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paid in advance; but from this total were to be deducted the student's
earnings as a laborer on the farm. There was to be one vacation from
the middle of December to the first of February.9 As this program had
been extensively advertised in the Raleigh Register with the request
that it be copied by other papers in the State, and in the Interpreter, as
well as at the associations and conventions, the aims and purposes of
the Institute were well known throughout the greater part of the State.
The day set for the opening was Monday, February 3, 1834. Wait
dwells on the fact that the weather was remarkably fine, the days as
delightful as days in the month of May. Thus kind Providence with
sunshine and balmy winds bringing the perfumes of southern fields
and woods seemed to be blessing the new undertaking.
On the opening day more boys than were expected were on hand
ready to enroll as students. The first to matriculate was John M.
Crenshaw, son of William Crenshaw, at whose home Principal Wait
had been
staying.10
He was but a lad of twelve or thirteen, but he lived
long to enjoy the distinction of being the first matriculate of Wake
Forest. He was a farmer, merchant, and mill owner, and added to a
fair patrimony by his industry and enterprise a considerable property.
His elegant home was three miles west of the College. He took great
pride in the College, especially in the Philomathesian Society of
which he was a member and in the hall of which is his portrait. He
died in 1910. Sixteen students registered the first day, and forty within
the first few weeks; before the end of the year, seventy-two.11 Of
these students only four were preachers." Only eighteen were profes-
sors of
religion.12
Most of the students were sons of farmers,
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9
Digested from an advertisement over the name of John Armstrong, Cor. Sec., in
the Raleigh Register, November 23, 1832, and quoted in Coon's North Carolina
Schools and Colleges, p. 694 f. This advertisement is referred to as hampering the
Institute by Dr. Wait, Wake Forest Student, Vol. II, 50 f.
10
Sikes, "Wake Forest Institute."
11
Wait, Wake Forest Student, II, 50 f.
12
Letter of Luther Rice in Christian Index, reprinted with editorial note in Baptist
Interpreter of July 5, 1834.
18 Sikes, "Wake Forest institute."
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