Agency of James S. Purefoy 267
course of his article claimed the right to speak, since during his five
years of connection with the College it had doubled the number of
students, increasing from fifty to one hundred, which was the only
institution that he knew of that had done this, and also the only
institution "whose officers have by their unaided labors paid their own
salaries, that is, by the proceeds of tuition, without any aid from
endowments or contributions made in any other way."
Recommending Mr. Purefoy he says:
The action of the Board of Trustees, which met during the late
Convention in Louisburg, was very satisfactory and encouraging,
They can now announce the Berry debt as discharged, and the debt to
the Literary Fund as assumed by solvent and public spirited
individuals. But perhaps a brighter harbinger of prosperity and use-
fulness for the Institution is the resolution of the Board to begin im-
mediately the work of endowing Professorships, and the appointment
of Rev. James S. Purify as Agent for this and other objects; and it is
chiefly, but not entirely, the object of this communication to solicit
public attention and confidence to this gentleman. Mr. Purify is not at
all showy, which in connection with his characteristic modesty might,
on the first acquaintance, disappoint public expectation; but he is
known among his friends as a very liberal patron of Education, of rare
judgment and perseverance, sagacious and diligent; therefore those
who may wish to aid the object which he is empowered to promote
may be assured that their subscriptions and donations will be
managed without confusion, and appropriated without loss.
Before Mr. Purefoy began his canvass, the Executive Committee of
the Board at a meeting on November 4, 1850, took some measures
looking toward assisting the agent in his work.
The first of this was an instruction that he should have "a good
telegraphic print made of the College Building and premises," which
was to be given as a token of regard to such assistant agents as
Purefoy might choose in various localities.5
The second action was to authorize the agent to sell scholarships
good for tuition fees until the expiration of the charter of the College,
which as amended would continue for seventy years from
5 Copies of this print are still in existence; they are beautifully done on good
paper. See our frontispiece.
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