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could not remain. After a day or two most of them had returned, been
readmitted, having signed a paper devised by some member of the
faculty, and so far as the records show were without offense during
the remainder of their college course. But those who signed did it
without urging from President Taylor; he asked all not to sign under
any sense of compulsion, but for each to use his own free will as a
responsible moral agent.
It was as a positive rather than as a restraining force, however, that
the College during President Taylor's administration affected the life
of the students. They were stimulated to lives of moral cleanliness and
healthy religious interest by the personal influence of members of the
faculty, by the preservation of wholesome surroundings, and the
powerful appeal of the regular course of the religious life of the
College and the ministrations of the church.
President Taylor himself was firm in the conviction that the College
was an instrument for the spread of the Kingdom of Christ in the
world. He early warned of temptations to the College to turn aside
from this peculiar work and to forget the dependence on God. He had
not been many years in his place of responsibility when he first stated
the desire and purpose which he maintained throughout his
presidency, that the work of the College "be done by consistent men
under distinctly Christian and Baptist influences, and that it shall
never be forgotten that the College sustains to the Baptist State
Convention and through it to the Kingdom of Christ on earth a close
and vital relation."
There could be no caviling at religion when it was so beautifully
exemplified in the lives of able and genuine men like Taylor, Mills,
Simmons and the two Royalls, and Poteat. The students found joy in
religion and in the worship in chapel and church.
Sometimes, indeed, the Board of Trustees had occasion to advise
that all members of the faculty attend the daily chapel
2 Biblical Recorder, September 19, 1885; Minutes of the Board of Trustees for
June 11, 1889; June 10, 1890.
3 Minutes of the Board of Trustees for June 1888: Rev. C. Durham offers the
following resolution: "Resolved, That it is the sense of the Board of Trustees,