The Endowment, Charles E. Taylor 239
to that city. In North Carolina he had received in collections and
subscriptions $27,000; he still lacked subscriptions for $3,000 to
make up the balance planned if he should get the additional $10,000
from New York, and failing to get that he must get $13,000 additional
from North Carolina.
Early in the year, despairing of securing anything additional in New
York, he said that he could already see that it was going to be very
difficult to complete the required sum, but that he expected to do it if
the Lord gave him health and strength. Additional subscriptions must
be secured and what was more important and more difficult the
money subscribed must be collected. The people of North Carolina
had not yet recovered from the disasters of civil war and
reconstruction; among the Baptists especially there were few wealthy
people and these had already been solicited; the prospects of
collecting what was needed from the others was far from encouraging.
Professor Taylor's task was further complicated by the fact that
many notes secured by former agents of the college from those most
willing to give were in the college treasury unpaid. Some of these
notes had been taken by Elder R. B. Jones in 1868; others, soon after
by Elder R. R. Overby; many more were given to Elder John Mitchell
in 1872; others, the largest number of all, were secured by Elder J. S.
Purefoy in 1876-78 in the Central, the Flat River, and the Mt. Zion
Associations; a goodly package of others were given in 1879 to Elder
J. D. Hufham as agent for the College in the Chowan Association,
while several hundred others were secured by Elder J. A. Speight
from brethren of the Chowan Association in 1881-82, payable in three
or five instalments and not yet all due.
Clearly, it was not quite proper to ask the makers of these notes to
make a new subscription while they were unpaid. On the other hand,
it would greatly handicap the new campaign if nothing was to be
secured from this great body of note-makers who were reckoned
among the most liberal men of the denomination. As a way out the
Trustees, in November, 1882, authorized Professor Taylor to make
what collections he could on notes and pledges
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