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of some of the property, possibly in the line of duty, which was not
yet accounted for; some of his relatives had been getting meals at the
steward's table at no fixed price, and there were other irregularities.
Furthermore, the steward had made debts on account of the Institute.
Possibly no satisfactory settlement was ever made, for as late as
October, 1840, the Trustees were considering "the expediency of
commencing a suit against Ryan." In December, 1838, they had
ordered that a committee take over the property from Ryan, make an
inventory of it and turn it over to the new steward, Mr. A. S. Wynne.9
Wynne accepted the position of steward on these terms: "That he
give bond to board the officers and students at eight dollars each per
month, furnishing them food, wood, bedding, and washing-the wood
for the Brick Building for recitation rooms and for officers, and that
he have the use of four choice cows, the bedding belonging to the
Institute, the kitchen furniture, the garden, the clover field, and the
ten-acre lot back of the Brick Building, all of which are to be returned
in good condition, and also that he provide for the reception of the
Trustees, when they may visit the Institute." He immediately filed the
bond and came into the use of the property, but Ryan remained at
Wake Forest somewhat longer, being allowed to live in one of the
"long houses" until he could settle his business.10
Mr. Wynne, the new steward, had resided in the New Light district,
near Wake Forest. He was a Baptist minister, and a charter member of
the Board of. Trustees, by whom he was highly regarded and trusted.
Taking over the premises formerly occupied by Ryan he advertised in
the Raleigh papers that he had opened a "public house" and was ready
to "accommodate travelers and those who might want a temporary
location near the college."11 He resigned his place as Trustee in
October, 1840, and after a year at Raleigh left the State and went to
Shelby County, Tennessee, where after
9 Ibid., pp. 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 51.
10 Ibid., p. 36 f., December 20, 1838.
11 Biblical Recorder, February 16, 1839.