246 History of Wake Forest College
While the Trustees were delaying in the sending of an agent into
South Carolina some were growing impatient. One of these, writing
over the name "Elihu," in the Biblical Recorder of March 29, 1845,
declared that Wake Forest College ought to be relieved from debt at
once, and that it would be an easy task, with the help of the South
Carolina brethren and friends; if they would not help, he thought it
would remain embarrassed for many years. Since both Carolinas had
virtually agreed in supporting a religious paper
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spoken of as the Theological Seminary of the Carolinas. "Strange ignorance," says
the Alabama Baptist, "in the editor of the Recorder, that he must learn from the
Index that the Furman `drags on heavily,' and `cannot attain to eminence as a
Theological Institution.' The Trustees of this seminary must be blockheads, to be
appointing new professors, when they ought to know that Mercer University has got
the start of all other Southern States, and the Theological Department in institutions
in other States must eventually be wholly abandoned!' (These italics are not ours).
And `the sooner it is abandoned the better,' that Virginia, the Carolinas, Alabama,
Mississippi, &c., may throw themselves in the kind embraces of this condescending
University!" (Quoted in the Biblical Recorder of January 18, 1845.) The editor of
the Christian Index in reply said he had not used some of the expressions which the
Alabama Baptist attributed to him. (Biblical Recorder of Feb. 8, 1845.)
In the Biblical Recorder of March 22, 1845, a writer signing himself "Candor,"
has a long article in which he seems to have taken the Christian Index view point,
though he claims personal knowledge. His article is interesting and indicates the
various changes of location of the Furman Institutions. On that account I quote the
following paragraphs: "This Institution (Furman Theological Institution), like many
others in our country, has experienced many changes, and in more than one instance
met with sad reverse. Its original location in Edgefield was not of long continuance-
thence it was removed to Sumter, where in the winter of 1834 it came to a dead halt-
the professors threw up their commissions-the whole establishment was sold out at
no little loss, and some 25 or 30 students, half graduated, were disbanded.
"In 1835, the Convention resolved to change, once more, its location, and in their
wisdom, they fixed it in Fairfield, where, for a while, like every new thing, and in
connection with a manual labor school, it went on surprisingly well. But the
principal buildings were consumed in less than one year, we believe, after the new
organization went into operation ; and here, too, the concern realized what Franklin
had said, that `three moves are as bad as a fire.'
"Judging from the past, no student, either now at the institution, or wishing to go
there, can be assured, that it will remain here as it is, or than its present faculty will
continue in office beyond a twelve month!"
In his paper of April 5, 1845, Meredith says that "Candor's" article came while he
was away from his office and his clerk without reading sent it to the printer. In the
same number are the articles making vigorous reply to "Candor," one of whom says
that "Candor" is known under the alias "Asap" and the alias "David," whose articles
often appeared in the Biblical Recorder, who was Rev. James DuPre of Darlington,
South Carolina.
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