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next few years to raise $100,000 within North Carolina, and another $100,000
outside the State for the prosecution of the work which confronts us. We must not
shirk the work which God is pushing upon us, for it is possible for the Baptists of
North Carolina through their College to make their influence felt in every part of
our own land and to the ends of the earth. Earnestly the Board is asked to consider
the practicability of such an effort as has been
Should not the Board and Faculty and friends of the College be looking forward
to the enlargement of our work in all directions? Ten years ago we had 99 students.
This session we have enrolled 214. This number should be doubled within the next
few years. Unless it shall be the College will fail of doing all that it might do and
should do for the Baptist young men of North Carolina. In order to do this our
teaching force must be increased and arrangements made for the accommodation of
a larger number of students. At no distant day the work of existing chairs must be
divided and new chairs created. An additional $100,000 for endowment and
equipment will be as imperatively needed as was the amount raised in 1883. Is it too
soon for the Board practically to consider this question of ways and means for
future enlargement? God has wonderfully blessed us in the past. He has thrown
open to us the doors of usefulness. Should we not rely in His aid and seek to enter
it?" 14
The Board of Trustees did not immediately heed the President's
suggestion that an effort be made to raise $100,000 in North Carolina.
They never failed, however, for many years to encourage him to seek
contributions in the North. With his report to the Board at the
commencement of 1890 President Taylor himself had come to the
view that with the campaign for funds to build and equip a female
college before the Baptists of the State, Wake Forest must adopt a
new method, and he recommended strongly the employment of a
financial secretary. He now warned that Wake Forest must get ready
to abandon the field "until the female college shall have had ample
opportunity to raise endowment and equipment."
This was the first notice that Wake Forest College was to have a
competitor for the educational benefactions and interest
From President's report, June, 1887. Proceedings, p. 239.
14 President's report, June 12, 1888, minutes of Board, in which reports of the
presidents were regularly copied.
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