450 History of Wake Forest College
the first year, soon after, Merriam found his position full of diffi-
culties of another nature. It was still impossible to furnish board even
at the advanced prices. On March 10, 1836, the Trustees ordered that
charges should be advanced to $100 for board, bed, tuition, washing
and firewood, the new terms to go into effect on July 1, 1836. At the
close of the year 1836 Merriam was relieved of the stewardship, after
the Trustees had investigated and reinvestigated his accounts; finally a
committee submitted an audit of his accounts as a part of the general
statement of the financial affairs of the Institute to the close of the
year 1836.6
For the years 1838 and 1839 George Ryan was steward. On coming
to the Institute he was allowed to bring with him "two negro women
for the use of the Institute and his wife." The duties of the steward
were now more clearly defined and new duties added.
He was to visit all unoccupied students' rooms, and outhouses, keep
them locked and preserve the key; he was to pay all necessary
attention to sick students, but to see that in no case food was carried in
the College Building except to a sick student. He was to keep an
account with every student charging him with all the injury he might
do to the property of the Trustees; if the
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6 Ibid., pp. 19, 21, 23. The statement of the audit is in Blank Book A, and is dated
December 30, 1836. It is signed by David Thompson, Chairman, and A. J. Battle.
The part that relates to the Steward is as follows:
Charles R. Merriam (Steward)
Amt. disbursed by him on st. acct. and vouchers rendered
............................................................................1834 $ 753.59
Amt. disbursed do. do. do. do. ..........................1835 5391.73
Amt. disbursed do. do. do. do. ..........................1836 ___5554.73__________
$11700.05
Amt. of funds received from Treasurer for year 1834 ... .$ 701.00
Amt. of funds do. do. do. do. do. 1835 .... 3470.68
Amt. of funds do. do. do. do. do. 1836 .... 925.911/2
Amt. received of S. Wait, Agt. in the years
1834,5. and 1836 ………………………………….. 6334.191/2__
$11431.79
Amt. due C. R. M., Steward advanced on balance $ 268.26
Amt. due do. for Salary for the year 1836 250.00
Total balance due Stew $ 518.26
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