134 History of Wake Forest College
is moderate compared with what many of the teachers in the
academies and seminaries professed to teach. For the year 1835, when
Armstrong had come to the assistance of Wait, the number of subjects
on which the students were examined was eighteen, with two or three
classes in some of them, such as English Grammar. To the subjects on
which the students had been prepared in 1834 were added
Orthography, History of the United States, Greek Reader, Vergil,
Sallust, Arithmetic, Algebra and
Declamations.7
A writer in the
Raleigh Register of July 5, 1836, in reviewing a catalogue of the
institute says: "The studies pursued are the English, Latin, Greek,
French, Italian and Spanish languages, with all the branches of
science taught in our best seminaries."
During the first years the Institute was gradually finding itself,
getting rid of the superfluous and concentrating on the more solid
subjects. At first there was no distinction made between the
preparatory and collegiate departments, although the Board of
Trustees very early were planning to separate the two, and it is
probable that the various tutors employed were put in charge of the
more immature boys. After the appointment of Professor Morse in
November, 1838, the "academical" department was put under his
control, and the restriction that students should be twelve years old or
more was
withdrawn.8
In the collegiate department there is no doubt that the quality and
the grade of the work were advanced from year to year. Brooks in his
Diary tells of his work in Latin, Greek, Mathematics, Logic,
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, etc. He found the languages easy but
had difficulty with his algebra and geometry. He was also studying
Political Economy, probably with Professor White. Brooks had come
to the Institute the first year with hardly more than a grammar grade
education. After five years of study he was given the degree of
Bachelor of Arts, with the first class in June, 1839. But Brooks was a
very bright and quick student and like other students in that day he
worked
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7
Biblical Recorder, July 2, 1835.
8
Proceedings, p. 33. .
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