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The number of beneficiaries had grown from three in 1866 to five in
1867, and eleven in 1868. Brooks continued in this service until
November, 1868, when the Board of Education joined with the Board
of Missions in the support of a common corresponding secretary, part
of whose functions was to visit churches and associations and create
an interest in the work of the Boards and solicit funds for their
support. Dr. W. T. Walters, who was already serving as corresponding
secretary of the Board of Missions, agreed to this arrangement, and
served both boards until his retirement at the end of March, 1870. On
his salary the Board of Education was to pay annually $500. In his
first year Walters made a remarkable advance, collecting from
November, 1868, to November, 1869, a total of $1,909.90.
Neither in this year nor in any of the other years of the early years
of the Board were all the collections in cash. In the statements are
credited at market value many gifts of flour, corn, fish, hams and
other provisions.11
The collections for 1869 were exceptional; for the next year, 1870,
the total was only $1,447.54 and the Board was in the distress
indicated above. Probably this was partly due to the fact that Walters
resigned at the end of March, and for the remainder of the year both
boards were without a corresponding secretary. However, after some
delay Dr. T. H. Pritchard, chair-
to James Poteat, one on January 28, the other on August 13, 1868. For evidence of
Brooks's zeal see Minutes of the Central Association for 1867 and for 1868, and the
Report of the Board of Education in minutes of the Convention of 1867.
In the report for 1869 the following are among the gifts in kind credited: "One
barrel of flour, per Wilson Williams, $25.00." "86 lbs. hams, per John Watson,
$21.25." "One barrel fish, per John Wilson, $122.00." "Two and a half bushels of
corn, per Craven Williams, $2.50." In the report for 1870 James Poteat, father of W.
L. Potent, is credited with 2 barrels of flour, $20.00, and W. H. Avera, a Trustee of
the College and a merchant of Smithfield, with 2 barrels of flour and 2 boxes of
cheese, $47.50, and the Wilmington Baptist Church is credited with a box worth
$31.08. Gifts of hams and flour are more numerous than those of other provisions.
Once, in the report of 1872, "valuable donations of clothing," are acknowledged,
though no specific valuation is made.
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