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Danville, Ky., June 15, 1886
Pursuant to adjournment the Board of Trustees met in the session room of the 2nd Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. The following members were present: Rev. Thomas H. Cleland, D.D., William H. Kinnaird, Esq., Edward W. C. Humphrey, Esq., John W. Scott, M.D., Rev. Heman H. Allen, D.D., Rev. William C. Young, D.D., Rev. Stephen Yerkes, D.D., Rev. James P. Hendrick, D.D., George Nicholas, Esq., Rev. William C. Condit, George W. Welsh, Esq., James Barbour, Esq., William Ernst, Esq., Robert P. Jacobs, Esq.
In the absence of the Chairman of the Board, Rev. Edward P. Humphrey, D.D., James Barbour, Esq., was elected Chairman pro tem., and the meeting was opened with prayer by Dr. Yerkes. On motion Rev. W. C. Condit was appointed assistant secretary, pro tem.
The minutes of the last regular meeting of the Board held in Danville, June 15, 16 and 17, 1885, and also the minutes of the meeting held in Louisville December 22, 1885, were read and approved.
The Financial Report was read in part, but the reading was suspended in order to hear the report of Dr. McKee in regard to his Evangelistic and Agency work. After Dr. McKee's report was presented, the reading of the Financial Report was resumed & completed.
Dr. McKee's report is as follows:
Danville, Ky., April 1, 1886
Annual Report of Evangelistic & Agency Work.
At the request of the Board, my report in last June was made in three parts, viz. Part 1st, from April 1, 1884, to November 16, 1884; Part 2nd, from November 16, 1884, to April 1, 1885; and Part 3rd, from April 1, 1885, to June 15, 1885.
Part 1st was correct. The report was made out hurriedly, and there were a few slight errors in Parts 2nd & 3rd. Therefore this report commences at November 16, 1884, and continues to April 1, 1886, covering Parts 2nd & 3rd of last report.
November 16, 1884 - Under an agreement with a committee of this Board, I commenced my agency this date.
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Salary of Vice President, Notes
|December 3, 1884||Mrs. L. D. Ray,
one note payable in five years with interest from date
|April 27, 1885||Mrs. M. Barret,
one note payable in ten years with interest from date.
Endowment of Vice President's Chair
|December 1884||A. J. Grundy, one note payable in five years without interest.||$1,000.00|
Salary of Vice President - Cash Donations
|November 1884||W. H. Mitchell||$400.00|
|November 1884||Mrs. E. J. Turpin||$500.00|
|December 1884||H. B. Dean||$5.00|
|December 1884||A. Canby||$1.25|
|December 31, 1884||Traveling expenses November & December||$8.95|
|February 27, 1885||paid Dr. Ormond Beatty||$500.00||$508.95|
Free Will Offerings
|February 1885||Lafayette Park Church, St. Louis,
less traveling expenses
|April 1, 1885||Four & one half months' preaching at Harrodsburg,
less traveling & incidental expenses
For Improving College Home
|November 1884||J. M. Crawford - four notes||$80.00|
|Preached at Harrodsburg - Sermons 36|
|Preached at other points - Sermons 48|
Annual Report from April 1, 1885, to April 1, 1886
Salary of Vice President - Cash Donations
|May 1885||Miss B. H. Anthony||$20.00|
|May 1885||Mrs. Susan Taylor||$10.00|
|July 1885||James Curry||$100.00|
|July 1885||Wellington Harlan||$2.00|
|November 1885||William Sumner||$100.00|
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|December 16, 1885||Received of Ormond Beatty from Mrs. Ray - interest||$150.00|
|December 16, 1885||Interest & principle in part from Mrs. Barret||$100.00|
|January 1886||William Hubbard||$50.00|
|April 1, 1885||Balance brought forward||$402.30|
|December 23, 1885||Received of Ormond Beatty||$500.00|
|April 24, 1885||Paid Ormond Beatty||$11.25|
Free Will Offerings
|May 1885||James Weir||$20.00|
|May 1885||Owensboro Church||$25.00|
|August 1885||Midway Church||$65.00|
