Curriculum 355
Before the close of the manual labor period the boys of 1834 had
grown up to be fine-looking men. On returning to Wake Forest
Institute in April, 1838, Sanders M. Ingram found there
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chapters of Matthew." Monday, March 7, 1836: "Commenced the study of Algebra;
found it quite difficult, somewhat disheartened." Tuesday, March 8, 1836: "Recited
Cicero to Mr. Hart. He is quite particular in giving a precise translation." March 19:
"Read some in Campbell's poems." April 2: "Spent this week in hard laborious
study in Cicero, Greek Reader and Algebra." August 4, 1836: "Recited to-day
tolerably well; our Greek lessons quite interesting. Algebra dry and hard." August 8:
"I have gone over three pages in Livy. Livy is hard, the most of it, but quite
interesting when you can get into the sense of it." August 12: "Recited Greek
tolerably well; find the speech of Cyrus pretty difficult. I seem not to study with the
same interest I did last year. I seem disposed rather to indulge myself than
otherwise. I am inclined to eat more than a student should who wishes to make
speed in studying, and have a mind always clear. I am confident if I should adopt
the abstemious way of living, like the Persian youth, I should make greater speed in
my studies, but nature is hard to deny; the animal passions are ever uppermost and
difficult to suppress." Aug. 17: "Read some very interesting pieces in Rollins today,
concerning the character of Xerxes and Aristides," etc. August 18: "Read some very
interesting pieces in Philosophy." October 10: "Finished the Christian Philosophy
tonight; found it very interesting, and in some parts very sublimely written."
October 12: "Studying Geography. Commenced reading Dick in the Philosophy of
Religion." October 13: "Still find Dick more and more interesting." October 19:
"Excused from declaiming; with Bro. Hoskins to select a suitable place for
baptizing." November 23, 1836: "Freshman class of which I am a member
examined this evening. All stood tolerably well." February 7, 1837: "Expected
(during vacation) to read a great deal but got disappointed; read only Shuman on the
evidences of Christianity, part of the history of the martyrs and the four gospels:
finished reading Plato tonight on the immortality of the soul; find some of his
arguments most excellent. Commenced Geometry tonight. We shall commence
Horace to-morrow and Greek." September 5, 1837: "Commenced to-day studying
Cambridge's Algebra, which is somewhat more difficult than Bridges'." September
1, 1837: "Read some very interesting pieces in Dr. Johnson's Rambler. His style is
easy and elegant; his sentiment the most profound and instructive." Sept. 20: "More
interested in Geometry. Very much interested to-night in reading Philosophy
[Natural]. O, how wonderful are all the works of the Diety! His ways past finding
out." Sept. 24: "Recitation on Logic. Mr. Wilcox gave a lecture on cause and effect.
The recitation not very interesting." September 27: "Investigating the different
colors refracted by means of the Prism, the rainbow, etc.; find the study of
Philosophy Very interesting. Wrote a composition this morning on advantages
derived from the invention of the Mariner's compass, the telescope, and the art of
printing." September 29: "Much delighted reading Dick on a future state." October
2: Always feel dull on Monday morning. Read a piece this morning by Dr.
Johnson." October 4: "Wrote a composition to-day on Justice." October 30: "Much
interested in reading Wayland's Moral Science, a work which should be esteemed,
read, and its precepts obeyed." June 20, 1839: "After laboring for five years with
much solicitude, I had the pleasure to-day of making my graduating
speech."
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