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Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic, Natural Philosophy, Historiae Sacrae,
Caesar, Cicero's Orations, Greek Testament, etc., etc.
The Committee having learned from the instructors that no portion
of the above studies had been selected, upon which the proficiency of
the students should be tested, and that they were prepared on any and
every particular of the course embraced by the session, were highly
gratified with the promptness and precision with which they met the
various questions propounded on the English studies and the facility
and correctness with which they construed Latin and Greek.
With the whole examination the Committee are well satisfied. They
are convinced that the young gentlemen have a good understanding of
the studies to which their attention has been directed, and as far as
they collected the opinions of the visitors, similar views with those of
the Committee were entertained and equal satisfaction expressed.
The Examining Committee are reluctantly compelled to announce
to the public that owing to the want of room for the accommodation
of students no further additions to the present number of students can
be admitted during the present year. Between sixty and seventy are
engaged for the ensuing session.
Signed by David Thompson,
Chairman, and David S. Williams, Sec.
Brooks, in his Diary, says that Mr. Gaston examined him on
Historiae Sacrae; Major Sanders M. Ingram, who was then a student
at the Institute, says that the Trustees examined the hands of the
students "to see whether they had the marks of honor,"5 while Sikes in
his "Genesis," says that Judge Gaston took part in this examination of
the students' proficiency in their manual labor. Major Ingram also
remembers that Judge Gaston paid the students the high compliment
of saying that they generally acquitted themselves well, considering
the chance they had had.6
The list of studies mentioned in the account of examinations may
seem rather long for one instructor, and it is difficult to understand
how Dr. Wait alone could have prepared students to stand
examinations on all of them, but the number of studies
5 Wake Forest Student, XIII, 198.
6 Judge Gaston, though a devout Catholic, was welcome to a Baptist school.
Living at New Bern, he was well acquainted with Wait, Armstrong, and Mere
dith, who had lived there also." Sikes, "Genesis."