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by the full Board. Jordan was detained for some time after his
appointment by domestic affairs, and the removal of his family, but
on March 15, 1847, he left his home on the business of his agency,
and arrived in Raleigh. Although South Carolina was assigned to him
as his special field of labor, for the time both his operations and those
of Thompson were confined to North Carolina. Jordan's tour was to
extend through the counties along the Cape Fear and Neuse rivers,
while Thompson was to direct his course along the Roanoke and the
Chowan in the northeastern counties.
As Mr. Jordan began his agency he sounded a note of encourage-
ment. He wrote:
The prospects of the College have not been so encouraging for
years as they now are. A combination of causes have contributed to
this result. The Trustees have succeeded in obtaining the services of
Dr. Hooper, (formerly professor at Chapel Hill-and more recently of
the S. Carolina College, at Columbia), as President of the institution.
The name of Dr. Hooper is endeared to many in our State, as well by
his personal worth and literary attainments, as by their recollection of
him as their former preceptor. His name would give dignity to any
institution. He is known as one among the sons of North Carolina for
whom she may feel a just pride. Dr. Hooper has entered upon the
duties of his new station with a spirit which furnishes evidence of his
determination to render the Institution worthy of his own reputation
and of the patronage of the public. The number of students is between
eighty and ninety, and they are still coming in. The Hufham
subscription is in an encouraging state of progress. Confidence, we
can but think, is reviving; and as I have remarked-the whole prospect
is decidedly more encouraging than it has been for years. Friends of
the Institution: We are glad to say to you, and we thank God that we
are permitted to say to you, that our prospects are brightening.
Another most encouraging thing was that at last the Baptists in
North Carolina were awake to a sense of their power. Only $12,000
yet remained to be raised; Jordan and Thompson had pledged one
another not to stop until the College was relieved of
debt.19
This letter of Jordan was soon followed by
another,20
in which
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19
Ibid., April 3, 1847.
20
Ibid., April 17,
1847.
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