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ment of that year the Trustees appointed B. F. Cole, a Philomathesian,
and a member of the graduating class, Tutor, whose death in a few
months brought the end of a promising career. Perhaps this was the
best the Trustees could then do, but it did not satisfy the
Philomathesians. The next year the registration fell twenty-five per
cent, from 127 to 99. By the forced resignation of Professor Owen
who left his place in December, 1858, the chair of Ancient Languages
was made vacant. During the Spring term the place was filled by the
appointment of two tutors, Robert H. Marsh and S. P. Smith, both
graduates of the State University, the former being designated Tutor
in Latin, the latter, Tutor in Greek. Both served until the close of
1859. At the Commencement in June, 1859, the Trustees unanimously
elected a Philomathesian, James H. Foote, then Principal of the
Taylorsville United Baptist Institute, to the chair of Ancient
Languages. In a measure this relieved the inequality of the Society
representation on the faculty of which the Philomathesians had
complained three years before, and which had continued to exist all
through this period, and which undeniably was one cause of the
unexpectedly small number of students during those years.
By this time the Trustees and other friends of the College were able
no longer to conceal their disappointment that the College had so few
students. Possibly this was the reason so few communications from
President Wingate about college affairs are found in the Biblical
Recorder during these years. In his paper of June 9, 1859, Editor
James exhorted the Baptists of the State to send their sons and wards
to the College. The Trustees meeting at Commencement discussed the
matter long and earnestly and ended by asking their President, the
venerable Wait, to address an appeal through the Biblical Recorder to
the friends of the College to patronize it. This he did in the issue of
July 7, 1859, making a plea that was urgent and almost desperate,
extending through several columns.
"What we want," said he, "is patronage. The number of students
should be greatly enlarged. All this can be easily done. The
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