Agency of Thompson, McNabb, and Jordan 259
ford," to give his views of a proposed plan for the endowment of the
College.24
Though Jordan had not had time to study the matter, his
opinion was that any plan of endowment at present was much less
interesting than the effort to free the College from debt. To this point
he thought they should now bend all their energies. Let this be
accomplished and they could then think of other
matters.25
After his tour through the western counties, Jordan, carrying out the
purpose of the Trustees when he was appointed, made his way to
South Carolina. He was at the meeting of the Welsh Neck
Association, probably early in November, 1847. The Association
extended to him every civility, both as a brother and as an agent, that
he could wish, hearing him fully on the subject of his agency. He got
at least one subscription on the Hufham plan, and that from a man
who had already made liberal subscriptions for objects nearer home.
In his report Jordan dwells on the liberality of Welsh Neck Baptists,
who were giving to religious objects from two to three thousand
dollars annually, and one year as much as $3600, though the Baptists
of Welsh Neck had not more than one third of the financial ability of
those of the Chowan Association. This communication is less detailed
than it might be to make room for his full-column poem on "My
native, my still remembered, my beloved
Bertie."26
Seemingly for the purpose of assisting Jordan in his work in South
Carolina, a writer over the signature of "A South Carolinian"
contributed a series of articles to the Southern Baptist, which were
reprinted in the Biblical Recorder of March 25, 1848,
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24
Ibid., October 16, 1847. Ibid., July 3, 1847. The writer, Dr. S. J. Wheeler, said
that with increasing demand, more teaching force would be needed at Wake Forest;
that the institution should be endowed, $30,000 for the presidency; $40,000 for the
faculty; $20,000 for the academic department, principal and assistants, $90,000 in
all; that in Virginia a campaign was on to raise $125,000 for the endowment of an
institution younger than Wake Forest, and that with two such agents in the field as
Jordan and Thompson, the $90,000 could be raised in North Carolina in 12 months.
The method he proposed was the sale of scholarships.
25
Ibid., October 16, 1847.
26
Ibid., December 4, 1847, letter from Darlington Courthouse, S. C., November
19, 1847.
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