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minded the Association that the Trustees had only followed its
instructions and it was its duty to see that the debt was paid. After
these plain words were read to the Association there arose much
discussion, and the sum of $1,400 was pledged by the delegates
At the next meeting of the Association, that of 1857, the Trustees
had a report almost as sorrowful. They had indeed collected during
the year $1,503, of which $620 came from the sale of seven lots
leaving four unsold, but the net debt was nearly the same,
Responding to the strong importunities of the report the Association
adjourned its meeting for half an hour and sent two of its members
through the congregation who secured pledges amounting to $1,375.
The Report of the Trustees to the Association of 1858 showed that
the debt was then about $1,800. Of this the Treasurer, Mr. A. M.
Faison, had paid $640, and was being sued for $900, which he would
have to pay from his own purse unless the amount should
The following portion of the report will indicate the nature of difficulties with
which Trustees of Baptist schools and colleges have had to deal:
"Brethren, are we impressed with the belief that its friends need but to be
informed of its indebtedness, of its embarrassments and crippled energies, to be
induced to march up like men, Christian men, willingly, nay, anxiously, to its relief?
The motives which instituted the Warsaw High School are among the purest, most
exalted, and most Christian that ever actuated mankind. The Trustees deserve the
thanks, the deepest gratitude of Baptists, and the warmest commendation of the
public, for their enterprise in erecting this School. They have acted nobly in bearing
its burdens from year to year amid the opposition of some and the doubts and fears
of nominal friends which often, and in this case, act in a most chilling and
destructive manner upon the self-sacrificing exertions of the comparatively few who
have stood by the School magnanimously from first to last. Some of the brethren are
poor, and yet they have been its warm and, in some cases, its warmest friends.
While poverty has been life-sustaining in its devotions, wealth is too often
annihilating in its indifference and selfishness. The School is in debt about $2,800.
Most of this amount must be paid in a short time, or the friends of the School,
Baptists of the Union Association, must stand by with hearts in their bosoms and
hands in their pockets, and enjoy the mortifying spectacle of seeing it sold under the
hammer. Will the Baptists of the Union Association prepare themselves a feast of
this kind to sit down to? Will they stand aloof and permit to be sacrificed an
institution that is dear to their affections, and of great value to science, literature and
religion? These are questions which the present meeting must answer. If such a sad
fate befalls the Association, if such a catastrophe is permitted to happen, what a
reproach to the Baptist cause-what a blot will be cast upon its escutcheon !” etc.