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trusted to it; in another respect it was a glorification of the College,
since the accomplishments whose story was rehearsed were great and
glorious, and in their telling there was a note of pride and triumph.
The general nature of the address will be seen from the following
paragraphs from the opening and the close:
After a hundred years of life and service Wake Forest College is ready to render
account to those agencies which brought it into being and have fostered and
maintained it through all these years.
With assured conviction that the founding of Wake Forest Institute and College
was the Lord's doing, we first raise our hearts in gratitude to Him, our Heavenly
Father, that He has ever guided and that it has been His hand that has fixed the ends
of our beloved institution.
The purpose of those who established Wake Forest was to build an institution
which should enable men to know God better and glorify Him forever, and at every
period of the College's existence this purpose has ruled in the hearts of those who
have been entrusted with its care and instruction. It was the belief that the blessing
of God were resting on Wake Forest and would finally be manifested in a great in-
stitution serving a great people, that in the darkest hours put courage in the hearts of
Wait and Wingate and Pritchard and Taylor and caused them to resolve to go on
with the work. Fifty years ago at the celebration of the semicentennial, Rev. James
S. Purefoy attributed the birth of the College to the overshadowing influence of God
on the denomination. Today we can say, if it has been raised to stately height, it has
been by the nurture of God. And we are pleased to think that for its lovers God has
been both law and impulse. May we all then praise the Lord for His goodness and
His wonderful work for Wake Forest College.
In considering the work and services of Wake Forest College we must not forget
that it has a two-fold relationship. First and primarily, it is the child of the great
denomination which conceived and has maintained it; but it is in a legal sense the
creature of the State of North Carolina which gave it a charter under which it might
operate and whose laws have protected it. Accordingly, while my chief concern on
this occasion is to show in what way Wake Forest College has met the expectations
of North Carolina Baptists, it is fit and just that I should first give some account of
its services to the State.
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Such is the account the College and her sons can render after a
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