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He was the one man who had been able to impart his enthusiasm for
the new school to the Baptist people of the State and to enlist their
support. Owing primarily to the financial stringency of the times but
partly also to the fact that the Wake Forest faculty was composed of
men from New England who were hardly in sympathy with Southern
ideals, of which fact the enemies of the Institute seem to have made
much, the number of students at Wake Forest had declined to such an
extent, the total number being fifty-one in 1838, that in the report that
year, it was declared that the want of students was the principal
discouragement under which the Institute was laboring and the chief
obstacle in the way of its progress. After this year no report on Wake
Forest College was made to the Convention. It was a time when such
a man as Armstrong was needed. He might have done much to
reawaken interest in the College and reestablish it in the affections of
the Baptists of the State. His going brought division and apathy in the
ranks of its friends at a time when it was in sorest need.
Armstrong went in 1841 to Columbus, Mississippi, where he
became pastor of the Baptist Church; in 1842 he married Mrs. Pamela
Pouncey a lady of fortune. He died on September 15,
For some reason, which does not now appear, the Executive
Committee of the Board removed Richardson from his professorship
at the end of 1839, and their action was approved at the full meeting
of the Board in July, 1840. That he still had friends at Wake Forest is
shown by the fact that the Wake Forest Baptist Church gave him on
October 10, 1840, a letter of dismissal and a "recommendation." He is
reported in the list of Baptist ministers in the State in the Convention
minutes of 1842, with Raleigh as his postoffice. Somewhat later Wait
recommended him to Dr. R. C. B. Howell, then at Nashville,
Tennessee, as a proper man for a professorship in Bethel College;
probably he went to that place. After the War he had several
For a comprehensive sketch of Armstrong see Paschal, Wake Forest Student,
XLVI, 341 ff.
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