70 History of Wake Forest College
and fences were in bad repair. For the farm, the faithful horses that
had carried Wait and his family from sound to mountain ridge and
back again for three or four years, were stabled in the stalls, ready for
service. They were both white, old "Tom," high, long, and raw-boned
with white mane and tail, and "Dick," short, more compact, with
black mane and tail, but both alike remembered with affection to her
dying day by Dr. Wait's daughter, Mrs. J. M. Brewer. Before the end
of the spring the number of horses was increased to five. For a wagon,
at first, they had only the old jersey 7 in which Wait had traveled
around the State. Though the funds available amounted to barely two
hundred dollars, provisions were laid in for the kitchen. Servants also
were secured by Dr. Wait during his short agency for the Institute, but
not without difficulty, owing to the lateness of the
The requirements for admission to the new school and some
regulations for its operation had been set out in the meeting of the
Convention Board on September 25, 1832. The object of the school
was declared to be both to enable young ministers to get an education
at moderate cost, and to train youth in general to a knowledge of
science and practical agriculture. It was to be open to the reception of
all youth of good character; the number for the first year was to be
limited to fifty. The minimum age of students was to be twelve years.
Every student was to provide himself with an axe and a hoe, a pair of
sheets and a pair of towels. Further he was to labor three hours a day
under the direction of a scientific farmer, and be subject to the control
of a principal teacher who was to be a minister of the Gospel. The
total expenses were to be $60 a year, of which $25 was to be
Ibid. Major Ingram tells this story about the jersey which shows the tact and
humor of Wait. Once when he was traveling in this section of the State as agent for
the Institute, he happened to get among some Hard-shell Baptists. They were
opposed to the Institution and to the missionary cause. They said that Dr. Wait was
traveling around as an agent in his fine two-horse carriage. This came to Dr. Wait's
ears, and he carried them up to his vehicle and said, "Now, brethren, if you see
anything fine about this old jersey wagon, just take a broad-axe and hew it off."
8 Wake Forest Student, Vol. II.
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