|September 1885||Caney Fork||$7.00|
|February 1886||1st & 2nd Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, less traveling expenses||$188.85|
For Improving College Home - Notes
|April 1885||Harrodsburg Church||$38.00|
|April 1885||Lexington Church||$200.00|
|April 1885||Lancaster Church||$16.00|
|April 1885||Frankfort Church||$8.00|
|May 5, 1885||Cloverport Church||$3.00|
|May 5, 1885||Owensboro||$130.00|
|May 24 1885||Hopkinsville||$25.00|
|June 1885||Bowling Green||$18.00|
|July 20, 1885||Harrodsburg||$3.00|
|August 17, 1885||Mt. Sterling||$7.00|
|November 1, 1885||John A. Simpson||$100.00|
|November 1, 1885||J. C. Hanauer||$5.00|
|November 5, 1885||Mrs. W. H. Porter||$30.00|
|November 24, 1885||Judge John W. Barr||$25.00|
|November 24, 1885||A. P. Humphrey||$100.00|
|November 18, 1885||R. Knott||$5.00|
|November 18, 1885||Mrs. G. E. Moody||$5.00|
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|November 18, 1885||Miss Hallie Quigley||$20.00|
|November 18, 1885||G. E. Simonson||$10.00|
|November 18, 1885||John B. Temple||$25.00|
|November 18, 1885||College St. Church (in sums less than $5)||$27.00|
|June 15, 1885||Traveling expenses April 1 to date||$51.88|
|December 12, 1885||Traveling expenses June 15 to date||$55.13||$107.01|
|All the foregoing sums were paid to Ormond Beatty.|
General Fund - Notes
|November 1885||William Ernst - one note payable in five equal annual payments, without interest||$5,000.00|
Furnishing College Home Rooms - Cash
|September 18, 1885||Mamie Hawkins' Class||$15.00|
|September 9, 1885||Mrs. James Weir||$75.00|
|December 1, 1885||$47.50|
|February 12, 1886||Mamie Hawkins' Class||$26.00|
|March 26, 1886||Mamie Hawkins' Class||$9.00|
|October 1885||John Wanamaker for 5 ash wardrobes||$55.00|
|October 1885||One double ash bedstead||$4.60|
|January 1, 1886||Setting up 5 wardrobes||$1.25|
|January 1, 1886||5 sets castors||$1.25|
|January 1, 1886||Welsh & Wiseman for carpets||$63.78||$125.88|
The five hundred dollars paid me for Agency Work from November 16, 1884, to June 15, 1885, was taken exclusively from donations to the salary of Vice President. The five hundred dollars given by Mrs. John McElroy as a present to my wife,deductedd from the deficits in salary.
From April 1, 1885, to April 1, 1886, I preached as follows:
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|July||2nd Presbyterian Church Danville||2|
|October||2nd [Presbyterian] Church, Danville||1|
|December||M.E. Church, Danville||3|
|January||2nd [Presbyterian] Church, Danville||1|
|January||1st Church, Kansas City||29|
|February||2nd Church, Kansas City||14|
|March||De Funiak Springs, Fla.||3|
During the whole period from November 16, 1884, to April 1, 1886, I performed my usual work in College, except that last fall I omitted my Bible lectures and for the first time the class in Moral Philosophy. I have done what I could through this whole period to collect the money due the College. The Financial Report will show the result.
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On motion the report of Dr. McKee was referred to a committee consisting of Messrs. Ernst, Scott, and Edward W. C. Humphrey.
The report of the Faculty was then read and referred to a committee consisting of Messrs. Yerkes and Kinnaird. This report, with accompanying papers, is as follows:
The Faculty of the Centre College of Kentucky desire to submit the following report to the Board of Trustees and the Synod of Kentucky, as showing the condition of the College during the year that will end June 17, 1886.
The Faculty have all been present, and but few interruptions have occurred in their daily work, except in one case of severe illness.
The number of students enrolled has been 186 in all departments. The number in actual attendance at any one time has been less. Several were compelled to leave from inability to perform the required work.
