180 History of Wake Forest College
rally for its support, it will prosper; if they neglect it, it will decline and die.
In the statement above the importance of patronage is emphasized. At this time
the decrease in the number of students was alarming, and there was no great
improvement for several years. In the first year of the Institute, 1834, when the
school year ran from the first Monday in February to the last Thursday in
November, the number of students had been 70; in 1838, 51; in the spring term of
1839, the first college half-year, the number was 62; in the year 1839-40, 87; in
1840-41, 85; in 1841-42, 84; in 1842-43, 63; in 1843-44, 54; in 1844-45, 67; in
1845-46, 92; in 1846-47, 105; but never in any other year until after the Civil War
did the institution have so many students as in 1836. During the first five years of
the College the average attendance in any term was seldom more than fifty. As the
College was without endowment this paucity of attendance gave much anxiety to all
interested in its welfare and caused some to despair.10
10 Proceedings, pp. 33, 62. I have got the number of students for the different
years from the registration lists in Blank Book, Number 1. I am giving here the
attendance year by year. During the period of the Institute the number is for the
entire year, as there was no division of the session. For the years of the College I am
giving the enrollment for the first term, then for the second, and finally for the year,
omitting duplicates.
Enrollment in the Institute: 1834, 70; 1835, 111; 1836, 141; 1837, 71; 1838, 51.
Enrollment in the College:
Fall Spring Year
1839 ...........................................- 62 -
1839-40 ..................................... 65 61 87
1840-41 ..................................... 65 55 85
1841-42 ..................................... 60 64 84
1842-43 ..................................... 55 44 63
1844-45 ..................................... 66 75 92
1845-46 ..................................... 66 75 92
1846-47 ..................................... 81 90 105
1847-48 ..................................... 78 90 109
1848-49 ..................................... 70 74 80
1849-50 ………………………...74 79 98
1850-51 ..................................... 86 84 111
1851-52 ..................................... 81 82 104
1852-53 ..................................... 81 71 103
1853-54 ..................................... 65 71 89
1854-55 ..................................... 79 93 118
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