330 History of Wake Forest College
ante, unconditional surrender, and faith in a divine Saviour were
constantly presented. Grace was magnified and God was exalted.
Those who accepted salvation seemed to come to God empty handed
and broken-hearted. But of the man and minister whom God has
honored as a means of blessing to so many of us, I cannot trust myself
to write. The simple straightforward, magnetic power of his Christian
manliness I could not analyze if I would. ... Many young Christians
who had wandered from the King's highway, many who had become
cold from neglect of the means of grace, and some who had gotten
afar off and were leading inconsistent lives-very many have made
public confession and rededicated themselves to Christ and are
knowing the joys of salvation. Some who had heard many sermons
and passed through many meetings sought and found forgiveness.
More than twenty have been received for baptism. The College has
been greatly blessed. The purifying stream has flowed through our
midst.... O that the Strong One may keep us henceforth."
Such revivals were much a matter of course in the College year. In
the year 1901-02, while the church was without a pastor, there was no
series of revival meetings, which led President Taylor to say in his
report to the Trustees in June, 1902, that this was perhaps the first
session in the history of the College without such meetings. Some of
the ministers that preached in these revivals were Dr. Henry
McDonald of Atlanta, 1886, whose powerful sermons and engaging
personality were long remembered at Wake Forest; Rev. J. E. Hutson,
December, 1888; Rev. W. L. Wright, February, 1896; Dr. W. E.
Hatcher, the second time, October-November, 1900; Dr. W. C. Tyree,
October, 1903.
Among those who were baptized into the membership of the Wake
Forest Baptist Church on professions of faith made in these revival
meetings were T. W. Bickett, later Governor of North Carolina; E. W.
Sikes and T. D. Kitchin, later college' presidents; Wayland Mitchell, a
physician who on his death in 1940, left $25,000 to the School of
Medicine of the College; E. Vernon Howell, who organized the
department of Pharmacy in
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