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elected him to membership on the Board and appointed him Chairman
of the Executive Committee. Hooper however, did not manifest any
desire for participation in the business affairs of the College. He only
attended to the internal administration. In October, 1847, he addressed
a letter to the Trustees at their meeting at Friendship Meeting House
in Cumberland County. Its nature is not known though probably it had
reference to the matters of the faculty. This was referred to a
committee, but it is not on record what disposition was made of it.
Possibly the failure of the Board to comply with his suggestion in this
matter led to his offering his resignation in the following June. No
hint of the cause is given in any of the communication from White
and Owen in the Biblical Recorder. In a letter of Mrs. Hooper to Mrs.
Samuel Wait, under date of June 30, 1849, it is suggested that one
reason for his going was the desire of the family to be united as they
expected to be with their son in the school for boys near Warrenton.
In June, 1848, Jordan resigned as agent and as Trustee. As he was a
great admirer of Hooper it is probably that his resignation was not
unconnected with that of the president, but in the absence of records
this must remain uncertain. He and the other agents had been unable
to get subscriptions sufficient to pay the debt, the amount lacking
being about four thousand dollars. The discouraged Trustees were in
no good humor and adjourned without making any provision for the
financial conduct of the College. The subscribers to the note to secure
the debt to the Literary Fund were getting uneasy and Professor White
was asked to see them, with the hope that some method of liquidation
might be agreed upon. As a last resort a committee was appointed to
ask the State for relief from that debt. It was in this situation that Dr.
Wait, Rev. J. S. Purefoy, and others made up the deficit in
subscriptions as has been told of in the chapter twenty above. It can
easily be seen how much embarrassed a man of Dr. Hooper's delicate
sensibilities would have been affected by such a situation as this and
how he would have sought