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students in average attendance there would be a net income $2,880,
which would constitute the whole sum for payment of the salaries of
three professors and one or more tutors. The College must have
patronage and support; it had come to a critical period; its old foes
were still active and powerful, while those who were in the place of
friends were often bitterly critical and hostile and by their
denunciations tended to rob the institution of students and support,
without which it could not prosper. The College, however, belonged
not to the Trustees but to the Baptists of the State, and upon them and
not upon the Trustees rested primarily the responsibility for its
support and patronage.
It is necessary to consider these matters a little more in detail if we
are to get a proper conception of the magnitude of the task performed
by the Trustees in putting Wake Forest College on a firm basis and
saving it for the State and the denomination. It required undaunted
courage, untiring patience, and heroic labors on the part of those who
decided that Wake Forest should live.
In this day it is hard for us to realize that in the early days the
College had enemies who pursued it with vindictive and relentless
hate. They were survivors of that group who came so near doing to
death the original charter. Their animosity still rankled in them. A
ludicrous instance of it had been given within the year in connection
with the publication in the Biblical Recorder of a series of articles on
the Wake Forest Institute, written by request of the Trustees by Amos
J. Battle and William Hill Jordan. These articles were eleven in
number and discussed the beginnings of the school, its purpose, its
work and claims for patronage, being similar in character to a series
of articles on the State University that had shortly before appeared in
the Raleigh weekly papers. The first appeared on January 20, 1838,
the last on April 14, 1838. State papers were requested to copy, a
common practice in that day. This the Raleigh Standard started to do.
After it has published one of the articles, on "Old School Baptist
preacher" of Wake County
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