40 History of Wake Forest College
getting such instructions as the Convention though best he set out.
And shall we not say, as was said of Paul and Barnabas, "being sent
forth of the Holy Ghost?"
For the first year, as appears from the minutes, the salary of the
General Agent was to be $35 a month. Outfit for traveling and all
expenses were to be paid by the Agent himself. Wait addressed
himself to the work before him "with as little loss of time as
From Wait's report to the Convention at its meeting at Rogers'
Cross Roads in Wake County the next year, 1831, we learn that he
first spent several weeks in the eastern counties and organized
Auxiliary Societies in Carteret, Pitt, Lenoir, and Duplin. Then he
turned his attention to counties higher up in the State and organized
Auxiliary Societies in Orange, Chatham, Moore, Montgomery,
Richmond, Anson, and Davidson. He was more successful in this
work of organization in Chatham and Anson than in the other
counties, organizing seven in each. The report further names the
counties of Jones, Mecklenburg and Stokes, as among those visited,
and from which aid might be expected. But the General Agent seemed
to have been most encouraged by his reception at the Sandy Creek
Association which met in October, 1830, with the church at Love's
Creek, two miles east of the present Siler City. He tells us that, "The
brethren were much pleased to hear of this Institution, and with great
unanimity immediately passed the most friendly res-
Dr. Wait's daughter, who later became the wife of Mr. J. M. Brewer and the
mother of a noble family of sons and daughters including Mr. John B. Brewer and
President Charles E. Brewer of Meredith College gives the following description of
the conveyance used in their travels: "Imagine a covered jersey wagon of good size-
a seat across the middle accommodated father and mother; while in front at the
mother's feet was ample room for a little space in which sat their little daughter,
about four years old when this work was commenced. In front of the father's feet
was a good-sized lunch basket. Along with the basket was a large bottle which was
often filled with milk for the comfort of the travelers; sometimes the milk was
churned to butter. Behind the middle seat there was room for three trunks of pretty
good size. This conveyance was the home of the little family-all the home they had-
for two or three years, as they zigzagged back and forth from the mountains to the
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