604 History of Wake Forest College
Until the suspension of the Exercises of the College in May, 1862,
the general Board of Managers of the Baptist State Convention had
charge of the appointment and care of the beneficiaries.8 In 1846
indeed the Convention distributed the work of the general Board
among three boards, one of which was the Board of Education located
at Wake Forest. But the next year the Convention abolished the three
boards and returned to its former plan, on the representation of
Professor J. B. White, a member of the Board of Education, that
although three efforts had been made to get the Board together he had
abandoned hope of it. The reason for the failure he assigned to the
fact that some of the members lived at a great distance from Wake
Forest.
In all this period, however, the Convention attached much im-
portance to ministerial education and devoted much time to discussing
it, notably in 1844, 1845, and 1849. In 1851 and 1852 under the
leadership of Elder J. S. Purefoy, and in some other years, collections
were made on the floor of the Convention for the support of the
beneficiaries. In 1844, Dr. J. B. Jeter, a visitor from Virginia, offered
a resolution "That ministerial education is of vital importance in the
great evangelical enterprise of converting the world to Christ." In this
view the members of the Con-
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to prepare for the solemn responsibilities of the ministry, but whose circumstances
seem to be unfavorable to such preparation, and to recommend them to the
patronage of the Convention.
"The Board have but one beneficiary at present, and are prepared to receive
several others."
On hearing this report, written by C. R. Hendrickson, the Elizabeth City pastor,
the Convention had much discussion, a prayer was made for an increased number of
ministers, and the following resolution, offered by Elder A. D. Blackwood was
passed:
"Resolved, That we recommend to the churches in this State to observe the
Saturday before the second Sabbath in December next as a day of fasting and prayer
for an increase of ministers in this State, and that the ministers urge this upon the
minds of their brethren, and also that the prayers of our ministers and people to the
Lord of the harvest that he send forth much laborers into his harvest, should be more
prominently brought before our churches, in the sanctuary and at the family altar."
8 In 1835 the Convention invited an applicant, Thomas McDaniel, before it for
examination. Soon the Convention learned that it was more convenient to refer such
examinations and all other matters pertaining to the beneficiaries to the Board.
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