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the general conspectus of the College which appeared as an ad-
vertisement in the Biblical Recorder of February 29, 1840, and was
continued for several weeks. In fact, an increase in number of students
has been the usual result of campaigns for funds by representatives of
the
College.11
This conspectus, we may say, is optimistic as it sets
forth the advantages of the College: three full professors, Wait, White,
Morse, and one tutor; good rooms in the College Building; liberty to
board at the Steward's hall or at one of the several boarding houses;
pleasant, healthy situation; daily mails north and south ; a railroad
nearly completed with trains expected to run every day in full view of
the College; a good library; expenses only $137 a year. Possibly the
hope of seeing a railroad train every day was a great attraction.
The results of Wait's agency had not been disappointing; it was
attended with a spirit of hopefulness; the good will of those of whom
he solicited subscriptions was manifest, and they gave according to
their ability. But after the meeting at Grassy Creek in November,
1839, there was a change. Even some of the Trustees lost their interest
in the College which a few months before had been to them an object
of affection and pride. It was hard to get together the nine members
prescribed in the charter for a quorum. Only ten were at the meeting
at Grassy Creek, when perhaps the small attendance could be
accounted for by the heavy rains which greatly interfered with travel,
but only twelve were at the meeting at Wake Forest next June, nine at
a called meeting in Raleigh on December 17, 1840, and no quorum at
a meeting called in Raleigh on January 2, 1841, and ten at the annual
meeting at the College in June, 1841. At the meeting at Johnston
Liberty Church in October, 1841, only nine were present, and the
same number at the meeting at Wake Forest in June, 1842. There was
the same bare quorum, or as reported even one less than a quorum, at
the meetings at Murfreesboro in October, 1842, and at the College on
the second day of the Commencement of 1843; no quorum at the
called meeting in January, 1844; only twelve
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11
President Taylor often remarked upon the
fact.
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