174 History of Wake Forest College
In accord with an Act of the Trustees, a "Circular" was prepared by
a committee consisting of Alfred Dockery, Thomas Meredith, and
Amos J. Battle. The purpose was to present a true picture of the
condition of the College and appeal for support. As it reveals the
aspirations for the young institution of those who at that time knew it
best, their hopes and fears, their faith in its future, which refused to be
discouraged by prospects far from promising, I am giving a summary
here. The "Circular" set forth that the College was without age,
without experience, without endowment, and without fame. Yet it
possessed all the needful facilities for making a fair start, and had a
college building which in point of utility and convenience was second
to none in the State.7 Its faculty was competent in numbers and in
scholastic attainments to give collegiate instruction. There were both
a collegiate and an "academical" department, the last divided into two
branches, Classical and English. In all, eight or more years of
instruction were offered. It was hoped that none would abate in his
friendly interest because of the discontinuance of the Manual Labor
feature. The Steward's department, which had proved well nigh
ruinous financially, was discontinued also, and hereafter students
were to get their board in one of the several new boarding houses in
the town, over which, however, the Trustees retained a measure of
control as to prices and the quality of the food. Board and washing
would cost $8 a month. Tuition was raised in the Collegiate
Department to $45 a year; in the Classical branch of the "academical"
department to $35 a year, and in the English branch to $25 a year. The
total amount of annual expenses, even in the College, including
tuition, room rent, bed and bedding, servants hire; and a $2 deposit for
expenses, would be only $137; the total expense at the State
University, according to the latest catalogue, was from $164 to $197;
in the Hillsboro Classical Academy, $157; and much more at
Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. With sixty
7 The Wake Forest College buildings were said by Wiley to be "elegant and
substantial." Third North Carolina Reader, p. 74.
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