458 History of Wake Forest College
9, 1865, they chose Dr. W. M. Wingate for this work at a salary of
$700 a year. There is nothing, however, to indicate that Dr. Wingate
made any canvass for funds or received any salary: he did however,
write for the Biblical Recorder urging the support of the
This seems to have been the extent of Wingate's services as agent of
the Board. After January, 1867, he was again at his post as president
of the College. But the Board continued to feel the need of an agent.
Failing to find one the Board on June 26, 1867, asked their president,
Dr. W. T. Brooks, to represent their interest before the public and to
secure what funds he might be able by correspondence. This he did
with much zeal and tolerable success.9
In the year 1866 the report to the Convention showed collections of
only $236.90, and expenses of S607.50, leaving an unpaid balance of
$370.60. In 1867, five months after Brooks had begun his service, the
report showed that all expenses had been paid and the debt reduced to
about $250. In April, 1868, Brother A. F. Purefoy was asked to act as
agent for 20 per cent of collections, but worked only a few months,
collecting $41.05. In 1868 the report shows collections of $1,097.23
and expenses of
See articles in Biblical Recorder, February 22, 1866, and February 6, 1867. The
following is from the first: "We have three brethren of piety and promise already
here without means to secure an education. If brethren, when they read this, will at
their next church meeting, collect and send on some ten or twenty dollars, young
ministers can go on. I know that we have placed the sums low, but this has been
intentional." In the editorial article of February 6, 1867, he said: "Several of our
brethren have been addressed by different members of the Board of Education to
secure if possible the funds necessary for the beneficiaries.... Brethren, in all
seriousness we are greatly in need of funds. This is a day of cash transactions, and
the Board cannot, if they would, extend their credit. The young ministers are here,
awaiting your reply."
9 See the minutes of the Central Association for 1867, 1868. "He has zealously
endeavored both by direct personal appeal and by extensive correspondence to
relieve the Board of its pecuniary embarrassments, and to a certain degree his
efforts have been attended with success. Pledges have been received from churches
and individuals to an amount sufficient to sustain about three beneficiaries. These
together with other contributions in cash reduce
indebtedness for the entire year
to about $250."
Among the collections for 1868, two contributions of $50 each are credited
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