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only with his death, his employment at this time may be considered
epochal. There is some evidence that it was so considered at the time.
In his piety, evangelical zeal, liberality, scholarship, ability as a public
speaker, ease of manner, sincerity, affability, and love of the College,
he approximated the ideal. And he was an alumnus of the College.
His appointment, said Professor Owen,5 is a subject of congratulation,
a step towards the accomplishment of a cherished wish of the
authorities of the institution to devolve as many of its officers as
possible on its own alumni. He was peculiarly fitted for the work of
agent, for "none will plead for a parent like a child." All the forces of
the denomination lined up behind Wingate as he began his canvass.
To begin with he had the friendship of a number of young men in
every section of the State who had been his fellow students in Wake
Forest College. The Biblical Recorder in a comprehensive editorial in
its issue of December 17, 1852, commended the institution, and made
reference to the successful labors of President Francis Wayland in
getting an endowment for Brown University; it was said: "He is now
in the increasing prosperity of the institution richly rewarded for his
zealous and well bestowed efforts, the result of far-reaching sagacity
and wisdom. His example is well worthy of imitation. The Baptists of
North Carolina ought to endow Wake Forest College before another
year passes away. They have it in their power if they will but employ
it to accomplish this object speedily. We sincerely hope that brother
Wingate, the newly appointed agent, will meet with a cordial
reception in all parts of the State, and bear away substantial tokens of
the love which the Baptists of North Carolina cherish for their own
College."
Elder Elias Dodson was as assiduous now in urging endowment as
he had been in urging that the debts be paid. He had various proposals
for raising the money. "I will propose," said he, "for twenty rich men
to give $1,000 each, and 300 men of Agur's description to give each
$100, payments to be made in three annual installments commencing
December 25, 1853. I will be one of the 300." This plan of securing
subscriptions to be paid in three
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5 Ibid., November 12, 1852.
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