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presidency on Monday, January 18, 1847, and continued in it for two
full college years, ending with the close of the fall term on Thursday,
December 14, 1848.
As has been told in a previous chapter, the friends and Trustees of
the institution in the hope of securing Dr. Hooper went about the work
of paying the debt with reviving zeal and determination. A new
confidence was aroused. As the note to the Literary Fund had been
renewed for five years and signed by more than thirty prominent
Baptists of the State, the greater number not Trustees, so seven or
eight members of the Board had assumed responsibility for the
amount due Captain Berry, by a note to which they affixed their
names.
In the interval between June, 1845, and January, 1847, Professor J.
B. White continued as acting-president. The other members of the
faculty were Professors W. H. Owen and W. T. Brooks, who was
advanced from Tutor to Associate Professor in October, 1846. At the
same time Rev. J. J. James was made Professor of Rhetoric but with
the provision that he should operate as agent at the will of the Board,
a position which he did not accept. Probably the faculty also
employed a tutor for the preparatory department.
These faithful instructors were not despondent. Being closely
connected with the College and its interests they could not believe,
even in the leanest years of 1844-45, that Providence would fail to
maintain an institution which had the promise of being so useful to
church and state. Their part, they thought, was to give their students
as good training as could be got
anywhere.1
The students were
enthusiastically engaged in their class work and the Exercises of the
Literary Societies, and were beautifying their Society halls. Being
intent on these noble things they were free from vices and dissipations
often found in the colleges of that day; there had been not one case
requiring discipline of the faculty during the
year.2
In the Biblical Recorder of July 12, 1845, both Professor White
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1
Biblical Recorder, May 31, 1845, letter of W. H. Owen.
2 Ibid.
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