42 History of Wake Forest College
was the Chowan. Here he was encouraged by warm and friendly
resolutions. Turning his course westward and preaching at as many
churches as possible, he visited the counties of Wilkes, Ashe, and
Burke and attended the meetings of the Mountain, the Catawba River,
and the Brier Creek Associations. While he was given a respectable
hearing everywhere he says especially with reference to the Brier
Creek Association that he "was much gratified to find the brethren
ready to come into the measures of the Convention as soon as the
nature of the Institution was fully understood." Late in the autumn he
began to retrace his steps eastward.
But as in the year before the work of Wait aroused opposition from
men who took great pains to counteract all that he had done the first
year. They were assiduously distributing among the congregations he
had visited pamphlets with misrepresentations and abuse. Wait says in
his second annual report to the
Convention:13
It is too often that I find myself in congregations composed to a great extent of
persons totally unacquainted with the subject of
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13
The character of the pamphlets issued to counteract the work of Wait may be
judged from the following excerpts from the North Carolina Whig's Apology,
published in 1830. Its author was Joshua Lawrence who in 1827 led the Kehukee
Association to withdraw from their missionary brethren, and who later in 1833 by a
pamphlet signed "Clodhopper" almost induced the North Carolina General
Assembly to deny a charter to Wake Forest Institute.
From page 27. Hear again-2 Corinthians, VIII:21: "Providing for honest things,
not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men." And tell, if you can,
how to provide for honest things in the sight of God and men, but by following
some honest, lawful calling, according to the laws of God and man? And if begging
money from honest laborers and the poor, is so, according to the laws of God, by a
hearty, hale young man-if this is honesty, God keep me from that honesty. If he's
employed by a society to beg for money, and tell people it is to send the gospel to
the destitute, and they give the money for that purpose and the beggar not to tell
them that he and the society have made a bargain for a dollar a day to beg for them-
and when the beggar returning with his booty he gets a great part-reader is this
providing things honest in the sight of God and man? And if a society should hire an
agent at $40 per month, to go about and form societies, and he promise them
preaching or to send them preachers for their money and send none-would this be
honesty? Would it be lying for gain? Say, if a man should do this, would it be
providing things honestly in the sight of God or men? North Carolinians
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