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to keep up a delusion which cannot by any possibility benefit a single person, but
which injures multitudes.
But on the other hand the friends of the Convention were stimulated
to greater zeal by this active propaganda of its opponents and at least
five associations, the Chowan, the Neuse, the Sandy Creek, the Brier
Creek, and the Yadkin, passed resolutions firm almost to defiance of
the enemies of the Convention, and friendly and encouraging to the
General Agent. Despite the exasperated energy of the opponents the
baleful effects of which in some sections cannot be denied, the
purposes of the Convention were furthered; "yet did the fire burn
hotter and hotter." With reference to this work of Wait an able student
of North Carolina history has said: "This was the first and probably
the most important educational canvass ever made in the State.“14
During the year Wait preached 268 sermons and came up to the
Convention much encouraged. The meeting this year was at Rives's
Chapel in Chatham County on August 3 to 7, 1832. The plans for a
school had been slowly taking shape and when the Convention met
some of the delegates had already selected a site and determined in
their own minds the nature which the new educational institution was
to have. They were now ready to launch their enterprise.
The Committee on Education for this meeting consisted of William
Hooper, Chairman; William R. Hinton, the Raleigh pastor, and Grey
Huckaby of Orange County. It was appointed on Saturday morning,
August 4, and reported at the opening of the afternoon session. The
pertinent part of the report reads as follows:
The Committee on Education having given to the subject submitted to them the
best consideration which their time and the limited information at their command
have enabled them, beg leave to present the following Report:
That we think it expedient and highly important to afford to our
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Pittman, A Decade of North Carolina History.
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