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of the canvassers and secretaries and of the speakers before the
Convention of 1873.22 Interest in the endowment was not confined to
America. From far away China Dr. M. T. Yates, missionary and true
son of the College, sent twenty-five pounds sterling, one hundred and
thirty-five dollars in the exchange of that day, which brought forth a
warm note of thanks from Wingate.23 In this campaign Professor C. E.
Taylor became active in the canvass, as also to a lesser extent did W.
B. Royall. Taylor had the direction of an educational convention at
Louisburg, and with Rev. W. R. Gwaltney canvassed Wilkes County.
Royall worked in Columbus and Robeson
counties.24
In the College campaign Wingate, then in the maturity of his
extraordinary powers, displayed the many pleasing aspects of his
many-sided personality. The endowment of the College was his great
passion; now the opportunity for which he had long yearned and
prayed had come, and he went about it with untiring energy and
industry and with enthusiasm that knew no bounds. It was his meat
and drink; he had letters, sometimes as many as six on it, in every
issue of the Biblical Recorder; he thought of it and wrote of it from
his bed where he lay "disabled at
home."25
And he spread his
enthusiasm to all his associates, so that at the commencement of June,
1873, "endowment was heard everywhere and of course it was in the
President's speech." The comprehensiveness of his plan for preparing
and educating the people also
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22 Sometimes, however, a church did not respond to the most eloquent appeals.
Dr. Hufham told of one church, and a large church at that, in the King's Mountain
Association at which the canvassers "stretched out their hands and only two men
regarded them." Biblical Recorder, September 17, 1873. Another light on the failure
of some churches to give is seen in the following from the minutes of the
Convention of 1873: "Elder W. R. Gwaltney thinks he sees the goodness of the
Lord in deferring the raising of this amount until the whole State has been
canvassed, and objections met, and prejudices overcome. In the mountains these
prejudices have rapidly given away. In the canvassing he finds the sin of
donothingism and in-difference lies in the doors of the preachers. So far as our
people have been enlightened they have done their duty. Many preachers have
refrained from engaging in this endowment because they are afraid of asking
contributions from their moneyed men."
23
Biblical Recorder, August 10, 1873.
24 Biblical Recorder, June 4, 18, September 3.
25
Biblical Recorder, May 25, 1873.
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