574 History of Wake Forest College
thy existence to do, I feel encouraged, but my heart melts when I reflect upon what
thou would'st have done.
Close by the side of Carter, fell the excellent Graham. Intelligent, generous,
devoted, he gave to our cause the vigor of a strong mind and the affection of a warm
heart. The loss of two such men as Carter and Graham, struck down by the same
blow, and sinking, as it were, into the same grave, might have dampened our zeal
and discouraged our hopes, if conscious of the purity of our designs, we had not
been able to rely for success upon the patronage of Heaven.
But there is another name that must not be forgotten by the founders and patrons
of this Institution. His bones are mouldering on the banks of the Tombigby, in the
soil of Mississippi, but his name and toils are associated with the history of Wake
Forest. And so often as we shall be permitted to assemble on this spot, consecrated
now to our affections by so many sacred associations with the living and the dead;
and so often as we shall here on the altar of virtue and science renew the pledges of
devotion to one another and to the common cause in which we have embarked; and
so often as we shall be permitted to behold with admiring eyes the unfolding honors
of this Institutiononce the object of his hopes, his toils, and his prayers-so often will
we yield the tribute of fond recollection and grateful remembrance to the name of
John Armstrong.
There is another name-a name which we all delight to honor and which we
should all be pleased to hear announced in this connection, but delicacy forbids it to
be mentioned. He to whom it belongs, happily for us, still lives to cheer us with his
active zeal and cordial cooperation in every good work, and by his labors of piety to
animate us to an emulation of his own bright example. From the summit of the
Alleghany to the sand washed by the waves of the sea, he has left behind him
witnesses of his zeal and his piety, and has engraven his name upon the hearts of the
lovers of virtue, and the lovers of good men. His labors have been among the
earliest, the most arduous, and the most devoted for the elevation of the Baptist
cause in our State ; and if it might be considered invidious to say, that to him more
than to any other person, it may certainly with great justice be said that to no other
person more than to him, are we indebted for our present happy position as a
denomination compared with that position of twenty-five years ago. His name is
engraven deeply on the foundation stone of this Institution; and some of us can
remember when the weight of it rested upon his shoulders with an almost crushing
power. We say no more than will meet with a ready response from the hearts of the
many thousands to whom his services have introduced and en-
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