200 History of Wake Forest College
Hufham and himself and the best part of a month of hard work on his
part to gain a measure of what was
desired.6
This statement is
supported by that of Battle, who says that Dr. J. D. Hufham, a friend
of both the University and of Wake Forest College, was the mediator
with whom an agreement was reached that the University would ask
for only $5,000 a year, and that there should be no additional county
beneficiaries, and that when the bill was thus modified it passed
without serious trouble. There can be no doubt, however, that
Pritchard himself did the major work.7
Battle's account of the matter shows that the friends of the
University were very much exercised by the Memorial. "Colonel
Saunders, in a very strong paper, published in the Sentinel newspaper
as an editorial, pointed out that the memorial of the opponents to the
General Assembly opposing the appropriation was an attempt by the
churches to control the State, contrary to the genius of our
institutions." Dr. Battle also makes many criticisms of the points
urged by the Memorial, and shows some resentment, probably
justified, that not once did the Memorial use the proper name of the
University, but gave it such names as the "State school at Chapel
Hill," and "Chapel Hill." It should be said, however, that until about
1885, Chapel Hill was a name used to designate the University, even
by its
friends.8
Historical justice and accuracy demand that there be appended here
Pritchard's own statement of his aims and purposes in this matter,
which is found in the Biblical Recorder of February 23, 1881, and
somewhat abridged is as follow:
"It was agreed that a joint meeting should be held in Raleigh on the
9th inst. That meeting was held and a report adopted, which took the
form of a memorial to the Legislature, giving a respectful and manly
expression of our reasons for opposing the measure recommended by
the Governor of the State.
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6 See report of President Pritchard to the Board of Trustees, June 7, 1881,
Proceedings, p. 240f. In this report Pritchard gives a summary of his part and that of
the college in opposing the Governor's recommendation.
7
Battle. History of the University of North Carolina, II, 217.
8 So in Wheeler's History of North Carolina, 1852, passim.
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