340 History of Wake Forest College
There was probably one other cause of dissatisfaction with the
institution, which while not expressly stated is easy to detect in the
records of these years. And this was the evident leaning of the school
to the University of North Carolina. In the first advertisement and
prospectus Wake Forest is made secondary, and the University
primary; the principal, Delke, was a University graduate, and neither
of his assistants was a Wake Forest man, one, Mr. George Morgan,
being a graduate of the University. Then the rebellious pursuit of the
purpose to make the school a college was regarded, and properly so,
as a blow at Wake Forest. It was perhaps more on account of these
things than on account of faulty boarding arrangements that the
attendance fell off the second year; and probably for the same reason
Delke and Morgan retired at the end of that year. In their places the
Trustees took care to elect two recent graduates of Wake Forest-J. D.
Boushall and C. S. Ellis. Elder Quinton Trotman made public
announcement that the school would henceforth be kept to its true
purpose as auxiliary to Wake Forest and again the school was
advertised in the denominational paper, and the paper also became the
medium in which its friends and faculty discussed its
Such was the work in academic education for males undertaken by
the Baptist Associations of North Carolina before the Civil War. Its
principal and professed purpose was to prepare students
yet groaning under a heavy debt. As the Chowan-Reynoldson Institute now stands it
might be made a useful high school, and a valuable auxiliary to the College we
already have, which, by the way, was the primary plan of the erection of it. But the
present plan carried out would give us two Colleges mutually injurious to each other
and both weak and inefficient-altogether unequal to the demands of the times and
the denomination."
In the Biblical Recorder of April 24, 1856, W. H. Jordan has a long article
deprecating the purpose to establish another College which he thought the Baptists
of North Carolina had about as much use for as they would have for a ship on the
summit of the Alleghanies: and declared that the money employed for such a
purpose had better be cast into the fire, and he proceeded to condemn the proposal
as an inexcusable folly.
Jordan's letter called forth an article in reply so full of personalities that the editor
of the Biblical Recorder refused to publish it. (May 8, 1856.)
In the report on the institute at the Association of 1858, it was said that it had
been alienated from the affections of the Association by the premature action of too
sanguine friends, but now the scales had fallen from their eyes.
Biblical Recorder, August 27, 1857, and after.
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