170 History of Wake Forest College
Russell, a student from
As early as July, 1835, the Board
of Trustees had made provision for laying off a graveyard on the
and to this on March 5, the remains of young Russell were
carried by students and faculty in procession. Professor Armstrong
made a talk, President Wait offered a "most solemn prayer," after
which the little company laid the body away and marched back in
procession to the house. On March 13, Professor Armstrong preached
On April 9, 1837, the little Institute community
was saddened by the second death, that of Charles R. Merriam,
brother of Mrs. Wait. It was due to the same dread disease, pulmonary
consumption. We said above, he died in the triumphs of the Christian
faith. His body, also, was buried in the new graveyard.
his age between 30 and 40 years.) The wholesome admonitions I heard from his
sacred lips I hope will never escape from me." Of Chapin, "He is a man of ordinary
stature, grave-looking, the snow of winter up his locks, his age between fifty and
sixty . . . piety and reverence for the Deity seem to mark every work and action. . . .
He preached twice for us . . . Monday. Had a most delightful interview this morning
with Bro. Chapin. All the professors of religion were requested to repair to Mr.
Wait's dwelling.... On our arrival Bro. Chapin shook hands with us, and gave us a
short address relative to the great work of the ministry. After we sang a hymn, the
old saint asked the benediction of heaven upon us; his prayer was very affecting;
after prayer bid us farewell, which was still more affecting."
Brooks's Diary: "This evening was made sad to me in consequence of the death
of my beloved fellow student, D. Russell. His disease was supposed to be of the
pulmonary kind. Some days prior to his death he expressed his willingness to die.
He was baptized not long ago. Well may they say, Blessed are they who die in the
Lord, for their works do follow them, and they shall rest from their labors, and
eternally rest in the Paradise of God."
Proceedings, p. 18.