A large proportion of our students come from the poorer ranks of society with very little means at command, and every year we lose some who are unable to remain from want of money to meet their expenses even on the most economical basis. The past year has furnished cases of this character, and individual members of the Faculty have been obliged to help, out of their own small salaries, two of the best men in the College, both candidates for the ministry, in order to retain them in the institution.
The President has received many letters containing expressions of a desire to attend the College if pecuniary aid could be given the writers.
The moral and religious character of the students as a body is good; cases of discipline even of a milder type have been rare.
Since we have entered on the year's work, one of our most promising students in the graduating class, the resident of a neighboring state, has declared his pur-
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pose of entering the Gospel Ministry in connection with the Presbyterian Church.
The plan, adopted some years ago, consisting of morning exercises in chapel, lectures by Dr. McKee, and one weekly lesson in the Bible for each class as a recitation, has been continued and appears to be the only available plan to reach all the students.
The management of this remains in the same hands. Some necessary repairs have been made during the year, but still it is quite unfit in respect to light and ventilation for the work of a student.
Mr. J. B. Walton still continues in charge under the same arrangement.
The series of lectures by Dr. L. McMurtry on Physiology and Hygiene were again kindly repeated by him free of expense to the College and contained much valuable information for the students.
Library and Museum
The accompanying papers, including a copy of the annual catalogue, which are a part of this report, will show the state of these two auxiliaries.
It has been the practice for some years among the foremost colleges to make the Library a prominent factor in instruction, using it both as a study-room and work-room, either for the regular labors of the student or as a help in such extra work as may be from time to time assigned him. A salaried officer is appointed whose special duty it is to keep order, to direct the labors of the pupil, to point out authorities, and give such proper assistance as may be needed. This may involve some expense not provided for in our case, but the Faculty desire to present this matter as one engaging the attention of educators, at the present time, in a large degree, and as worthy the attention of the Board whenever circumstances shall justify.
Although our Library is very poorly supplied with modern books of reference in the various departments, yet it is believed much good could be accom
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plished even with the present equipment, in teaching the pupil to help himself, and thus train him for better progress when thrown on his own resources.
The Faculty would recommend that the degree of A.B. be conferred on
John L. Anderson
George W. Broadus
Thomas R. Browne, Jr.
Achilles E. Davis
George E. Davis
Robert W. Eastland
Hugh M. Grant
Samuel H. Hogsett
|Thomas S. McWilliams
Stonewall J. Pulliam
Shelley D. Rouse
John M. Rupley
James A. Stout
George A. Titterington
Washington C. Whitthorne, Jr.
And the degree of B.S. on William E. Bryce.
A.M. in course on Richard B. Metcalfe, Class of 1861; Charles W. Metcalfe, Class of 1883; Peter G. Smoot, Class of 1883; Andrew F. Evans, Class of 1882; Hartwell P. Grider, Class of 1882.
A.M. Honorary on J. M. Holloway, M.D., Louisville; W. A. Obenchain, Ogden College, Bowling Green.
L.L.D. on Hon. William C. P. Breckinridge, Class of 1855; Hon. John M. Martin, Class of 1856; Hon. Joseph C. S. Blackburn, Class of 1857.
D.D. on Rev. L. F. Walker, Oxford, O.; Rev. W. L. Green, Paynette, Wis.; Rev.Williamm. Torrance, Greensburg, Ind.
The Faculty would respectfully invite the attention of the Board to a paper marked "A" in connection with this report, as a matter of interest to the Literary Societies of the College.
(Signed) Alfred B. Nelson, Secretary Faculty
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The paper "A" referred to in the preceding report is as follows:
In order the better to promote the cultivation of oratory among the students of Centre College, the Faculty would respectfully recommend to the Board of Trustees the following plan for their approval.
1st. An annual celebration by the Literary Societies shall be held consisting of the delivery of original orations, and shall be called The Oratorical Contest.
2nd. Three students appointed by each Society shall participate in this contest, and the Societies shall be free to select from the whole body of students.
3rd. Two gold medals suitably inscribed shall be awarded to the successful competitors: First Medal, cost $15, for the best oration, and Second Medal, costing $10, for the second best oration.
4th. The award shall be made by an impartial committee appointed by the Faculty, consisting of three persons who have had no connection with either Society.
