354 History of Wake Forest College
labor school in February, 1834, and continued as such until February,
1839, when it began operations under its new charter as a college.
The Trustees, however, at their first meeting in May, 1834, showed
that they were planning that Wake Forest should become a college,
and they elected a faculty to teach collegiate subjects: Wait, Moral
Philosophy and General Literature; Meredith, Mathematics and
Natural Philosophy; Armstrong, Ancient Languages; while only
Charles R. Merriam was elected as Tutor in Husbandry. After this the
tutors appointed even during the manual labor period, Abner Hart, H.
L. Graves, and H. A. Wilcox, were classically trained and prepared to
The other professors also who were elected
during this period, White, Richardson, and Morse, were
recommended by their preparation to teach such subjects as
constituted the college curriculum of the day.
Though every member of the faculty from Wait down was soon
leading the boys in building fences and hoeing corn, and were
teaching classes in Pike's arithmetics and Murray's readers, they were
also teaching Latin and Moral Philosophy, and other such subjects. I
have given above a statement about the studies which W. T. Brooks,
as shown in his diary, pursued during the five years from July, 1834
to July, 1839, for which he was given the degree of Bachelor of
See above, Chap. VIII.
Brooks's diary shows that on entering Wake Forest College on June 14, 1834,
he had hardly more education than is now required for entrance to high school. The
following notes will indicate the character of his studies and how he progressed: "In
a few days after entrance, commenced the Latin Grammar, Read Historie Sacre.
Examined last of July by Mr. Gaston." "Commenced reading Caesar 22nd of
September prepared four books to be examined on 26 November By Prof. Hooper."
"Commenced the study of Sallust first week in February." April 23, 1835:
"Assembled in the chapel for declamation and composition." July 4, 1835: "Our
care in a great measure concerning our examination had passed away, and we felt
considerably relieved; so much so that we had nothing to do but enjoy ourselves."
September 4, 1835: "Read a piece in the Greek reader, concerning Juno's sending
two serpents to destroy Hercules." Sept. 6, 1835: "Prayer being made, Professor
Armstrong rose and gave us a very lucid view of our existence. . . . After this he
examined us on the first two