The endowment of Wake Forest College has been completed, at
least rendered certain. Yes, after years of patient struggle and
disappointment, despite several abortive attempts, ominous pre-
dictions, and "hope deferred which maketh the heart sick," the
College has been placed on a permanent base-under God its success is
no longer a matter of contingency. This auspicious event removes one
more objection to the Institution-holds out one more claim to public
patronage. If she has done these things in the green tree, what may she
not do in the dry? If in her nascent state, her unportioned infancy, she
has sent a beloved and approved missionary to the Antipodes,
prepared many young men for professorships in Colleges, a still larger
number to take charge of
High Schools, Preparatory and Common Schools-if she has
furnished almost every Southern and Western State with qualified and
zealous ministers of the New Testament, "workmen that need not be
ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth"-if she has contributed
apparently more than her quota to the Medical Profession, of men
who grace and honor it, and some of whom seem destined to extend
its boundaries-if she has done all this in weakness, in poverty, in
disparagement, what may we not expect when she shall have put on
her beautiful garments, when she shall have added to her corps of
Professors, enlarged her apparatus, increased her accommodations
and beautified her grounds.
Professor William H. Owen, in Biblical Recorder, October 15,
1857.
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