194 History of Wake Forest College
Biblical Recorder of the wholly convincing answer to one of the
editor's views made some years before in the discussion mentioned
above, a digest of which is given by Battle, as follows:
Many claim to be friends of the University provided only that "it be a university
indeed"; in other words, shall not compete with the colleges, shall have its courses
so high that only the graduates of the colleges shall pursue them. These are really its
enemies, or they are thoughtless. To have no under-graduate studies would demand
that it have higher requisites than Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other great
institutions. Such a university would not have a dozen students and the General
Assembly in disgust would withdraw the appropriation.
Many Baptists, however, if they knew of such argument, dis-
regarded it. They were, in fact, unwilling to support an institution that
came into competition with their own institution on the same ground.
In the various articles on the question that appeared in the Biblical
Recorder at this time, the point was emphasized that the work done at
the University was no higher than that done at the other colleges of
The third point, that the first educational interest of the State should
be the common schools and that better provision for them should be
made rather than for the University, was now beginning to be heard
for the first time. Gradually this championship of the public schools
by the friends of Wake Forest College brought the claims of these
schools to the attention of the people of the State, but it was full ten
years before the friends of the University fell in line with them.
It has sometimes been urged that this was only a seeming interest of
the Baptists in common schools, that it was only a subterfuge to
conceal their hostility to the University. As has been already said
above the Baptists and especially the friends of Wake Forest College
had long before manifested their interest
versity met the requirement since it was "an assembly of colleges," Editor Bailey
replied the only sense in which the University was an assembly of colleges was that
each of its six departments of instruction had for a year or two been designated as a
"college" in the University catalogue.