5th. The Board of Trustees shall be requested to appropriate $25 for the purchase of the medals to be awarded.
6th. The plan herein proposed shall not be mandatory, but the Societies shall have the option of its acceptance or rejection.
7th. In case of its acceptance, the first contest shall be held in June, 1887, and shall take the place of the usual Society exercises held at that time.
(Signed) Alfred B. Nelson, Secretary Faculty
The following is a summary of the Librarian's Report:
|Public documentsreceivedd from Washington||184 volumes|
|Lord's Beacon Lights received from Dr. J. L. McKee||5|
|Sermons received from Rev. T. C. Montfort||1|
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|Brought forward||190 vols.|
|The Marshall Family received from W. M. Paxton||1|
|A. Political Crime received from A. M. Gibson||1|
|Reviews, Chiefly foreign received from Dr. Ormond Beatty||96|
|Miscellaneous Work, purchased||37|
|Total added during year||325|
|Total from last report||5,048|
|Total June 16, 1886||5,373|
There has been received some miscellaneous matter in the form of pamphlets and newspapers, amounting to 82 pieces - most of it transitory value.
(Signed) John C. Fales, Librarian
The report on the Museum is as follows:
|Entries as below:||Entries||Specimens|
|Number entries at beginning of year||2,989|
|Number at date (June 16, 1886)||3,028|
(Signed) John C. Fales, Prof. in charge
The report on the Scientific Fund shows receipts
|August 14, 1885||Cash, General Appropriation||$50.00|
|August 14, 1885||Cash, Special Appropriation||$150.00|
|October 13, 1885||Cash, Scott Fund||$30.00|
|June 1, 1885||Expenditures to date||$175.87|
|Balance on hand||$54.13|
The Board then took recess until 8 p.m.
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8 p.m. The Board reassembled.
A partial report was made by the committee (Messrs. Welsh & Jacobs) on the Williams legacy. The Committee was continued, and directed and authorized to settle the whole business, and to institute legal proceedings at their discretion, if it is necessary to do so.
On behalf of the Committee on the Theological Fund, consisting of Messrs. Jacobs & Temple, Mr. Jacobs stated that no report had been prepared. The Committee was continued and Mr. Barbour substituted for Mr. Temple.
Dr. Beatty tendered his resignation as Secretary of the Board. The Board declined to accept the resignation, but appointed Prof. Alfred B. Nelson assistant secretary, and J. A. Cheek treasurer.
The action of the Board touching this matter is embodied in the following resolutions.
Resolved, That the Board decline to accept the resignation of Dr. Beatty as secretary; but to relieve Dr. Beatty the Board elects Alfred B. Nelson assistant secretary of the Board, and further orders that the duties of the Secretary be to attend all meetings of the Board and keep the minutes of its proceedings, and to present to the Board all communications & reports to the Board; and the duties of the assistant Secretary shall be to discharge all the other duties heretofore devolving upon the Secretary, and to be alone responsible for their faithful discharge, except the report as to the condition of the funds of the College and other funds under the control of the Board, and for which the Board will make further provision with a view to relieve the Secretary.
Resolved, further, that J. A. Cheek of Danville, be and he is hereby appointed Treasurer of the Board, and he is authorized to pay all accounts approved, and on orders drawn by the
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Secretary or Assistant Secretary of the Board, and to have the exclusive charge of the moneys and all notes, and he is to make the financial report to the Board heretofore made by the Secretary. As Mr. Cheek has offered to perform the duties of Treasurer without compensation, the Board accepts his offer and returns to him the thanks of the Board therefore.
The following minute was adopted in regard to the sale of the Fox lot: It was reported by the Secretary that a deed had been made to Mr. William Cheek by the Chairman of the Board, as directed by order at a former meeting of the Board, to the lot in or near Danville known as "the Fox lot", and which was approved by the Board.
The following degrees were then conferred:
A.M. in course on Richard B. Metcalfe, Class of 1861; Hartwell P. Grider, Class of 1882; Andrew F. Evans, Class of 1882; Charles W. Metcalfe, Class of 1883; Peter G. Smoot, Class of 1883; John Burgin, Class of 1883; Robert L. Pulliam, Class of 1883; Clarence McAlister, Class of 1883; Maggie Randolph, Class of 1883; Leila S. McKee, Class of 1883.
