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olutions, expressive of their approbation and their entire willingness
to render us assistance."11
But not all was smooth sailing. The new plan encountered many
violent storms of opposition. In many of the churches there were
members who, according to the report, "really believe that the friends
of education wish to educate young men for the ministry who are yet
in the gall of bitterness, and that the whole missionary concern,
together with Bible and Tract Societies, is only a mere speculation."
And opposition was being purposely set up by the circulation of
printed matter, and in some instances by the pulpit. Endeavors were
also made to raise suspicion of the honest appropriation of the money
contributed. On the other hand the more enlightened everywhere, both
church members and many who were not, gave their enthusiastic sup-
port. During the year Wait preached 243 sermons and baptized nine.
His report was received by the Convention with much enthusiasm and
he was requested to continue as General Agent for another year, and
"receive one dollar a day as compensation for his services."
At this Convention a Committee on Education consisting of J.
Armstrong, N. G. Smith, and W. R. Hinton was appointed and
reported. Their report was adopted but not printed in the minutes. Yet,
it is reasonably certain that it contained no recommendation as to the
establishment of a college, since a resolution was passed accepting
"the offer of Elder J. Armstrong to educate young men for the
ministry, and the Board was authorized to send such young men as
they may approve to him, or to some school, and to defray the
expense as far as the funds of the Convention will admit." The
Convention was careful to assure the churches by prescribing definite
and rigid rules for the admission of beneficiaries.12
The first Association which Wait visited in the second year
11 For the resolutions see Purefoy, History of the Sandy Creek Association.
12 As these rules were long used by the Board of Education in passing on the
admission of beneficiaries who desired to become students of Wake Forest College,
I will give them below when I come to discuss the work of that Board.