The Board of Education, 1862-1915 461
As a result of the rather gloomy report of the Board to the
Convention of 1870, that body had instructed it to receive only so
many beneficiaries as it had the money in sight to support. This order
put the Board to its shifts. In accord with the suggestion of the
Convention some worthy young men were received as ueneficiaries
on the promise of individuals or Associations to provide for their
support, among these being R. T. Vann and W. H. Connell, on
November 16, 1870, shortly after the meeting of the Convention.
Several others came with promise of associational support, but for all
of them the collections by the corresponding secretary were not
sufficient to provide; this rested on the hearts of the members of the
Board and on October 1, 1872, they asked Taylor and Wingate "to
solicit from churches and individuals funds and provisions for support
of beneficiaries." Another expedient was the rather doubtful measure
they adopted in June, 1873, when they refused to name any
beneficiaries for the next year, on the ground that the Convention had
instructed them in 1870 not to receive any beneficiaries unless the
money to support them was in hand or in sight, and their treasury was
empty. A set of resolutions were adopted setting forth these facts
which were published in the Biblical Recorder, July 9, 1873, but they
seem to have passed unnoticed. Considerable contributions had come
in before the opening of the session, however, and one new
beneficiary was received, and seven others were continued. Before the
meeting of the Convention in November, thirteen were receiving
aid.13 After much discussion on the report of the secretary to the
Convention in 1874, some of it acrimonious, it was voted that the
Board of Education be instructed to "receive every
13 In the report of the Board to the Convention of 1873, Secretary Royall, sought
to allay any criticism that had arisen, saving that the Board had no fear that the
Baptists of the State would not make provision for the beneficiaries, and that in
point of fact they did so, and some weeks before the session opened he had notified
the beneficiaries of their continuance. Later in the report, however, he calls attention
to the deplorable fact that "the average amount contributed by the Baptists of North
Carolina for ministerial education the past year, falls short of two cents per member,
and that only about one church in ten has contributed at all to this object." This note
of regret for lack of interest among the churches is found in other reports of
Secretary Royall.
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