A.M. honorary on J. M. Holloway, M.D., Louisville, Ky.; W. A. Obenchain, President, Ogden College, Bowling Green; Sam M. Burdette, Louisville, Ky.
D.D. on Rev. L. F. Walker, President, Oxford Female College, Oxford, O.; Rev. W. L. Green, Poynette, Wis.
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Rev. William Cutter Condit, Class 1863, Ashland, Ky.
L.L.D. on Hon. John M. Martin, M.C. Prof., University of Alabama, Class of 1856; Hon. William C. P. Breckinridge, M.C., Lexington, Ky., Class of 1855; Hon. Joseph C. S. Blackburn, M.C., Class of 1857
The Secretary of the Board reported that Dr. McKee had accepted a proposition made to him in a resolution passed by the Board of Trustees at its meeting in Danville, June 17, 1885, & recorded on pages 146 & 147 of the minutes; and in accordance with that proposition his note to the Trustees for $3,500 had been surrendered to him. A copy of said resolution was presented with Dr. McKee's signature attached, declaring his acceptance of the same. The Board directed a record to be made of the fact and the paper with Dr. McKee's acceptance of the same to be filed.
A telegram was received from Dr. John Jones resigning his office as trustee, and the Secretary was directed to report it to the Synod.
The Board then adjourned to meet at 9 p.m. tomorrow morning and was closed with prayer by Dr. Cleland.
The Board reassembled and the minutes of yesterday were read & approved for record.
Prof. Cheek laid before the Board a request for a year's leave of absence in order to pursue his studies in Europe, provided he could get a suitable person to fill his place during his absence. The case was referred to the Faculty with power to act as they see fit.
Upon motion Dr. Beatty was permitted, at his request, to surrender the trust of what is known as The Scott Trust Fund, and to pass this Fund into the hands of the Treasurer of the College and to take his receipt for the same.
The Committee on the Faculty Report offered a
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report which was accepted and adopted. It is as follows.
The Committee on the Faculty Report respectfully report:
1. They have examined the financial statement of Prof. Fales and the accompanying vouchers, and find them correct with one exception, viz. in the statement of payments made to Prof. Fales, Queen & Co.'s bill is put down at $43.35, making an error of $2 against himself. The error, however, is corrected in the summing up.
2. We recommend the approval of the report of the Faculty. As to the use of the Library for the benefit of the students in the way, suggested in the report, we recommend that inasmuch as the Board can make no appropriation in this behalf at the present time, the Faculty be requested to act in the matter as they see fit.
3. The Board joins the Faculty in thanks to Drs. Martin, McMurtry, and Johnstone for their gratuitous services in lecturing to the students.
4. We accept the judgment of the Faculty in the matter of "The Oratorical Contest" and approve the plan presented in the paper accompanying the Report to the Board.
(Signed) Stephen Yerkes, William H. Kinnaird
The standing committees were reappointed and Mr. Nichols was added to the committee on investment in place of Mr. Temple. These committees are as follows:
Financial Committee: Messrs. Ormond Beatty, George W. Welsh, and Robert P. Jacobs
Committee on Repairs: Messrs. John C. Fales, George W. Welsh, & Guy E. Wiseman
Auditing Committee: Messrs. Robert P. Jacobs & George W. Welsh
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Committee on Investments: Messrs. Edward P. Humphrey, Edward W. C. Humphrey, William C. Young, & George Nichols
The committee on nominations for President of Centre College reported as follows:
The Committee appointed to nominate a President for Centre College report that they are not at this time prepared to make a recommendation to the Board & refer the matter to the Board.
(Signed) Thomas H. Cleland, William H. Kinnaird, William Ernst, John W. Scott
The report was received & the Committee discharged.
It was moved & carried that the Board proceed now to the election of a President by ballot. The Board then took a recess until 3 p.m.
The Board resumed business. The ballot taken for the election of a President resulted in eleven cast for Dr. William C. Young & two blanks - not resulting in an election.
