The Board of Education, 1862-1915 467
your last meeting. Some idea of the growth of our work may be ob-
tained from the fact that more young men have been aided in securing
an education since your last meeting than during the first fifteen years
of the life of the Convention.
In addition to that already mentioned another great advantage of
having as agent one who was closely connected with the College
became evident during the agency of Professor Mills and continued
thereafter, which was that such an agent, as he visited churches and
associations, came to know the young men who were purposing to
become ministers; he could learn from those who knew them best of
the character and ability and promise of each, their preparation for the
college classes and advise them, gaining information about the
applicants which proved of much value to the Board. There was none
other that could do this work quite so well as a professor in the
Professor Taylor was expected to receive as compensation the
twenty per cent previously voted, but he regularly returned to the
Board about half his stipend, which with the larger collections was
becoming considerable, $600 a year or more; on November 2, 1881,
the Board, doubtless at his suggestion, made the salary $250 a year.
On the resignation of President Taylor on December 8, 1884, Rev.
R. T. Vann, then pastor of the Wake Forest Baptist Church, was
elected agent, or corresponding secretary, and served as such until
January 1, 1888. At the Convention of 1885 the Board reported
collections of $3,656.58, and forty-two beneficiaries aided for longer
or shorter periods, and the Convention raised, mostly in pledges, $350
to liquidate the debt. In 1886 the report showed the number aided was
forty-two, the same as the previous year, but collections fell to
$3,222.26. In 1887, however, collections were more than $1,000
larger, reaching $4,192.40, $500 more than any previous year; thirty-
nine young men had been aided, the debt had been paid and there was
a small balance in the treasury.
In June, 1887, Dr. Vann had offered his resignation as agent, but on
the request of the Board he continued to serve while a
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