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money, and a judgment will probably be obtained against them in September, and
their property will be subject to pay the debt.
The Trustees have passed an order that this debt shall be first paid, and these
bound brethren have subscribed towards paying it from three to five hundred dollars
each. There have been obtained in good subscriptions about five thousand dollars,
payable in September, 1846. This will leave a balance of fifteen thousand dollars in
all still due.
This is a small debt for the Baptists of North Carolina to pay. My dear
brethren, I appeal to you in behalf of the good which the College is now doing,
and will ultimately do-in behalf of those ministers who require the aid of such an
institution-in behalf of those whose souls may be converted through its
instrumentality-in behalf of your brethren, ministers and laity, who have pledged
their property to sustain the College for the general good of mankind-to give your
aid and pay these debts at once.
We have no fears as to the safety or permanency of the College; for these
brethren who are sustaining it with their names as securities would pay the whole
debt rather than see it fail. But brethren, would it be just, would it be right, for them
to pay it? The answer of every Baptist and philanthropist in North Carolina is
These debts should be paid now. A portion of this debt is for accumulated
interest-shall we pay it longer? Let us have the answer, no.
Brother Hufham has proposed to be one of One Hundred and Fifty who will pay
the whole debt by paying one hundred dollars each.... Shall Brother Hufham make
this offer in vain: Are there not 149 Baptists and friends of education in North
Carolina who will pay or pledge to pay $100 each? Surely there are.
There is little doubt that this letter did much to bring the friends of
the College to the firm resolution to join in paying the debts. One of
the first to show his interest was Rev. D. S. Williams of Cumberland
County, who for several years had been one of the most faithful
members of the Board of Trustees and who continued in this service
until he moved from the State. In a letter to the Biblical Recorder of
September 5, 1846, he commended Purefoy's published appeal, and
reinforced it with several arguments of his own, expressed strong
hope in the future of the College, and closed with the declaration that
he and his county would do their part, and not let his brethren who
had assumed the obligations of the College suffer by themselves.