The Board then proceeded to take the ballot for temporary President, which resulted in ten votes for Dr. William C. Young & three blanks. A committee consisting of Messrs. Welsh and Edward W. C. Humphrey was appointed to wait on Dr. Young and inform him of the action of the Board.
On motion the degree of A.B. was in accordance with the recommendation of the Faculty conferred on the following sixteen young gentlemen:
J. L. Anderson
G. W. Broadus
T. R. Browne, Jr.
A. E. Davis
G. E. Davis
R. W. Eastland
H. M. Grant
S. H. Hogsett
|T. S. McWilliams
S. J. Pulliam
S. D. Rouse
J. M. Rupley
J. A. Stout
G. A. Titterington
W. C. Whitthorne, Jr.
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and the degree of B.S. on W. E. Bryce
The Committee on Dr. McKee's report on his financial & evangelistic work made a report which was adopted. It is as follows:
The Committee to whom was referred the report of Dr. McKee of his agency & evangelistic work respectfully report:
In October 1884, the Board, at a meeting held in Louisville, impressed with the importance of large accommodations in the College Home, unanimously resolved to raise, if possible, $25,000 within one year for that purpose, and also to increase the philosophical apparatus in the scientific department of the College. Subsequently Dr. McKee was appointed to secure that amount. In Nov. following Dr. McKee entered upon that work.
From the report submitted to your committee it appears that since Dr. McKee entered upon this special work in November 1884, the aggregate of collections and subscriptions to the College Home amount to only $2,360, and for furnishing rooms in the Home $172.50, making a total for the Home of $2,532.50.
That during the same time he secured for the Vice President's salary notes and cash to the amount of $4,193.25, exclusive of the free-will offerings received in his evangelistic work; and for the endowment of the Vice President's Chair $1,000; also for the general fund of the College a note for $5,000.
It will be seen from the foregoing statement that Dr. McKee's agency, so far as the main object of it, viz. to procure funds for the improvement & enlargement of the College Home is concerned, has been almost a failure and a sad disappointment of the expectations raised by his report of April 1,
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This result raises the question of the expediency of continuing the agency. Your committee are of the opinion that no further efforts should be made at present among the churches to raise money for the College endowment fund & the endowment of the Vice President's chair, nor for any other purpose connected with the College, and that at no time hereafter shall appeals be made under the authority of this Board for contributions to the Vice President's salary. They recommend, therefore, that the agency be terminated. But in making this recommendation the Committee would not be understood as discouraging efforts to increase the general endowment fund of the College, or to complete the endowment of the Vice President's chair by appeals to individual friends of the College as opportunity is offered.
In reference to the note of Mrs. S. D. Ray for $2,500 and Mrs. Barret for $500, reported as given for the Vice President's salary, your committee are of opinion that the interest only of said notes should be so applied, and that the principal should be added to the fund for the endowment of the Vice President's chair, and they so recommend. Their recommendation applies to any other notes of a similar character that may be held by the College.
(Signed) William Ernst, Edward W. C. Humphrey, John W. Scott
The Committee appointed to wait on Dr. Young reported that he declined to accept the office tendered to him.
On motion the Board adopted the following paper expressing their continuous confidence in Dr. Beatty & requesting him to remain in charge of Centre College.
Resolved that the Board of Trustees hereby expresses its continued confidence in Dr. Beatty, and that in view of the fact that another President of the
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College has not been secured at this meeting of the Board, Dr. Beatty is to continue in his office as President; and if he desires any relief in the branches of study taught by him the Faculty of the College is authorized to make such arrangement in regard to any study, the instruction of which Dr. Beatty may desire to give up, by transferring the same to the other instructors now in the College, as the Faculty may deem best.
The Secretary of the Board was requested to call Dr. McKee's attention to the order of last year in regard to the time he was to give to his duties in the College.
The Board adopted the following paper in regard to lending the funds of the College:
A proposition having been made by Rev. John L. McKee, D.D., to effect a loan of $10,000 of the funds of the College, the following minute was adopted:
The Board does not approve the policy of lending the funds of the College to any individual connected with the Institution either as professor or trustee, and the Financial Committee is hereby instructed to act accordingly.
