"The Wake Forest College has claims particularly on the Baptist denomination,
of such a nature that cannot be easily resisted, because it is the creature of the
denomination, brought into existence by a few enterprising individuals—those
individuals have sustained and defended it in the midst of much opposition, and
under God have made it what it is-and we feel charged with astonishment when we
see Baptists sending their sons by Wake Forest to Chapel Hill, or to other colleges
under the supervision of other denominations.
"It has claims also on society in general by reason of its cheapness. An education
can be obtained at that place 25 per cent lower than at any other College that we
have any knowledge of in the United States and an education equally sound as at
any other college.
"It has claims on the community at large on account of its morality. It is a
lamentable fact, known to all parents and guardians, that up to the time of the
founding of the Wake Forest College they could not give their sons or ward an
education without spoiling their morals. At Wake Forest College the morals of the
young men are preserved and improved; every method is adopted and every means
used to prevent immorality and dissipation.
"Also in point of its pecuniary matters it has claims. In erecting the College
Building and defraying other expenses, they are in debt, and some four or five of the
Trustees are now bound and sued for the sum of ten thousand dollars which