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reminding them that while they are supporting the University, an
institution in which they have never been represented, with their taxes
beyond any other denomination, they were letting Wake Forest suffer
from their neglect.2
It is to be noted that while several other Associations, such as the
Beulah, did well in their response to the appeals for the endowment of
the College, and perhaps as well as any in proportion to their means, it
was the Chowan Association that most abundantly contributed both to
pay the debts and for endowment. On that account it is proper that
there be given here Pritchard's graceful and grateful words of
recognition of this benevolence. In a full column article in the
Recorder of June 7, 1855, in which he sets forth in a masterly way the
reasons for endowing the College, he says, as he begins:
In all her distresses and extremities, Wake Forest has ever found a staunch friend
and liberal supporter in the Chowan Association. The first scholarship taken in the
endowment was by a church in Camden County. A large proportion of the fund
secured to the Institution has been raised within her territory, and from the
Catalogue of the collegiate year 1854-55 I learn that of the 116 students therein reg-
istered 40 are from the Chowan Association. Three scholarships had been taken in
the name and for the use of the Association before its last session at Cashie. It was
there resolved, "That another be immediately raised, and that the churches be
requested to send up funds sufficient to take a scholarship in the endowment of the
College at each successive session of the Association, till the Institution is placed
upon a permanent and liberal foundation."
This praiseworthy resolution of the Chowan Association I wish to
commend to the twenty-seven other Associations of Regular Baptists
in North Carolina as worthy of prompt imitation.
2 Biblical Recorder, September 28, 1854. Pritchard's words drew sharp response
in the University Magazine for December, 1854, and he defended himself right ably,
in the Biblical Recorder of March 29, 1855. Pritchard's first statement was as
follows: "Ye forty-six thousand Baptists of North Carolina, have you no
denominational pride? You have paid more tax to Chapel Hill than any other
denomination in the State—an institution in which from its foundation you have
never been represented. Will you still aid in an institution where you have been thus
unjustly treated, which has a large investment and near three hundred students, and
neglect Wake Forest, the child of your own Convention, and the churches of your
principles? Forbid, the cause of denominational education and the cause of Christ."
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