learned their hopes and fears, their thoughts and aspirations. Nothing
that concerned them seems mean or trivial.
In connection with the account of the Literary Societies I
have devoted a rather long chapter to the score or more speakers
invited by the Societies to make their Commencement addresses.
Nearly all these were North Carolinians, among the ablest of their
day. To the preparation of their addresses for our educational institu-
tions they devoted their best care and thought. Some are of
exceptional excellence, but whatever their merits or shortcomings
they must be regarded as the best of their kind North Carolina could
produce and deserve consideration as a part of the general literary
history of our State, especially in the history of a college which
called them forth.
While in general I hope my work will be readable, there are
numerous tabulations and lists which are for reference rather than
reading. In making them I have endeavored to be accurate by
checking with every available document. This has cost me an
unbelievable amount of toil, especially on the biographical data in
the tabulations in the chapter on "The College in War."
The arrangement of the material of the volume has given me
considerable trouble; I have made that which on the whole seems to
give the better emphasis and sequence. In the method of treatment
which I have adopted some repetition has been unavoidable. With
more time at my command perhaps I could have made some
improvement, but I have done the greater part of the work while
teaching from fifteen to seventeen hours a week and furnishing
every week about 6,000 words of editorial matter for the Biblical
Wake Forest, North Carolina
May 20, 1935