176 History of Wake Forest College
went with his
son-to
the office of the editor and served notice on
him that the publication in his columns of another article of the series
would mean the discontinuance of his subscription to his paper, a
threat which he made good when the editor published a second article.
Such enemies of the College were still relatively numerous and
respectable. Even twenty years later they established a paper,
published in Raleigh, called the Primitive Baptist, in which all the
"institutions of the day" fostered by their missionary brethren were
assailed with the most vindictive
virulence.8
But the College had more to fear from the attitude of many in those
churches and Associations which were connected with the Baptist
State Convention, and should have been classed as friends. Only a
few were enthusiastic, while many were lukewarm, apathetic,
dissatisfied, hostile, critical. "This institution," said Wait, "has been
grievously slandered, and that too, not infrequently, by its pretended
friends. The most ridiculous tales are often set on foot."
Only the eastern half of the State manifested much interest in the
College. During this period not a new Trustee came from the west.
Leaving out the counties of Rockingham, Anson, Richmond and
Montgomery the western half of the State, including the counties of
Guilford and Randolph sent to Wake Forest not more than 36 of the
1,087 students matriculated from the opening of the Institute in
February, 1834, till the suspension of the College for the Civil War in
1861.
The attendance by counties and states for the years 1834-62 was as
follows: North Carolina: Wake County, 103; Bertie, 51; Chatham, 42;
Granville, 42; New Hanover, 37; Franklin, 36; Lenoir, 38; Pitt, 33;
Warren, 31; Orange, 28; Caswell, 27; Duplin, 26; Chowan, 22,
Hertford, 26; Sampson, 20; Camden, 20; Johnston, 24; Craven and
Perquimans, 19 each; Richmond and Jones 18 each; Currituck, 17;
Hyde, 16; Anson and Montgomery, 15 each; Columbus, 14; Person
and Wayne, 13 each; Halifax and Cumberland, 12 each; Pasquotank,
Nash and Robe
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8
Raleigh Standard, March, 1838; Biblical Recorder, March 28, 1838.
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