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ment, colleges of the South must be content to do without it, and
weather the storm as best they can; it is no new experience for Baptist
colleges; they have been buffeted by wind and tide before: it is no
time for them to seek shelter from the storm; they must ride it out.
Wingate, with words of hope and encouragement, said : "All being
in much the same condition there is no advantage possessed by one
above another. Indeed there is not the disparity now, especially
between State and denominational colleges that once existed.
Henceforth they can sail together and buffet the adverse tides alike....
Surely it is not for us Baptists, whose history in building up
denominational schools and colleges has been all the time against
wind and weather, but whose eventual success was, notwithstanding,
made so certain, it is not for us old sailors in the service, to run in at
every gust of wind and uneasily ask as we look out, `Did we do wrong
in starting'? But I must not forget, and if I do, dear reader you must
not forget our young brethren. We shall want some one to take the
places of those who have fallen. Many more will soon sleep. Let us
strive to fill up their places. Here is something to do. Let us begin
work."21
As a final answer to critics the Baptist State Convention,
which met in Raleigh, May 23-27, 1866, passed resolutions
recognizing the reopening of the College as indicative of prosperity in
the educational interests of the denomination, and also the State, and
recommending it to a liberal
patronage.22
The two full professors and their assistants seem to have gone about
their work with much enthusiasm and energy; the number of students
was unexpectedly large, indicative of the general renewed interest in
education among the people of the State. Neither the University of
North Carolina nor Davidson College had closed for the war, though
their students in the war years were few, consisting for the most part
of boys and of disabled soldiers .23
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21
Biblical Recorder Feb. 22, 1866; "Report on Education," minutes of Flat River
Association, 1860.
22
Minutes of the Convention for 1866.
23 Shaw, History of Davidson College, Chapter IV, University of North Carolina
catalogues.
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