Agency of Pritchard 289
In the latter half of the year 1855 Pritchard continued to press his
campaign for endowment with vigor. In the summer of this year
appeared a series of articles in the Biblical Recorder on the
Comparative Advantages of State and Denominational Colleges,
signed "Philomathes." They constitute a well reasoned and moderate
discussion of the subject, and the argument was so well guarded as to
admit of no reply. They came at a time when the laxness of discipline
and low scholarship standards at the University of North Carolina
offered serious handicaps to the work of that institution. Though the
author carefully conceals his identity, they were probably by
At the meeting of the Board in Warrenton in October, 1855, the
Trustees elected Rev. John Mitchell to succeed Pritchard. No word of
explanation is given in the Proceedings; no satisfaction or
dissatisfaction with the agency of Pritchard is expressed; but Mitchell
was appointed agent for the next year with a salary of $800, more by
$200 than Pritchard had been paid. Why Pritchard resigned can only
be surmised. It is possible that he had not made collections as well as
the Trustees hoped; possibly the youth of Pritchard had been against
him, a matter to which he refers in one of his early letters to the
Biblical Recorder.3 Possibly there was an element of jealousy, or a
remembrance of rivalry in the Literary Societies of the College when
Pritchard was a student and when feeling was strong between the
members of the two Societies. At any rate Pritchard was leaving
without a word of explanation; on November, 1855, he was ordained
pastor of the church at Hertford, Dr. William Hooper preaching the
ordination sermon.4
3 Biblical Recorder, September 14, 1854.
4 As will appear in a discussion of the Literary Societies in a later chapter, the
Philomathesian Society seems to have strongly resented the displacing of Pritchard
with a Euzelian. In view of Pritchard's manifest enthusiasm for this work, of the
reception accorded him, and his large plans and success it is hard to understand the
repeated assertion of Dr. J. D. Hufham, that "Dr. Pritchard had no taste and no gifts
for raising money." Wake Forest Student, XV, 532; XXVIII, 342.
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