The Endowment, Charles E. Taylor 237
These letters were printed on a letter sheet underneath a short
description of the college and a statement of the present needs,
leaving half the sheet blank to be used for communications to those in
New York whose interest it was hoped to secure.
One of Professor Taylor's first concerns on reaching New York was
to get a statement of his mission in the Examiner, the Baptist weekly
paper of New York. Using much the same argument that he had been
using in North Carolina he told of the great illiteracy and educational
destitution in the State, and represented that because of limited
resources Wake Forest College was not able to meet the demand for
teachers in the schools; that the College was doing first class work,
and that its present outlook was bright and hopeful-but it needed a
larger endowment; he was agent for this increased endowment to the
sum of $100,000; within the previous ninety days he had raised nearly
$30,000 in North Carolina of the $50,000 needed, and he hoped that
the Northern brethren would supply the remaining $20,000, and place
the College on a permanent foundation. A few years before the
Northern brethren had contributed $10,000, and this money had not
been encroached upon, but like all other endowment funds was
invested in great care in first mortgages on land. "Having the promise
of nearly $30,000," he said in closing, "I have come North to ask the
Northern brethren to help in raising the remainder. If I did not think
that in this I were trying to serve the Lord Jesus, I would not
undertake what in many respects is a trying and difficult work. May I
not hope for sympathy and aid from those who are seeking to use for
God's glory the means that He has bestowed?"
Within a week after his arrival in New York lie wrote to several of the wealthier
Baptists of the city, probably using the informational letter heads mentioned above,
and giving additional information about the College and asking for conferences. In
each letter he enclosed for reply a postal card addressed in his own characteristic
handwriting to himself at Tremont House, New York. From only one of these did he
receive a favorable reply.
9 Examiner, January 11, 1883.
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