The Board of Education, 1862-1915 463
first year, 1874-75, showed receipts of $1,456.02; the number of
beneficiaries was seventeen.
On July 28, 1875 Mr. Bailey had entered on his work as editor of
the Biblical Recorder. Contrary to his expectation he found his duties
as editor seriously interfering with his work as agent of the Board of
Education,15
and at the first meeting of the Board after the Convention
of that year had asked to be allowed to resign the agency. However, as
the Board did not know where to turn to find another agent, at their
earnest solicitation he consented to continue doing what he could, and
remained until September 1, 1876.
Receipts were small during the spring of 1876. At the beginning of
the year the Board had a debt of $173, and in the spring term it was
undertaking to support fifteen beneficiaries. In this situation Bailey
made several strong appeals for help in the editorial columns of the
Biblical Recorder, saying, on March 1, that unless the appeals met
with response it would be necessary to advise the young men to go
home, and he repeated this statement in stronger terms on March
22.16
Although only a few were stirred by these appeals and urgent requests
by letters, those few did nobly. A Mr. Jerkins of New Bern, not a
member of any church, sent five
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visions for the young preachers, and authorize her never to let her pastor rest till lie
preached about this great work; then the Board could with gladness receive all the
young men who wish to preach, and wish to be educated that they may preach; from
all parts of the State we are receiving applications. They are coming to college.
Won't you, my sister, be a colaborer with me in supporting them?" That his appeal
to the women of the churches was not in vain is shown by his acknowledgment of
its value in the Biblical Recorder of August 4, 1875.
15 Biblical Recorder, August 4, 1875.
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"Unless the friends of this Board bestir themselves and do something for it, we
shall be under the necessity of sending the young ministers home. It is a simple
calculation-there are fifteen young ministers in college; it costs eleven dollars and a
half each to take care of them. This makes $172.50 a month of absolute expenses.
We were in debt last November; we have received very little since. What will you
do? What shall we do? We are dependent upon you.... We know of few calamities
that could befall us that would tell for ill and evil so long as the suspension of this
Board would. But if we can't feed these brethren till June, they had better leave in
time to make a support for themselves, and this is the time. We leave this to the few
brethren and sisters who have to do everything for Christ that is done."
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