Nashville Globe – 1 Mar 1907
Spruce Street Church Revival — A revival meeting is now progressing at the old Mother Church on Spruce street. One particular character about this revival is that it was begun on Washington’s birthday which keeps up the wish of the late Father Merry; it was always his custom to begin his revivals on the 22d of February, and thus celebrate the anniversary of the “Father of the Country” and at the same time begin an active work for saving of souls.
This year, Rev. T.J. Townsend of Brownsville, Tennessee, which was recently called to the pastorate of Spruce Street Church, is conducting the revival. Already tremendous success has been met with. Up to Wednesday, 30 confessions had been reported with many more seeking for the faith. Rev. Townsend proposes to make this the most vigorous religious campaign ever held, in Nashville. Members and friends of the church, irrespective of the denomination, are showing their interest and sympathy in the movement by contributing their presence. An appreciative audience has been noticed during the first few souls, are added to the church and many more converted. A new and effective way of advertising this meeting has been inaugurated, that is badges are being pinced on all who will wear them, showing that the revival is in progress and that they are in sympathetic cooperation.