482 History of Wake Forest College
school, and it often happened at college the regulations forbidding
women to attend classes were winked at and the minister's wives kept
pace in their studies with their husbands, and in some instances even
surpassed them.
Another regulation that the Board found difficult to enforce was
that which forbade beneficiaries to preach during their college course.
This was voted January 31, 1867. At the opening of the next session
in September it was learned that their ablest beneficiary, C. M.
Seawell, was preaching at Flat Rock, and wished to continue at it. In
the following January another beneficiary, Jesse Wheeler, asked to be
allowed to preach at the Rolesville church, which request was granted
on condition that the Rolesville church pay his board at the rate of ten
dollars a month which was done. At a meeting in December, 1868, the
Board found it necessary to permit C. Durham to preach once a month
at Flat Rock, but stipulated he must pay the Board one-half of what he
might realize for his services. Sometimes the Board would pass a
regulation that a beneficiary must serve only one church, but it always
made exception when asked. It was the view of the Board that while
in college the beneficiary should use all his time and energy in the
main purpose of getting an education and preparing for his work in
the future, and should not discontinue his studies until he had
completed a course leading to a
The denomination needed
not only preachers, it needed able preachers, masters in the fields of
theology and church history and exegesis of the New Testament and
able to hold their own in the discussion of the many controversial
questions that trouble Christianity, men who would not be carried
away by every wind of doctrine, but be wise and trusted leaders for
the churches of the denomination. For such able leadership the
students needed the best scholastic training the College could give in
the allotted four years. If they spent part of their time in the
preparation and delivery of sermons and were engrossed with the
duties of a pastorate they would not have the proper time for their
In the earlier years there are many recorded instances of beneficiaries being
voted permission to leave college.
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