Agency of Thompson, McNabb, and Jordan 261
the agents; the subscriptions were not complete, and the agents,
presumably Jordan, Thompson, James, Purefoy and Jones were
continued. At this time it seems that Professor W. T. Brooks was also
appointed temporary agent. We have little information as to the
activities of the others, but before July 1, James was in the Chowan
Association, vigorously prosecuting his
agency.29
At the meeting of the Trustees in June, 1848, their deliberations
were considerably confused by President Hooper offering his resig-
nation, and by the resignation of W. H. Jordan as a member of the
Board. In response to the urgent request of the Board Dr. Hooper
withdrew his resignation for the time, but that of Jordan was accepted.
Probably as he resigned Jordan also gave up the agency which he had
prosecuted since March of the previous year. A committee was
appointed on liquidating the debt to the Literary Fund, and it was
voted to ask the Legislature for relief from it.
According to Professor Mills, writing in the Wake Forest Student,
February, March and April, 1884, the Trustees in their
discouragement adjourned without making any provision for paying
the debts, and on the Friday following the Commencement day, Dr.
Wait made a canvass of friends in the vicinity of Wake Forest which
resulted in securing the amount necessary to complete the
subscription, $5,000; Those who subscribed, says Professor Mills,
were J. S. Purefoy, $1,000; Samuel Wait, $500; William Crenshaw,
$500; Dr. W. M. Crenshaw, $500; William H. Jordan, W. T. Brooks,
William Jones, John B. White and David Justice, $500
each.30
Of
these men all except Purefoy, Jones, Brooks and White
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29
"We are grateful to learn that Rev. J. James is vigorously prosecuting his
agency in the bounds of the Chowan Association, and hope that Bro. Thompson and
Professor Brooks will soon follow his laudable example, in entering upon their
agencies. One good combined effort will now relieve the College of all liabilities,
and place it in a certain foundation." Letter of Trustee, reporting the
Commencement of the College, Biblical Recorder, July 1, 1848.
30
There is an obscure entry in the Proceedings, p. 7. for June 13, 1849, which
may refer to this. Professor Mills's statement is not without difficulties. It is as
follows:
"From this time till June, 1848, quite a number of agents were appointed. Some
declined to serve and others labored but a short time. The interest had been paid
regularly on the debt due the Literary Fund, but the Berry debt had grown slowly.
The liabilities of the College were about $20,000, and the various agents had
obtained subscriptions to the amount of $10,000, on condi-
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