Agency of Thompson, McNabb, and Jordan 255
Mr. Thompson was not long idle; on September 18-21 he was at the
meeting of the Beulah Association at the Milton Church. After he had
addressed the Association on the needs and prospects of the College,
he was supported in strong and eloquent speeches by Calvin Graves,
J. J. James, John Kerr, J. J. Finch, and E. W. West. In reporting the
discussion to the Biblical Recorder,17 Rev. J. J. Finch said that the
pleas were responded to with warm hearts and open purses, and that
the speeches of Graves and Kerr were the very arguments needed to
arouse Baptist energies in North Carolina, and should be published.
At the conclusion of the addresses five members of the Association
pledged $100 each in the Hufham plan and four more joined in
making up another hundred dollars. In this connection it should be
mentioned that about two weeks before the meeting of the Beulah
Association the Association and Wake Forest College had lost a
strong friend by the death of Algernon Sidney Yancey, son of Bartlett
Yancey. According to Rev. Elias Dodson, "He was a friend to every
benevolent institution. Wake Forest has shared in his kindness, but
has received nothing to what it would have received if he had lived 30
or 40 years longer. "18
We have no detailed records for this year showing the other work of
Mr. Thompson, as agent, but none had served it better. Some time
after October 15, 1846, the Executive Committee asked Rev. William
Hill Jordan, who had recently returned to the State, to assume the
agency. In the following June this action was approved
they must pay next fall; and when we recollect that these brethren were no more
interested in the welfare of the College than the rest of us, we ask our brethren and
the friends of education in general if they will stand by, look on, and see these
brethren struggle alone without putting forth their hands to their relief-we believe
"They have claims in view of the fact that last fall the Board of Trustees elected
Dr. Hooper President of said College, and Dr. Hooper accepted the appointment
upon the condition that the College debts be paid, which thing will probably be
done. These events were so strongly anticipated that it has changed the prospects of
the College for the better. There has been an increase of students from last term
from 50 to 80, and everything at the place appears to be going up, and exertions are
making with considerable success to pay the College debts-a struggle once for all."
17 Biblical Recorder, October 3, 1846.
18 Ibid., September 12, 1846.
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