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In this crisis Dr. William Royall took the field for the College and
did a most effectual work. With his fine personal and social qualities
he won friends everywhere and his speeches before churches and
meetings of Associations had no little part in bringing the great
increase in the number of students the next term, of which Wingate
spoke with exultation at the next Commencement.5
The general character of Royall's appeal is doubtless reflected in the
outline of his speech made at the Convention of that year as reported
in the Biblical Recorder of November 4, 1868, which reads:
Wake Forest College has claims on the sympathies and prayers of all. The Baptist State
Convention of North Carolina was organized mainly for the education of the ministers of
North Carolina. Education is the primary thought in the inception of the Convention. The
principal design was to improve the ministry. All who were acquainted with the
denomination thirty-five years ago knew that the ministry was uneducated-and to meet this
they founded Wake Forest College, determined to make an institution whose benefits should
not be confined alone to the ministry, but also to the people, and as a result in all our
churches are those who, because of their education in the College occupy a higher position,
and are consequently capable of accomplishing more good.
During these years, 1866-70, the internal affairs of the College went
on with much regularity and the annals of the institution for those
years is short.
In 1866 and 1867 only the degree of Master of Arts was conferred;
in the former year it went to Fritz Henry Ivey, William Bailey Royall,
Robert Risop Savage; in the latter it went to J. Thomas Deans, T. J.
Holmes, James King Howell, T. B. Kingsbury, J. B. J. Mays, George
Washington Sanderlin and Josiah Bridges Solomon. The Master of
Arts degree was con-
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the apparently hopeless effort to do anything." L. R. Mills, Bulletin of Wake Forest
College, II, 171.
5 From letter of N. B. Cobb, Biblical Recorder, October 21, 1868: "Prof. Royall
is succeeding admirably in his mission. His urbanity and fervent piety make him the
welcome guest of every household, and his public addresses are winning many
friends to the College. When I last saw him he had the names of between 35 and 40
young men who promised to go to Wake Forest as soon as they could make
arrangements."
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