434 History of Wake Forest College
sons and wards of Baptists in North Carolina now in other colleges
would fill ours to overflowing. And why should we not have these
students? Friends and brethren, ought we not to have them? We have
the teachers needed; we have the apparatus required; we have a
healthy locality happily exempted by its retired position from the
temptation to dissipation and extravagance, by which many other
institutions are beset."
Wait disposes of complaints about the youth of the members of the
faculty, referring probably to the tutors, Marsh and Smith. He also
takes occasion in closing to express the high satisfaction of the
Trustees with the administration of Wingate.
This earnest plea put forth in behalf of the Trustees seems to have
had little effect. The number of students for the next year suffered a
further decline from ninety-five to seventy-six for the year. This
decline seems to have been accentuated by the election of William
Royall to the Chair of Languages by the Trustees at their meeting in
Charlotte on November 3, 1859. This was doubtless done on the
recommendation of Wingate who had known Royall as a Professor in
Furman University. As it proved Royall was one of the ablest and best
men who ever served on the faculty of the College, and Wingate did
the College a great service in getting him. The friends of Foote,
however, that is, the members of the Philomathesian Society, did not
know this. They saw in Royall's election a purpose to displace Foote,
who was Professor of Ancient Languages. They at once took action,
and at their meeting on November 12, 1859, introduced resolutions
looking to the suspension and possibly the final dissolution of their
Society; a week later they first passed these resolutions and then on
the advice of some old members who were brought in for the purpose
they reconsidered them and ordered them expunged, as will be told in
the chapter on the Literary Societies. In the same chapter it is shown
that much care was taken to mollify the anger of the Philomathesians
by Royall's accepting honorary membership in their body rather than
membership in the Euzelian Society, which also was proffered him.
At the Commencement in June, 1860, Foote notified the Trustees
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