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that they be admitted, and gained unanimous acceptance for it. As to
White's courage in demanding a righteous walk by those in high
places, this is sufficiently attested by his course of action with
reference to the moderator of the Raleigh Association, Rev. P. W.
Dowd, against whom ugly charges were current. White thought they
ought to be investigated. He made a motion to this purpose before the
Raleigh Association of 1852, and also stated his position in a letter in
the Biblical Recorder, May 21, 1852. Though his resolutions were
rejected, since the moderator was popular, the Wake Forest Church
severed her connection with the Raleigh Association, the separation
finally coming in a rather dramatic way at the session of the
Association of 1855. Perhaps this was the greatest service in a
religious way that President White rendered the College and the
Baptists of the State. Though several former students have been
severe in their criticism of him, of which I have said something
above, none of these impugn his uprightness of character and his
Christian influence, which are sufficiently attested by the evidence
already given and also by the general religious life of the College
during his pastorate.
The year 1849 was a period of great revivals in many
sections of North Carolina and especially at Wake Forest College
and the surrounding country. The minutes of the Raleigh Associa-
tion, which took account of the baptisms of late summer and fall of
1849, show 463 baptisms. The college revival began in August
while Brooks was pastor of the church, and seemingly continued for
several weeks. As a result more than a score were baptized,
seventeen of them students, among whom were many who attained
distinction and honor in their various fields of service―Bedford
Brown, Benjamin J. Lea, G. F. Hinton, B. F. Biddle, and Thomas H.
Pritchard. They were baptized by Professor Brooks, one group on
September 9, another on October 14, 1849.
Another great revival came in the spring of 1852, resulting in
twenty-four baptisms and many more conversions. Among the
thirteen students baptized were Joseph Freeman, John Mitchell, W. G.
Simmons, J. F. Oliver, L. H. Shuck, John Ward and B. Simmons;
among the other people were John Brewer and wife,
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