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proposed that the amount be one hundred thousand dollars and that
the Baptists of the State lay aside all other concerns for a year and
raise the amount in one supreme effort. At the same time he urged the
importance of putting the College in wills, and spoke of "perpetual
loans," that is, loans on which the maker would be paid a stipulated
per cent year by year until his death.
In the meantime Rev. John Mitchell was prosecuting his agency
with moderate success, though it was evident that he would have to be
satisfied with much less than the proposed fifty thousand. Interest in
the larger endowment, however, continued to grow, and President
Wingate and the Trustees of the College came up to the meeting of
the Baptist State Convention in Fayetteville, November 6-9, 1872,
already intent on the prosecution of an intensive campaign during the
year 1873 in one supreme effort to add one hundred thousand dollars
to the endowment. In pursuance of their object they appointed a
committee known as the Central Committee, composed of W. T.
Brooks, John G. Williams, W. H. Avera, W. T. Walters, W. W.
Holden, J. L. Stewart, J. M. Heck, J. H. Mills, and T. H. Pritchard, to
which committee was added as secretary W. M. Wingate. The
Trustees also voted to secure as an agent Elder F. H. Ivey, a graduate
of the College in the class of 1860, who after service in the
Confederate States Army had been ordained as a minister, and since
1863 had been pastor of the Baptist Church at Athens, Georgia. An
inspection of the names will show that the committee was composed
of able men. Most of them have already been frequently mentioned in
this work. John G. Williams was a banker of Raleigh, and J. M. Heck
was a prominent business man of the same city. W. H. Avera was a
successful business man of Smithfield.
The Trustees, however, took this action only after the Convention
had endorsed the plan. On the previous day, November 8, the
Convention had except for the adoption without discussion of the
report of the Board of Education devoted the morning and afternoon
sessions to the subject. First, on a great tide of enthusiasm Rev. J. D.
Hufham came before the Convention with a series of resolutions
pledging cooperation with the Trustees in