the trustees of Washington and Lee University, says in his paper: ‘The crowning excellence of such men as Jackson
was their sincere Christian piety.’
The remark made by General Lee
to the Rev. Dr. White
was made to us upon another occasion in a form even more emphatic.
‘I dread,’ said he, ‘the thought of any student going away from the college without becoming a sincere Christian.’
At the beginning of each session of the college he was accustomed to address an autograph letter to the pastors of Lexington
inviting them to arrange for conducting in turn the regular chapel services of the college, asking them to induce the students to attend their several churches, Bible-classes, etc., and urging them to do all in their power for the spiritual good of the students.
Not content with this general request, he was accustomed to prepare lists of students who belonged themselves, or whose families were connected with particular churches, and to hand these to the several pastors with the earnestly expressed wish that they would consider these young men under their especial watchcare, and give them every attention in their power.
And he would frequently ask a pastor after individual students— whether they belonged to his Bible-class, were regular in their attendance at church, etc.
did not believe in enforced
religion, and never required the students by any collge law to attend chapel or church, but he did everything in his power to influence them to do so, and with the largest success.
At the ‘Concert of Prayer for Colleges,’ in Lexington
, in 1869, I made an address in which I urged that the great need of our colleges was a genuine, pervasive revival—that this could only come from God; and that inasmuch as He has promised His Holy Spirit to those who ask Him, we should make special prayer for a revival in the colleges of the country, and more particularly in Washington College and the Virginia Military Institute.
At the close of the meeting General Lee
came to me and said, with more than his usual warmth: ‘I wish, sir, to thank you for your address; it was just what we needed.
Our great want is a revival which shall bring these young men to Christ
During the great revival in the Virginia Military Institute in 1869 he said to his pastor, with deep emotion: ‘That is the best news I have heard since I have been in Lexington
Would that ’