474 History of Wake Forest College
preached often after Dr. Hooper's departure is evident from the
following statement by Dr. Wallace,10 which indicates also the quality
of his preaching and the wholesomeness of his influence
I recollect Prof. W. T. Brooks as a kindly pleasant man. He was a good-hearted
man, guileless as a child. His sermons were as unpretentious as was his teaching,
but breathed the spirit of the Master and left you in no doubt as to his heart being in
the right place. You felt ready to say of him: "Bonum Virum facile dixeris-magnum
libenter," gentle spirit rest in peace.
In June, 1849, Professor J. B. White was elected president of the
College. He had been licensed to preach by the Wake Forest Church
on September 7, 1839, but had never been ordained. Seemingly
because his position as president of the College laid upon him the
ministerial service he was called to ordination by the church and on
September 14, 1849, was ordained by a presbytery appointed by the
Raleigh Association, consisting of J. S. Purefoy, William Jones and
D. S. Williams. His examination of this occasion on Christian
experience, call to the ministry, and doctrine was perfectly
satisfactory to the committee, and he was doubtless in full accord in
these respects with his predecessors in the Wake Forest pulpit. He
was a man of deep piety and personal uprightness of character and of
great courage in insisting on clean living and a blameless life by those
in positions of influence in the denominational councils.11
His Christian charity may be inferred from the fact that when, on
April 7, 1849, the question of having the colored members participate
in the Lord's Supper was raised, White made the motion
minutes show that Brooks was often Moderator of the church meetings during this
period, baptized those who joined the church, and gave the right hand of fellowship
to new members. Once in this period this last service was performed by Elder Wait,
while the minutes speak of "our pastor," seemingly with reference to Brooks.
10 Wake Forest Student, XXVIII, 325.
11 He had given up the practice of law from conscientious reasons. See statement
of Sanders M. Ingram, Wake Forest Student, XIII, 474, who says in the same
connection: "I thought that Professor White came as near being a perfect man as any
man whom I had ever seen, and the more I became acquainted with him the more I
appreciated him." The records of his activities recorded in the Wake Forest Church
Book well bear out this estimate of Major
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