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and was now well started on his long and useful services to the
Baptists of North Carolina. These young men were secured as
teachers for the year 1858 at a salary of $625 each; the school had 30
students in January, and 64 before the close of the session in June.
The next session under their charge started on Monday, July 19, 1858,
with 20 students. Since after two weeks there was no increase in
members, the Trustees ordered the school closed until they could
ascertain the will of the Association which met in the first week in
October. This closing must have been deeply humiliating to the
brilliant young teachers, who had put a strong appeal for patronage in
the Biblical Recorder of July 8, 1858.
It is not clear from the records whether or not the school was in
operation again before January, 1860, but the probabilities are that it
was not. At the meeting of the Association in 1859 it was announced
that Elder W. B. Jones had been secured as principal, with his wife as
assistant. He had been pastor of the Baptist Church at Beaufort, and
had previously taught a high school at Clayton. The Trustees of the
School did not pay him a stipulated salary, but gave him the building
free of charge. Reporting to the Association of 1860 he stated that he
had had 133 pupils during the year, 64 males and 69 females. From
this time the school was open to both sexes. Mr. Jones continued with
the school until the close of 1862, after which Rev. Isham Royall,
who had been teaching in the Male Department, assumed the
principalship. During these years the number of students was about a
hundred for each school
year.45
The Cape Fear Association also, in 1857, started a movement
looking to establishing a high school to be located at Cross Roads,
Columbus County. At the meeting of that year a Board of Trustees
was appointed and subscriptions invited. After two years, however,
the plans had not matured. The Trustees had indeed secured many
pledges in the form of notes for the school but these had been
forfeited because a stipulated amount had not been subscribed; in cash
they had got $48, barely enough to pay for printing. The Association
resolved that it would have a school, and
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Minutes of the Union Association, 1861-63.
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