The Institute Becomes a College 179
could not be done; still less, to defray out of their own private funds the expenses of
other people's children. All that the Trustees were ever bound to do, was to furnish
as good a school and at as low rates as the circumstances of the case would allow.
And this, it is thought they have done, from the commencement to the present time.
. . . The Trustees are bound to do the best they can with the trust committed to their
hands-but beyond this their obligations cease. In addition to pecuniary donations
which most of them have contributed in common with others, the more efficient of
them have given the concern much of their time, attention and anxious thought, and
in all these respects they are willing to be liberal sharers with their brethren, but
beyond this they refuse to be held responsible. Over the changes of the time, the
fluctuations of the market, the freaks of popular favor, etc., etc., they profess to
exert no control, and of course must decline to be held responsible... . But it is said
that they pay too much to their instructors.. . . The fact, however, is, that the pro-
fessors now in the employ of the Board are not paid as much as their services would
command elsewhere. They are all personal friends of the cause-they are all deeply
interested in the success of the school-they are willing to make personal sacrifices
for its prosperity-and accordingly they all receive smaller salaries than they would
probably consent to receive elsewhere; or that, under different circumstances, they
would be willing to receive where they are. To the Baptists of North Carolina the
Board would respectfully state, that, having succeeded in raising a school adapted,
in all respects, to the existing requirements of the denomination, they now make this
appeal to the denomination for their prompt consideration and support. Brethren, the
question is now confidently and solemnly submitted to you-whether the seminary at
Wake Forest shall move onward, gradually, but steadily to usefulness and
distinction; or whether it shall pine away and eventually expire-to the extreme
disappointment and mortification of its friends. Should you think proper to yield it
your patronage, thereby exercising such State and denominational partialities as are
exercised by the people of other States, and the members of other denominations,
the school cannot fail to receive an adequate support. . . . Should you think proper,
however, in preference to this, to bestow your patronage elsewhere, it may as well
be known at present as at any other time, that the school cannot, will not, be
sustained. As is well known, this institution is without endowment; it is also without
claims on the score of age or superior standing. Its main dependence for a useful
and prosperous continuance is, therefore, on the patronage of the Baptists of the
State. If they
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