138 History of Wake Forest College
first public examinations from which we have already quoted is found
the following paragraph:
The Rev. Samuel Wait, Principal of the Institute, by his dignified manners and
conciliatory conduct, commands the obedience and respect of the students. The
happy influence which he exerts is perceived in the emulation of the students to
please by their deportment, and to excel in their studies. Such indeed has been the
disposition on the part of the young gentlemen to yield obedience to the mild and
reasonable regulations of the Institute, that the session has passed without the
occurrence of a solitary case of punishment.
Other information is abundant that confirms the truth of the above
statement. This will become more evident as we consider the means
by which the students of the Institute were developed in social and
manly virtues, qualities no less essential than mental training.
There was very little opportunity given for social relations with
young women to the students of Wake Forest. The students were
allowed to have them as their guests at their celebrations of the Fourth
of July, but these were almost the sole occasions for companionship
with them. With the exception of an occasional visitor the only young
lady on the premises was the daughter of the President, and with her
from the very first year, although she was a mere child, the young
gentlemen were desperately in
love.16
From young ladies in general the young gentlemen were sedulously
separated even in religious services on Sunday. The following shows
conditions as Major Ingram found them on his return to the Institute
in April, 1838:
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16
Headen, "Early Days at Wake Forest," Wake Forest Student, XXI, 87, says:
"He—Wait—had one child, a pretty daughter, and being always susceptible to
female charms, I fell desperately in love with her, but both being young, I suppose it
was what you term `puppy love,' and ended with our separation."
Ingram, Wake Forest Student, XIII, 475 in the same line says, "He had one
daughter, intelligent and beautiful." When of proper age she became the wife of J.
M. Brewer, a student, and the mother of a mighty race.
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