6 History of Wake Forest College
On November 11, 1865, the Trustees met at Forestville, with nine
members present. These were James McDaniel, A. McDowell, John
Mitchell, Thomas E. Skinner, Charles W. Skinner, James S. Purefoy,
Samuel Wait, Job Carver, and W. T. Brooks. Rev. Job Carver acted as
The first action of the Board was to hear the report of the Treasurer,
of which some account has already been
and more will be said
below. Its most important action was to authorize the resumption of
the exercises of the College on January 15, 1866, which being the
third Monday in the month was the regular time fixed in the College
calendar for the opening of the spring term. The compensation of
members of the faculty was to consist of all the revenues coming from
endowment funds and student fees, to be divided among them
according to rank in the ratio already established.6 It was a time of
taking stock by the Trustees. Of the invested funds it is generally said
only $11,000 remained, though something additional was later
salvaged. Repairs on the College Building and on the Campus fence
were referred to a committee. It was at this time, too, as has already
been recorded,7 that the venerable Samuel Wait offered his resigna-
tion as president of the Board.
Before the end of the month, in accord with the injunction of the
Board, the faculty met and made plans for the resumption of their
duties. Professor Foote, however, indicated that he would
Simmons and Foote "were requested" to enter upon the task of reorganizing; but he
does not indicate who made the request. He further says that in January, 1866, Foote
withdrew and then he, Dr. William Royall, joined Professor Simmons in the work.
See also article, "Our College," by L. R. Mills, Wake Forest Student, III, 314, whose
account of the College for the years 1865-66 is confused, especially as to dates, and
often at variance with the records of the Board of Trustees. Misleading also is the
statement in the "Introduction" to the catalogue of 1878-79, that, "The War caused a
suspension of the exercises from 1862 to 1865; but they were resumed partially in
1865, and fully in 1867." No official action for opening the College was taken until
later, and exercises were fully resumed in January, 1866.
Volume I, 305.
6 Professor L. R. Mills is wrong in saying in article "Our College," Wake Forest
Student, III, 314, "The Trustees adjourned without taking any steps towards
reopening the College." His whole account is confused, especially as to dates.
Volume I, 386.