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visited eight Associations and secured about nine thousand dollars for
the endowment. He had collected on new notes and subscriptions
about $200, and on old notes and subscriptions about $2,777.
Following its custom of employing its agents for the next calendar
year at its meeting during the session of the Baptist State Convention
in October, the Board meeting at Fayetteville in October, 1854, had
asked Pritchard to be their agent for the coming year at a salary of
The "Annual Report of the Board of Managers" of the Convention
for this year gives a summary of the financial affairs of the College.
There was yet remaining a portion of the debt due the Literary Fund;
new subscriptions to meet that debt would be necessary, since some
of the former subscriptions were unpaid and uncollectible. However,
much more than the principal had been paid and there was hope that
the Legislature would remit the balance, since other States were
making liberal donations to incorporated colleges. The endowment
fund had reached forty-two thousand dollars, and legacies into which
the College would soon come in possession would be worth more
than ten thousand dollars. The endowment would soon be completed
and it was hoped that friends would continue to remember the College
in their wills. The endowment of professorships was recommended to
those who wished to leave memorials of themselves.
During his entire agency there is evidence that Pritchard was
pursuing his canvass with much acceptance to the Baptists of the
State. His ablest hearers found his eloquence thrilling as he pleaded
for the endowment of the College, and as often as he spoke before an
Association the members and visitors rallied to his support. His
purpose was to have every Association in the State take at least one
scholarship, and this purpose he persistently followed so long as he
was agent. In 1855 he began to bring the matter to the attention of
those Associations which had before done little or nothing for the
College, such as the Yadkin and the Liberty.
Pritchard seems to have caught a vision of the possible future
greatness and usefulness of the College that hardly any other had seen
until his day. This he reveals in two letters on the endowment
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