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letters in the Biblical Recorder, the last in December, 1871; he was
then at his old home in New Hampshire; he wrote with appreciation
of his former friends at Wake Forest and showed genuine Christian
sympathy for the distressed Southern people.
Horace A. Wilcox was a graduate of Brown University. He had
attended the Baptist State Convention at its meeting at Country Line
Church in Caswell County in 1836, as agent for the American Baptist
Home Mission Society. On the Convention he made a most favorable
impression and was appointed chairman of the Committee on Home
Missions and that on Foreign Missions, and signed both reports, while
the Convention passed a resolution cordially receiving him and
hoping he might be greatly successful. At the Institute he taught
Logic28 and probably the entire course in Moral Philosophy. But he
was not a very inspiring teacher or lecturer. Brooks says of his lecture
in Logic that it "was not very interesting," while of his sermons and
addresses he says in one place, "his discourse was not very
interesting," and in another "was unexpectedly detained by Brother
Wilcox with a verbose and uninteresting lecture upon the study of the
Scriptures which completely tired us all out." He remained as teacher
only for one year when he was appointed agent of the Institute and
served during the first half of 1838 and possibly the entire year.
Of Alban Hart, the tutor who served in 1836, we know but little.
"There is some reason for believing that he was a scholarly
Englishman, who had studied in Paris, Italy, and Spain, and who after
leaving Wake Forest, started a school in Oxford, North Carolina.29
The following statement by Brooks30 is in complete consistency
with what Sikes had to say of him:
28 Brooks's Diary, under date of September 24, 1837.
29 Major J. M. Crenshaw, a student of the time says: "We had a military company
of which Alban Hart was the major. Professor Hart knew everything in the book,
but very little out of it. He had come from England and lived in France and Spain.
He was the teacher of languages in the Institute, and spent all his vacations in hard
study with the family of Mr. Foster Fort." Wake Forest Student, XXVIII, 305.
80 Diary, February 8, 1836.