490 History of Wake Forest College
active life; and in everything they had the utmost loyalty, the cheerful
support, the fraternal devotion of their entire groups.
"The object of this Society," said the original constitutions which
were the same for both societies, and probably the product of John
Armstrong, "shall be the intellectual improvement of its members."
This purpose, as expanded in the beautiful and grave and solemn
words first heard by the new member on his introduction into the Hall
and regarded by many members almost as sacred as Holy Writ,
becomes:
The Creator has endowed man with a disposition for association. These
associations result in good or evil according to the object which
calls them into exercise and the principles upon which they are conducted. The
object of our association is the development of our minds, thus preparing us for the
duties of active and manly life. The principles upon which it is conducted are such
as are in accord with our responsibilities as moral agents. As a member of this as-
sociation you will bear in mind that the Philomathesian (or Euzelian)
Society is entitled to your active zeal for its prosperity and your
mental efforts for the promotion of its literary character.
Any student of the institution was eligible for active membership,
provided he was not a member of the other. Originally members of
the faculty also might become members, but were to be exempted
from the demands of the Society. In addition both Societies, early in
the year 1842, made provision for the reception of transient members,
"any gentlemen of good character," who were elected and introduced
as other members, but were free from charges for society fees. The
provision seems to have been made for the benefit of residents of the
vicinity who desired the advantages of the Societies; if they should
register as students they would automatically become active members.
Very few ever became transient members.
The condition and terms of membership were not at first clearly
understood; in the first years some became dissatisfied and offered
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2 Phi. Records, January 15, 1842; Eu. Records, February 13, 1842, September,
1859.
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