The teachers of the Institutes of 1886-7-8 promised
Prof. Williams that they would use as far as practi¬
cable the new methods advocated by him. In the in¬
stitute of 1SS9, a number stated that they taught their
scholars according to the methods of the New Educa¬
tion, and were highly pleased at the results. In this
department, the subject of our sketch displays great
power as an original thinker and investigator. All his
methods are based on the great doctrines of Psychol¬
ogy, Moral Science, and the Scriptures.
Prof. Williams possesses executive ability of a high
order, and his decisions may generally be relied upon.
He is self-possessed, a close observer, and discrimi¬
nating in judgment, and seems to manage and direct
well whatever is intrusted to him. He is as much a
business man as he is an educator, and his conceded
ability to govern and control has caused prominent
men to intrust and offer to him important positions.
Ex-President John M. Langston, L. L. D. committed
to his care many details of the Institute of 1SS7, and
he has rendered valuable assistance in the general
management of the V N. and C. I. since his connec¬
tion with it. In tho summer of 1SS6, lie was requested
to take the prineipalship of a Normal School in S. C,
and, in the fall of 1887, he was offered the presidency
of a Baptist College in Tennessee. He refused both
positions because ho preferred to aid in upbuilding
the educational work of his own State.
II. A Polished Linguist.
As a linguist, he occupies a prominent place He
reads with ease Gorman, French, Hebrew, Latin, and
Greek. The Latin and Greek courses taught by him