Religion in the Institute 161
twenty-eight of the students joined the Wake Union Church and were
baptized by Wait.
The revival of the year 1835 began on August 18 and continued for
several weeks. Its various events are described in much detail in
letters by several writers in the Biblical Recorder of September 2, 9,
16, and 23, 1835. Like the revival of the previous year it began with
some of the students attending a camp-meeting. Again we have
accounts of students going apart, each to his own place, for secret
prayer; of an all absorbing religious interest that embraced practically
every student; of a deep sense of guilt and cries for mercy on the part
of the penitents; of calm, quiet waiting for the Lord, often in the deep
hush of silent prayer, on the part of the Christians; of powerful
manifestations of divine grace in the salvation of the obstinate; of
young men finding the Lord while preparing their lessons, and
"rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of glory." Great was the
spiritual exaltation of the writers. As one tells of the wonderful
progress of the meeting he breaks out in such expressions as "Bless
the Lord, 0, my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name."
The number of conversions among the students was about
forty.3
There were great revivals also during the last days of August and
the first days of September in the years 1836 and
1837.4
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3
The following note from Brooks's Diary, under date of August 24, 1835,
indicates the method of work and interest of the Christian students in this revival:
"The brethren built a little Bethel in a secret spot in order that they might retire and
pray for their fellow students who were mourning the love of God to know. And we
can say of a truth on the following night that the Lord was pleased to bless us in a
very particular manner; we indeed had the best wine for the last. Four or five of our
precious young students professed a hope in Christ. 0, how happy are they who the
Savior obey," etc.
4
The best account of the revival of 1836 is found in Brooks's Diary. It is valuable
as showing the students' point of view. Under date of Saturday, July 30, he says:
"Today appointed for fasting and prayer, not only for our own lukewarmness as
Christians, but for the conversion of our ungodly fellow students who are in the gall
of bitterness and the bonds of iniquity; who are posting their way to ruin as fast as
the wheels of time can carry them along. Wickedness has prevailed to a greater
extent this year than at any time since the Institution has been in operation." During
all the month of August, he says, Professor Armstrong was preaching powerful
evangelistic sermons. The revival began on August 28, for which Brooks has a
following account:
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