74 History of Wake Forest College
of raw material on which to work. In every instance in which I
thought there might be the most distant prospect of ultimate success, I
impressed the importance of trying to acquire a collegiate education.
And I have the happiness of knowing that even these early efforts
were not altogether in vain.21"
Twice a day the Principal assembled the students for prayers; once
at the dawn of day, and again a little before sunset
.22
During this first
year there was no other place to assemble the students for lectures and
morning and evening prayers than the old carriage house.23 This was a
building sixteen by twenty-four feet. It was supplied with desks and
benches, but the large doors were left without
alteration.24
The
students were housed in the cabins and were well pleased with their
quarters. Dr. Wait says that although it was known that these cabins
were originally built for slaves and occupied by them, he never heard
the least objection to them from any student. Some of the students had
brought beds with them, and these supplemented the supply of feather
beds with which the cabins had already been furnished. But the
number of students was so much beyond expectation and increased so
rapidly that there were more students than beds for them. To meet this
want Dr. Wait and his family often worked to midnight making shuck
mattresses so that no student might be forced to return home for lack
of bed. The students soon numbered more than the contemplated fifty.
There was no thought of turning any away. As more and more came
and the accommodations became more and more inadequate,25 the
Trustees, one or another of them, sent to the Principal almost daily,
expressions of their joy with urgent request to receive all that came,
while, if left to himself, the Principal would have not
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21
Wake Forest Student, Vol. II.
22
Ibid.
23
Ingram, Wake Forest Student, Vol. XIII, 197. "We could not all get into the
classrooms at the same time. We had to study our lessons in the grove and go in to
recite to the professors by sections."
24
Wait, Wake Forest Student, Vol. II.
25
Students came from every direction, several from Virginia and South Carolina.
Every house, and even the barn, were filled to utmost capacity. Ingram, Wake
Forest Student, XIII, 197.
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