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struction and guidance. The records of the Literary Societies also
attest the fact of the confidence of the students in him and their
veneration for him. On the other hand his concern for the welfare of
the students and his affection for them are also revealed in the scant
records that we have, as in the following from the report of
Commencement of 1848: "After the degrees were conferred the
President (Rev. Dr. Hooper) delivered a touching and pathetic address
to the graduating class upon the inefficiency of speculative knowledge
and the necessity of fixed moral principles,"
Only once did Dr. Hooper during his term as president publish a
communication of length on the affairs of the College; in the Biblical
Recorder of May 1, 1847, he had an article: "To the Patrons of Wake
Forest College," in which he insisted that proper scholastic standards
must be maintained and as Wake Forest was not endowed this could
be done only by seeing that it had a sufficient number of students.
This was the obligation of those who wanted an institution such as
Wake Forest. They could send their sons here with the greater
assurance since the moral standards and strict discipline of the
College discouraged spendthrift habits of students which involve
great and unnecessary expense. It must not be supposed, however,
that a numerous faculty and great swarms of students were necessary
for the best instruction. On the other hand a small but well trained
faculty and a smaller number of students secured that personal
attention which was so necessary for development. In the small class
every student made preparation, but in the larger classes they were
tempted to risk having their lack of preparation detected.9
Biblical Recorder, July 1, 1848.
9 The following quotations are given as illustrating Dr. Hooper's ideals and
"This institution, created by your will, must depend for its maintenance on your
continued support. Having no permanent and vested funds of course its very
existence is contingent upon the number of its students. Hence its friends must show
their friendship by making it the place of education of their sons and their wards.
But a parent or guardian cannot be expected to sacrifice so much the good of the
young man under his care as to give him an inferior education for the sake of
keeping up a Denominational Seminary. This would
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