70 History of Wake Forest College
attitude of friends of Wake Forest and indicated their anticipations for
the future relationship of the state and denominational educational
institutions, as follows:
As a citizen of North Carolina and a friend of education, we rejoice that the
University is to be revived. Its suspension was one of the saddest results of the
political troubles which followed the close of the war. It occupies a place, in relation
to the spirit of education among the people at large and to the prosperity of the
State, which nothing else can supply. Its suspension has been quite as potential as
any other cause in producing the popular indifference to the importance of
education which is so often and so deeply lamented.
An alumnus of Davidson College said to us not long since, that he was at first
opposed to the revival of the University on the ground that it would ruin Davidson
College. Others have thought that the same result would follow for Wake Forest and
Trinity. There is no ground for the opinion. The University has its own place and its
own work which the denominational colleges cannot occupy or perform. If it is
made what it should be, and what we think its managers will make it, it will be the
friend and promoter rather than the rival of the denominational colleges. They have
not prospered as it was thought they would by its suspension; neither will they
suffer by its revival.
Such was the friendly attitude of the Baptists generally, but it was
rather the nature of an expression of a hope. The fact should not be
concealed that for many years before the reopening of the University
there existed another ground of bitterness among Baptists and
Methodists toward the University, and that was that they were all but
debarred from any prominent part in the political life of the State and
made subjects of social discrimination by the University influence.
The superciliousness and assumption of superiority, not to say scorn,
which partisans of the University manifested towards them and which
so far prevailed as to keep practically all the higher offices of the
State for those in the pale of the University favor, was as hard to bear
as it was cruel and unjust, and was in part responsible for the indif-
ference which existed among our people generally as to the fate of the
University. It was also urged as a reason why Baptists and Methodists
should maintain colleges of their own. An early expression of it is
found in an article by a Methodist who signs
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