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much eloquence and force, but he was heard with amazement and
In a few weeks he returned to the subject with a series of articles in
the Biblical Recorder, in which he sought to excite in the Baptists of
the State an interest in education generally and to show the necessity
of equipping and endowing the College. The first of these articles
appeared on July 31. In it he called attention to the lack of interest in
education among the Baptists, as manifested in other ways and
especially in their poor patronage of Wake Forest College and all
other educational
Dr. Pritchard was now proposing to
enter on a campaign of enlightenment, with the help of several well
known educators of the State, who would discuss other features of the
situation, while he would confine himself to the thesis of "the absolute
necessity of endowing Wake Forest College with not less than two
hundred and fifty thousand dollars, within the next five years." In the
second article, on August 21, he sought to show that the College must
have at least one new building, which he thought should provide a
chapel and new society halls and additional classrooms, and better
equipment for teaching the sciences of chemistry, physics, biology,
and civil engineering, while five thousand dollars was needed for
repairs on the Old Building: the buildings needed were not unsightly,
barn-like structures, such as were all too common on college
campuses, but buildings of architectural beauty which would minister
to the esthetic and moral development of
5 Biblical Recorder, July 3, 1872.
Some of his words are: "I am painfully and powerfully impressed with the lack
of general interest prevailing among North Carolina Baptists on the subject of
education." "The melancholy conviction has been forced upon my mind that our
people are not educating their children." In the same issue of the paper the following
words occur in a communication signed "A Student"; "No one will deny that the
Baptists of North Carolina, so far as education is concerned, are in the rear of other
denominations. . . . An aged man of many years experience says the Baptists of
North Carolina, with a few honorable exceptions, do not want, and are not going to
have an education."
7 Pritchard's words are: `Several buildings are necessary to every well furnished
college, and I regard it as a matter of much importance that they be elegant and
tasteful structures, and not rude and unsightly barn-like buildings, such as some
colleges are supplied with. Handsome building and beautiful
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