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Mrs. Eliza Ann Brewer, daughter of President Wait. The preacher
during this revival was an Irishman, Rev. J. S. Reynoldson of
Petersburg, Virginia. He was a revivalist of no ordinary powers. He
spoke with a broad Irish brogue and with the eloquence of a Grattan.12
In the fall of 1851 he had preached in a revival at Milton in Caswell
County and made a hundred converts. Coming from there to Raleigh
early in 1852 he had stirred the city from center to circumference,
more than a hundred persons professing conversion. At one time fifty-
seven joined the Raleigh Baptist Church. Coming to Wake Forest,
says Foote,13 "He preached with such power that when he left every
student of the College was converted." The Church Book shows that
Reynoldson himself baptized one group of the converts-Joseph
Freeman, John Mitchell, William Mitchell, and W. G. Simmons.14
On President White's leaving the College late in 1853 Professor W.
T. Brooks again became pastor and served until Rev. Washington
Manly Wingate took up the duties of the president of the College the
following August.15 Nothing of special interest in the church life
occurred during this period.
12 J. H. Foote, Wake Forest Student, XXVIII, 335.
13 Ibid., Foote supposes that Reynoldson came "about 1850," but it was in 1852.
14 Foote's reminiscences are inaccurate. Reynoldson was reported at the meeting
of the Chowan Association for 1852 as having preached in a revival at
Murfreesboro in which "37 of the young ladies of the Institute" were converted.
Probably for the entire Associational year, 1852-53, he was agent of the Institute; he
resigned on May 31, 1853. See the minutes of the Chowan Association for these
years. Though he continued his revival work, he served the Board of Domestic
Missions of the Southern Baptist Convention as agent in the fall of 1853. In
December of that year he sailed for Europe, intending to be back in Petersburg in
the following March; on his return he sailed from Liverpool on the City of Glasgow
which was never heard of again and was thought to have hit an iceberg. He was a
great revivalist and four thousand persons, it is estimated, were added to Baptist
churches as a result of his preaching. Biblical Recorder, June 17, Nov. 4, Dec. 18,
1853; June 22, 1854.
15 The Church Book shows that on Nov. 12, 1853, "Letters of dismission were
granted to Elder John B. White, his wife, his daughter Emily, and two servants." At
the same meeting the church adopted a resolution, "That the President of the
College shall be considered Pastor of this Church, provided he be an ordained
minister; and in his absence or during a vacancy the oldest ordained member of the
Faculty, shall be Pastor." As this was Brooks the pastorate fell to him. Thus the
church gave Brooks a vote of confidence, which members