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dressed in fresh linen in the grove in front of the residence for social
recreation and music. Wait liked to see them well dressed and desired
that they should keep their wardrobes in good condition, even as he
himself dressed neatly and impressed the students with his dignified
demeanor and fine bodily appearance.21 On Sunday morning the
students put on their best to attend the religious services of the day.
Sanders M. Ingram, a student of the first year, returning to the school
in April, 1838, found the students much better dressed than in 1834.
They parted their hair in the middle and let it grow long and hang
down on their shoulders, giving them the appearance of girls. On
public occassions some dressed in elegant style.22 It was only the rare
student however, that must be supposed to have had the wardrobe of
the dandy of the day, "biled" shirts, gaudy ties, black coats and white
Towards the close of the antebellum period in the years after 1850
many sons of rich planters were students of the College. These kept
up the standards of dress of their homes, and according to Professor
L. R. Mills, in neckwear, linen, and handkerchiefs their wardrobes
were well stocked, every student having from six to twelve large linen
handkerchiefs costing one dollar and fifty cents each. They also had
fine vests and coats.
21 Ingram, Ibid., XIII, 196.
22Ingram, Ibid., XXIII, 473 ff.
23D. R. Wallace, Wake Forest Student, XXVII, 321: "We reached the Yarborough
Hotel in Raleigh, where we met four young men, also students at Chapel Hill and
acquaintances of young Grimes. Rollicking fine fellows from Alabama and
Mississippi. Supper over, trunks flew open, 'biled' shirts, gaudy ties, black coats and
white vests were in evidence."