90 History of Wake Forest College
the effort to "secure a cash endowment of one hundred thousand
dollars during the next year." The resolutions also advised that it
would be necessary to enlist the entire denomination, and as a means
of doing this suggested the appointment of a central committee "to
district the State and select canvassers for each district in aiding the
general agent." During the day these resolutions were discussed by
about a score of the ablest Baptists of the State, ministers and laymen.
About sundown the resolutions were adopted by a rising vote.
After this time for the next twelve months, with no diminution
except in the last few weeks, the Biblical Recorder is full of matter on
the campaign for endowment. Very often Wingate had as many as
four or five letters in one issue of the paper; in addition there were
leters from Ivey, who had come to his assistance, and from others, and
numerous notices of meetings and reports on the progress of the work.
So far as the Biblical Recorder could effect it, publicity for the
endowment was overdone rather than underdone.
The central committee had its first meeting on November 20, and
agreed upon a plan of operations much as suggested by the resolutions
passed by the Convention. Wingate was appointed secretary and Ivey
assistant secretary to have general direction of the work. The
secretaries were to secure the assistance of associational or regional
canvassers in the associations in all parts of the State, including those
in the Western Baptist Convention, with the purpose of bringing the
appeal for endowment not only to every associational meeting and
church, but also to every individual Baptist, male and female, young
and old, and to any promising
"But now we want all reached. The villages, the hamlets, the most obscure
retreats; all the churches, all the Sunday schools, every man and woman in our wide
denomination must learn of the movement. We want it talked over by the preachers
and the deacons, by the superintendents in the Sunday schools, by the fathers and
mothers around the firesides. Baptists must awake. The common pulse must be
quickened.... Education is in it; the better education of all." W. W. Holden, Biblical
Recorder, December 25, 1872. This was part of the plan of the central committee,
and Wingate and others frequently made much the same statement.