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are all that we have left to us-Wake Forest, Trinity, Davidson. These are our hope
for securing within our borders a liberal education for our sons. If they fail us, then
will many of our best young men resort to institutions in other States, in the hope of
obtaining what they cannot obtain in their own. But cannot the result here contem-
plated be secured? Cannot these institutions, some one of them at least, be made all
that can be desired by any one seeking an education all that the present age demands
of the highest intellectual training?
Of like tenor was the appeal to the friends of Wake Forest College
in a series of resolutions offered by Rev. J. L. Carroll to the Flat River
Association in its session of August, 1869, the second of which reads
"This is the time. The circumstances which surround us loudly call
for it. Chapel Hill is dead for the present and nothing will resuscitate
it except a radical change in management."
The president and faculty and the Trustees of the College were fully
aware that the time had come for action and they made the strenuous
efforts to increase the endowment of which an account will be given
in another chapter.
In general the friends of Wake Forest College were of the same
disposition towards the new regime at the University as the alumni
and friends of that institution. They saw no hope for it under the
presidency of Rev. Solomon Pool, but they desired its restoration, not
its abandonment. Mr. J. H. Mills, alumnus and trustee of the College
and editor of the Biblical Recorder, opened his columns for the
discussion, and some strong articles, seldom free from passion,
appeared on both sides. One notable feature of all, even of those
written by personal friends of President Pool, is recognition of the fact
that the University would no longer be patronized under his
See articles by Philo, Biblical Recorder, May 31 and August 2, 1871; by Dr.
William Hooper, June 6, 1871; by "Justice," August 30, 1871. A favorable report is
made of the commencement of 1870, by a correspondent from Chapel Hill, at which
four honorary degrees of Doctor of Divinity were conferred. "Philo" complains of
discrimination against Baptists and Methodists in choice of members of the faculty
of the University. Dr. Hooper in reply said that the discrimination had not been on
account of denomination, a consideration which he thought should have no weight
in the choice of a university professor. To this "Philo" retorted that for seventy years
not a single
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