480 History of Wake Forest College
I was a better man. The power of his godly life made a deep
impression on all the students. Every one admired and loved him." He
was a man of nice perceptions and knew how to deal with students. In
his presence incipient fusses between students were forgotten, and
animosities were impossible.
The nature of these revivals and of the religious life of the College
at this period may be seen in the following letter of Wingate which
appeared in the Biblical Recorder of October 1, 1857. It refers in
particular to the same revival of which Mills wrote. It is as follows:
We have had indeed a season of refreshing from the presence of the
Lord. There has been an interesting state of things the whole session.
On Wednesday evenings, prayer meetings were attended by nearly all
the students; from these indications we were encouraged to continue
them every evening. Nor were we disappointed in our hopes. The
convictions of many became clear and decided; and the prayer
meetings were converted into nightly preaching, and services at
sunrise. But soon the work seemed to be so deep and so general that it
was thought best to dispense with College Exercises, and attend
exclusively to the soul's interest of those who were asking earnestly
the way of life. This was done for a week. Fifteen of our students
profess to have found hope in Christ; ten are still inquiring what they
must do to be saved; and there is not one who at some stage of the
meeting did not present himself for prayer. Only about fifteen of our
entire number, including the anxious, are left without faith in the
merits of the Saviour. Truly we have reason to bless God and take
courage.
Just one year ago we enjoyed a most precious season from the out-
pouring of God's Spirit. More than twenty-three consecrated them-
selves to the service of the Redeemer, and we have as yet heard of
none who have turned away from Him who called them. My Brethren,
is not this the time for earnest prayer and devout thanksgiving? Surely
God has blessed us, and marked with this approbation our beloved
Institution.
Such were the religious influences that the students of the days
before the Civil War found at Wake Forest College. Their worth is to
be read in their lives.
Early in the period of the Institute, as has already been related,
Bible classes were formed, under the direction of some of the in-
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