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in the same length of time has more than doubled its numbers, and whose
officers have by their own unaided labors paid there own salaries, that is,
by the proceeds of tuition, without any aid from endowments of
contributions made in any other way." An editorial notice in the same
issue, with slight exaggeration, declares that "never has the number of
students been larger and never has it [the College] had a firmer hold
upon the feelings of the Baptists of the State.2
Like testimony to the prosperity of the College at this time and the
general satisfaction it caused among the Baptists of the State it is to be
found in the reports of the Board of Managers of the Baptist State
Convention found in the minutes of the years, 1849-53. With one
accord they declare that the College is prospering, and they dwell
upon the increase in the number of students, the qualifications,
devotion, and moral influence of the members of the faculty. They
also speak of the high moral character and industry of the students
and their freedom from intemperance; and of the "two Literary
Societies, well conducted and admirably calculated to provoke each
other to generous emulation, and to cause them to strive nobly for the
palm." Nor do these reports fail to notice the society in and around
Wake Forest, "such as the best may desire," and exerting a powerful
influence. And it is insisted that the graduates of the institution are not
inferior to those of any other institution in the State.3
The Catalogue for 1848-49, shows students as follows: 2 graduate; 5 seniors; 12
juniors; 13 sophomores; 24 freshmen-a total of 56 collegiate students; and 24
academical students-a total of 108. For 1849-50 no catalogue has been found. For
1850-51 the numbers were: seniors 6; juniors 19; sophomores 22; freshmen 25-a
total of collegiate students of 72. In addition there were 33 academical students,
making in all 105. The total in 1851-52 was 104; in 1852-53, 103.
Minutes of the Baptist State Convention for 1849, 1850, 1851, 1852. The
following is from the report for 1850: "Wake Forest College is steadily advancing.
The number of students has increased and its prospects for distinguished success are
brighter than they have ever been. The members of the Faculty are well qualified for
their duties and are devoting all their energies and giving all their powers both
physical and intellectual to the advancement of those committed to their care.
The graduates of this institution are not inferior to those of any other in the
State, and deservedly rank with the first in literary attainments. The
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