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B. White, who, the next year, became President of the College. It was
at their meeting in June, 1852, that the Trustees voted to take
measures to secure appropriations from the Literary Fund for the
support of the College. The records show that White was one of the
most active supporters of this undertaking. It is not hard to understand
why he took this course. He was a graduate of Brown University,
which though to a limited extent a Baptist institution served all the
people of the State of Rhode Island, and in addition to Baptists had on
his board of control representatives of other denominations. It was
getting no appropriations from the State, but neither was any other
college in Rhode Island. So far as college education was concerned
every one was treated in the same way in Rhode Island. It was easy
for White to reason that the State of North Carolina also should treat
all alike and that it was as much a departure for the State to compel a
Baptist to contribute to the support of a school in competition with
Wake Forest as it would be for others to be forced to pay for
education at Wake Forest. The way to secure equality was for the
State to make appropriations not only to the University but to the
colleges of all denominations.
In pursuance of the plan to secure such appropriations, the Trustees
at their meeting on June 8, 1852, voted to secure if possible, the
cooperation of Davidson College and Normal College, which was
soon to become Trinity College and later Duke University, the only
other male denominational schools of collegiate standing in the Sate,
and ask the Legislature for the appropriation from the Literary Fund.
President John B. White, J. J. James and Nathaniel J. Palmer were
appointed a committee to visit the other schools named and solicit
their cooperation. At the next meeting which was on October 16,
1852, the Committee made an encouraging report and was continued.
Both of the other colleges voted to cooperate, but when the matter
was brought before the Legislature the petition was for the support by
the State of normal school students, twenty-seven for each of
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