160 History of Wake Forest College
I was then convinced that the Lord had come. The regular business
of the Institute was instantly suspended and religious services com-
menced. These services consisted chiefly in prayers and exhortations.
After continuing these services during the greater part of the after-
noon, a prayer meeting was appointed to commence at early candle-
light. It was also proposed that each one concerned for the salvation
of his soul should spend as much of the intervening time as
practicable in secret prayer to God for the outpouring of his spirit
Seeing so many deeply affected all around me, I was anxious to
ascertain how many were willing it should be known that they were
concerned upon the subject of religion. No attempt was made to work
upon the passions. A little time was allowed for serious reflection.
After which each one then resolved to seek with all his might the
salvation of his soul was affectionately invited to give me his hand.
Without the least disorder and in the most solemn and deliberate
manner nearly every person present came forward and gave me his
hand. This moment seemed as solemn as eternity. We then separated
and each one sought a place to wrestle with God in prayer. Never in
my life have I witnessed more apparent earnestness and sincerity.
According to appointment we met again at night. In the meantime
the news of the excitement reached the ears of some of the neighbors
who thought proper to meet with us. A short but appropriate discourse
was delivered by our brother, Elder John Purify. The seriousness
increased. It was very evident that the spirit of the Lord was in our
midst. At an early hour some were enabled to rejoice in the Lord. And
before the meeting closed sixteen of the students professed to have
found Jesus precious to their souls. We continued meeting the next
day, when others were enabled to join their fellow students in praising
the Lord. We did not indeed close this happy meeting until the
evening of the following Monday, before which time thirty-five of the
students indulged the hope that they had passed from death into life.
Possibly the number of converts among the students was increased
by later professions. In addition to the students a young man of the
neighborhood and one of the female slaves also professed a hope.
Writing of this great revival many years later Wait said that the spirit
of the Lord came upon the assembled students like a mighty rushing
Following this revival
Wake Forest Student, II, 58. Baptist