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gressive, no longer a land of bull-tongue plows but of improved
agricultural implements, while "dismal broom sedge and gloomy line
thickets will be replaced by a green mantel of Japan clover"
(Prichard). The main thesis of both Royall and Seawell was education
as a training for the tasks of the new day. "Fields of labor await us in
every direction," said Royall, while Seawell said, "It is encouraging to
know that the opposing forces are now giving way. From age to age
new duties will arise, new difficulties will be to meet; still the friends
of education will go on, conquering and to conquer."
One feature of the Anniversary was the music, but in those days it
was very hard to obtain, and such as was got from the banjos and
fiddles of local colored musicians was hardly tolerable. Of its
character in 1868, the record is silent, but in 1869 it was described as
discordant and excruciating, while that of 1870 was little
better.14
It is worthy of record that Professor Daniel Ford Richardson who
had, as we have seen in the first volume of this work, been a member
of the faculty, in 1837-40, and had returned to his New Hampshire
home, and had been lost sight of, remembered the people of North
Carolina and Wake Forest College in the dark and trying years of
Reconstruction, and published many warm and sympathetic letters,
with reminiscences of his friends at Wake Forest, in the Biblical
Recorder of these years.l5
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14
"Music-not the organ and the cultivated voice once heard here-but a mother
fiddle and a family of young ones, tuned and untuned. Kiss Waltz is played by a
colored band so discordantly, so excruciatingly-so agonizingly that the cologned
lips of Venus herself would be no temptation." "A profound silence prevailed till an
old banjo began to punk! punk! punk! in the northeast corner; but assisted by one
large and two small fiddles, a respectable tune was played, while the representatives
of the Societies entered and were seated on the rostrum." Mills in Biblical Recorder,
1869. 1870.
15
Mrs. Nellie Bliss White, a daughter-in-law of President J. B. White, of
Hanover, New Hampshire, gives the following information about Professor
Richardson, taken from the Dartmouth College Records: Daniel Ford Richardson,
Born August 16, 1807, at Cornish, N. H.; graduate at Dartmouth, 1831; A. M.
Andover Theological Seminary, 1834; Professor of Latin and Greek at Wake
Forest, 1837-40; Member of New Hampshire Constitutional Convention, 1850;
Minister; Postmaster at Hanover, N. H., for five years; where he died Feb. 7, 1882.
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