Drs. Humphrey and Young and Mr. Edward W. C. Humphrey were appointed a Committee to prepare a memorial of Mr. John B. Temple and report at the next annual meeting of the Board.
The following paper in regard to vacancies in the Board was adopted:
Resolved, That Rev. John Jones & Rev. Robert Christie having tendered their resignation of the office of trustee of Centre College, the resignations of Messrs. Jones & Christie be and the same are hereby accepted, and Mr. John B. Temple having departed this life, a vacancy is created in the office of trustee held by him; and it appearing to the Board that Hon. Tyler T. Alexander, who was elected a trustee of the College, has failed to attend the meetings of the Board for two years last past, a vacancy is hereby ordered in the case of the office
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of trustee to which he was elected.
The minutes were then read and approved and the Board took recess until after the public exercises tonight.
The Board met & resumed business. On motion the vacancies in the Board were filled as follows:
John J. Hogsett in place of Tyler T. Alexander
J. S. Landes in place of John B. Temple
Rev. J. M. Blayney, D.D., in place of Robert Christie
Rev. Julius W. Waldon in place of John Jones
On motion, Dr. Beatty was unanimously requested to withdraw his resignation & continue President of Centre College, which request Dr. Beatty acceded to, and Mr. James Barbour, as temporary Chairman, was requested to announce the same publicly at the Commencement exercises tomorrow; and also to see that is advertised in the newspapers.
On motion, the Faculty and Financial Committee were empowered to employ a canvasser for students.
The minutes were read and approved. The Board then adjourned to meet on the Tuesday before the third Thursday in June 1887.
Closed with prayer by Dr. Cleland.
[The following minutes should have preceded the foregoing.]
Danville, Ky., April 13, 1886
Pursuant to adjournment the Board of Trustees of Centre College met in Danville, and was organized with Dr. Edward P. Humphrey in the Chair. There were present: Rev. Edward P. Humphrey, D.D., Rev. Stephen Yerkes, D.D., Robert P. Jacobs, Esq., Rev. William C. Condit, Rev. Heman H. Allen, D.D., Dr. John W. Scott, William Kinnaird, George W. Welsh,
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Rev. Thomas H. Cleland, D.D., Rev. William C. Young, D.D., William Ernst, Edward W. C. Humphrey, Esq., George Nicholas, Rev. James P. Hendrick, D.D.
The following paper was submitted, and after discussion was adopted, first in sections and then as a whole.
The Committee of the Trustees of Centre College appointed at the meeting in Louisville, December 22, 1885, to consider and recommend to the Board a plan by which to utilize to a higher degree the Theological Fund of the College and the Theological Fund of the Synod, beg to report:
1st. That it is at this time unnecessary and inexpedient to ask the General Assembly to alter or amend any portion of the contracts and covenants entered into between said Assembly and the Synod of Kentucky and the Trustees of Centre College with regard to the use of the income arising from the two funds known as The Theological Fund of the Synod of Kentucky and theTheologicall Fund of Centre College.
2nd. We respectfully recommend to the Board of Directors of the Danville Theological Seminary when they meet in joint session with us (The Trustees of Centre College) April 13th inst. at 7:30 p.m., to consent to an agreement with us by which a full course of theological instruction shall be provided for by them in said Seminary, to be given by such competent instructors as they can obtain in addition to the present professor, Rev. Stephen Yerkes, D.D.
3rd. We venture further to recommend that so much of the income of the Theological Seminary be expended for instruction for the next year, as
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is equal to the salary heretofore paid to one full professor, viz. $2,500 out of the funds of the Seminary proper.
Your Committee venture to express the hope that if these recommendations are received with favor by the Board which appointed them, and are approved and acted upon by the Board of Directors of the Theological Seminary, there will, in the near future, be found a goodly number of pious men who desire to preach the Gospel but who have reached or passed their majority without a liberal education, who when informed that provision is here made to give them a thorough theological training, and at the same time to enable them to make up their literary deficiencies, will gladly avail themselves of its benefits.
