372 History of Wake Forest College
to what extent this was done does not appear in the records. But the
purpose was not abandoned; in June, 1844, the plan to offer a course
for training teachers was
advertised.28
Probably instruction in the
English division of the Academical Department of the College was
through all the early years adapted to such teacher training. In his
Report on Education to the Baptist State Convention of 1842
Professor J. B. White said that the College had already furnished
many teachers for the primary schools and the seminaries (high
schools). The able advocacy of the Common Schools contained in this
report is sufficient evidence that their interests were not being
neglected in the
College.29
The interest of Wake Forest College in the Common Schools was
still further shown by a bill which was brought before the Legislature
which met on October 4, 1852. This was called "A bill to provide for
the education of common school teachers." Under its terms provisions
was made for the education of eighty-one young men of the State, one
for each county, twenty-seven each at Davidson College, Normal
(Trinity) College, and Wake Forest College, with their tuition paid at
regular rates at the institutions from the Literary Fund of the State.
The students were to be selected, one from each county, by the
superintendents of public instruction of the counties, and were to have
the privilege of attending the institution of their choice, but the State
would pay the tuition of no more than twenty-seven in any one
institution. The students thus helped must pledge to teach in the
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Biblical Recorder, August 17, 1844.
29
Professor White's report, the main purpose of which was to arouse the Baptists
of the State to the support of the Common Schools, made a profound impression on
the assembled Convention. The following is from the minute in regard to it: "The
report was read distinctly to a crowded house by Prof. J. B. White of Wake Forest
College. E. Kingsford, Agent of the American and Foreign Bible Society, moved
the acceptance of the report, and followed his motion with a stirring appeal in behalf
of education. President Wait seconded the motion of acceptance, and gave some
affecting and yet encouraging disclosures respecting the state of education in North
Carolina generally. Dr. C. Lillybridge and J. J. Finch participated in the discussion,
which being concluded, the report was adopted, and ordered to be printed in the
minutes."
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