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other for our country's defence. May God help us and our country to
succeed in both."20
Affairs at the College went on without event until well into the
spring term, when the new conscription laws took all the students
except five.21 Exercises were discontinued on May 5, 1862. With
reference to this we quote from the report of the Board of the
Convention found in the minutes of 1862:
The suspension of the College, which we so deeply deplore, will, we are fearful,
operate more seriously upon the interest of the denomination than any other
calamity which has befallen us in our benevolent operations during these troublous
times; with this suspension, falls for the time being, the most prominent object
which the Convention sought to promote.... We pray God that the time may not be
far distant when the merry laugh of the student may again be heard on the Campus.
In June, 1860, the salaries of the professors had been raised to
$1,200, and that of the president to $1,400. With the prospect of
suspension before them in June, 1861, the Trustees voted that the
Treasurer should pay the professors the balance due on salaries. For
the year 1861-62 the compensation of the members of the faculty was
to be derived from the income from the endowment less three per cent
for the improvement of the College Building and the Campus, and
such tuition fees as were collected from the students. After the
suspension of the Exercises the Trustees voted at their meeting on
November 2, 1862, to pay the members of the faculty one-third of
their regular salaries during the suspension of the College, provided
those receiving such pay should hold themselves ready to respond to
the call of the Trustees when they should deem it expedient to reopen
the institution. This was regularly paid in Confederate money until the
close of the War, but not between that time and the
20Ibid., July 31, 1861.
21The Conscription Laws were printed in the Biblical Recorder of the time.
Under them the President was authorized to call into service all male white persons
between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. Students were not exempted. Ordained
preachers and college teachers, however, were exempted.
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