334 History of Wake Forest College
marls, and search for marl beds as he had been doing. In the
advertisements for the next term it was stated that the laboratory of
Agricultural Chemistry was now "replete with all necessary
The work in Agricultural Chemistry also received high
commendation from Elder Elias
Professor Drysdale also set up and equipped a gymnasium near the
Academy, and also formed a military company, with drill for one hour
a day. With these new features patrons were assured that they would
find "few situations affording better advantages for the education,
moral, physical, and intellectual, of their children and wards."
The Warsaw School, however, did not aspire to become a college,
as the report to the Association of 1857 takes pains to
Faison remained as principal only until the end of the year 1857;
Drysdale too left at the same time, if not before. No reason for their
leaving is indicated. For the session beginning January 11, 1858, the
Trustees secured as teachers B. F. Marable and J. D. Hufham. Both
were graduates of Wake Forest College, the former in the class of
1855, the latter in that of 1856; Marable was a native of Halifax
County, Virginia, and was ordained to the Baptist Ministry in 1855,
serving the church at Clinton from 1855 to 1870. Many years later he
became a Presbyterian. In 1888 he was given the degree of Doctor of
Divinity by Davidson College; he died in 1892. Hufham was the son
of Elder G. W. Hufham, and in October, 1857, had been ordained to
the Baptist ministry,
To the purchase of this the $73 set against Drysdale's name in the Treasurer's
report to the Association in 1857 was probably devoted.
Biblical Recorder, February 26, 1857. Dodson's words are: "The High School
at Warsaw is a great institution. The agricultural department is a great acquisition to
the school. The farmers would do well to attend the lectures. While the school is
able in other branches, perhaps no college, nor even the University of N. C., can
excel it in Agricultural lectures."
"To remove any misapprehension that may exist we state that it never was, and
is not designed to make this a College, but a mere school, as its name imports. The
Baptists have but one College in North Carolina-Wake Forest College, the great
head and front of our denominational institutions, and it would be very unwise to
attempt even to have another while our own cherished and noble College at Wake
Forest, around which the affections of the Baptists of the State should cluster, shall
present her transcendent claims as a College upon the State and the Baptist
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