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the fact that, although the expenses of Mrs. Blount must have been
considerable during her eleven long years of illness, the estate proved
to be worth as much when it came into the possession of the
suspicious and apprehensive Trustees as it was estimated to be worth
when Mr. Blount died. At that time, according to the minutes of the
Chowan Association its value was from $8,000 to $10,000; at the sale
in 1860 it yielded more than $12,000.
At their meeting in November, 1859, the Trustees intrusted the
settlement of the estate to their Treasurer, Mr. J. S. Purefoy,
authorizing him to have the property "sold as soon as possible by
public auction or otherwise on a credit of six months with interest
from date, the purchaser giving bond with approved security."
It was found that the slaves were six men, seven women and three
children, their numbers showing a considerable increase since Mr.
Blount's death in 1836, although two had died in the interval. Though
only the use of the slaves had been devised to Mrs. Blount, Ann, not
mentioned in the will, and her two children, and a boy named Thomas
had come into the possession of Rev. George Bradford, an intimate
friend of Mrs. Blount. Probably it was this that had given the Trustees
so much concern, and now Mr. Purefoy was advised to see that the
interests of the College were properly protected in this matter. Mr.
Purefoy was further instructed "that great kindness be shown the
servants in arranging for their future homes," and he was also asked to
have proper stones erected at the graves of Mrs. Blount and her sister,
Miss Martha Bateman.
In carrying out the instructions of the Trustees Mr. Purefoy acted
with his usual promptness and care. In January, 1860, he disposed of
the personal property for $156.19, and made a compromise with Rev.
George Bradford, paying him $812 for the surrender of the slaves he
had bought, one of whom, the boy Thomas, Mr. Bradford later bought
at the sale for $600, while Ann and her two children brought $1,600.
It seems that all were of the natural increase of the group of slaves
since Mr. Blount's death, and accordingly Mrs. Blount might have
supposed she had a right to sell them. It is also probable that the
amount paid for their