Administration o f Thomas Henderson Pritchard 169
ment" which he contributed to the Biblical Recorder, week by week,
beginning with March, 1878, and ending with January, 1880, which
for breadth of information, clarity and conciseness of expression,
charity and courtesy, sanity and reserve and moderation have hardly
been excelled. His longer articles on a great variety of subjects, which
he contributed to the Biblical Recorder for the half century of his
active life, show that he was a master of the art of literary expression,
industrious and careful in assembling his facts, orderly and climactic
in their presentation. He never lacked for the proper word, and never
used too many; his style was never pedantic or labored, but his
thought ran into sentences of varied length, free from monotony, easy
and pleasant to read. He avoided scholastic disputations and highly
analytical themes but there was hardly anything that concerned the
American life of the day of which he did not write. Now he was
devoting himself, with moderation and sobriety, but with energy and
zeal, to the service of the College whose interest he had carried on his
heart since boyhood.
On assuming the presidency of the College, Dr. Pritchard did not
delay in taking up its duties. In the Biblical Recorder of July 30,
1879, he urged the Baptists of the State to assist in increasing the
number of students, saving that they could not afford to allow other
denominations to educate their children, especially their ministers,
that they were able to have their own colleges and to have five
hundred students at Wake Forest, and that a large attendance would
inspire confidence and exert a great influence in increasing
endowment. He declared that he was doing all he could to secure
students by visiting Associations.
This activity was not without results. He continued it during the
three years of his term of office. The total enrollment for the year
1879-80 was 171, an increase of 54 over the 117 of the previous year;
in 1880-81 the number was 181, and in 1881-82, 169, the decrease
from the previous year being laid to the failure of the crops because of
the great drought of 1881. During all this period Pritchard never
relaxed his efforts. In the midst of it he declared that he had worked as
he never worked before to in-
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