Respectfully submitted, (Signed) James P. Hendrick, William C. Young, Robert P. Jacobs, Stephen Yerkes
The Board then adjourned.
Ormond Beatty, Secretary, Alfred B. Nelson, Assistant Secretary
List of Trustees
|1887||Rev. Heman H. Allen, D.D.|
|1887||Rev. Stephen Yerkes, D.D.|
|1887||Rev. William C. Young, D.D.|
|1887||Rev. James P. Hendrick, D.D.|
|1887||*Rev. J. Mc Blaney, D.D.|
|1887||*Rev. Claud D. H. Martin, D.D.|
|1887||George Nicholas, Esq.|
|1888||Rev. Edward P. Humphrey, D.D.|
|1888||Rev. William C. Condit, D.D.|
|1888||George W. Welsh, Esq.|
|1888||William Ernst, Esq.|
|1888||James Barbour, Esq.|
|1888||Robert P. Jacobs, Esq.|
|1889||*Rev. Thomas H. Cleland, D.D.|
|1889||*Rev. Julius W. Walden|
|1889||*Rev. Edward L. Warren|
|1889||*William H. Kinnaird, Esq.|
|1889||*Edward W. C. Humphrey, Esq.|
|1889||*James A. Curry, Esq.|
|*Elected by Synod of 1886|
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Lexington, Ky., November 30, 1886
The Board of Trustees of Centre College, pursuant to call of the Chairman, convened in the parlors of Dr. John W. Scott, the Chairman, Rev. Edward P. Humphrey, D.D., occupying the Chair. The following members were present: Rev. Edward P. Humphrey, D.D., Rev. Heman H. Allen, D.D., Rev. Stephen Yerkes, D.D., Rev. James P. Hendrick, D.D., Rev. J. McBlayney, D.D., Rev. Claud B. H. Martin, D.D., Rev. William C. Condit, D.D., George W. Welsh, Sr., Esq., William Ernst, Esq., Robert P. Jacobs, Esq., James A. Curry, Esq., Rev. Thomas H. Cleland, D.D., Rev. Edward L. Warren, George Nicholas, Esq., James Barbour, Esq., Edward W. C. Humphrey, Esq.
The oath of office was administered to the newly elected members, to wit, Messrs. Thomas H. Cleland, Edward L. Warren, Edward W. C. Humphrey, James A. Curry, J. McBlayney, and Claude B. H. Martin. The session was opened with prayer by Rev. Heman H. Allen, D.D. Rev. William C. Condit, D.D., was elected secretary pro tem. Dr. John W. Scott was invited to sit with the Board in its sessions.
On motion it was resolved that the expenses of the members in attending the meeting of the Board should be paid out of the College treasury.
On motion the Board proceeded to the business of electing a President of Centre College. A letter from Dr. Ormond Beatty tendering his resignation of the office was read, and upon motion it was accepted to take effect on the qualification of his successor.
A committee consisting of Drs. Humphrey and Blayney and William Ernst, Esq., was appointed to prepare suitable resolutions to be adopted by the Board in view of Dr. Beatty's retirement
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from the Presidency of the College.
On motion the Board then entered into a free conversation touching the matter of electing a President.
On motion the Board proceeded to receive nominations and the following names were proposed: Rev. William C. Young, D.D., and Rev. Y. P. Hendy, D.D.
On motion a ballot was then taken resulting in fourteen (14) votes for Dr. Young and two (2) for Dr. Hendy. Dr. Young was thereupon declared elected President of Centre College.
On motion his salary was fixed at $2,000 and the use of the house heretofore occupied by his predecessor.
On motion Rev. Edward P. Humphrey, D.D., and Rev. Edward L. Warren were appointed a committee to inform Dr. Young of his election.
A committee consisting of Drs. Humphrey & Blayney, and Mr. William Ernst was appointed to confer with Dr. Beatty and the Faculty, with a view of devising some plan whereby Dr. Beatty shall continue in the Faculty, and also to determine the course of instruction to be given by him.
A vote of thanks was tendered by the Board to Dr. Scott and his wife for their abounding hospitality.
On motion the Board then adjourned.
(Signed) William C. Condit, Secretary pro tem