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payable in three annual installments, January 1, 1836, 1837, 1838, but
with the proviso that the building was to be completed by January 1,
1837, a circumstance which added to many others of like character
goes to show that Captain Berry showed much liberality to the
Institute.
Nor must we fail to state that the members of the Building
Committee by pledging their private property secured the prompt
erection of the College Building. The spirit of sacrifice which they
showed in this matter seems to have caused much enthusiasm among
their brethren. Nor was recognition of their noble action confined to
this State. It was told all over the Union, and I think it fit that I should
quote here a letter which appeared in the American Baptist of
Philadelphia, July, 1836. It reads:
It is with no small degree of surprise as well as pleasure that I have learned the
rapid progress the institution-Wake Forest Institute-bas made, and the despatch with
which its friends have procured the erection of commodious and substantial
buildings. Not quite two and one-half years have elapsed since the Institution com-
menced operations, and amidst opposition and indifference in a section of country
where such efforts were somewhat novel and were complicated by long established
prejudices. The number of students has become 120, as large a number as can at
present be accommodated, and a handsome, substantial structure at a cost of
$20,000 is nearly completed. I have recently learned in conversation with a
gentleman who is well acquainted with the origin and progress of the institution the
secret of this unlooked for advancement. Several individuals constituting a building
committee nobly pledged their own private property to the cause, and thus secured
the immediate execution of the work. The names of Charles W. Skinner, Dr. Joseph
B. Outlaw, William Crenshaw, Amos J. Battle, and Aaron J. Spivey should be
known as an example of others. Let their zeal and liberality stimulate their Northern
brethren to similar exertions.24
At the meeting of the Board on July 1, 1835, David Thompson,
John Armstrong and A. Dockery were appointed a committee on
ceremonies in laying the corner stone of the College Building, and the
committee reported. There was, however, no
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Reprinted in the Biblical Recorder, August 10,
1836.
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