Agency of James S. Purefoy 269
County, gave Mr. Purefoy ten
dollars,9
which was the first money
ever given for the endowment of the College.
In accordance with his plan of work, Mr. Purefoy was soon in the
limits of the Chowan Association. It was the church at Sawyer's Creek
in Camden County that took the first scholarship and paid the $500.
This action stimulated the church at Ahoskie to a similar
effort.10
As he prosecuted his agency Purefoy had much encouragement
from the friends of the College. Owen in another letter gave many
reasons why its friends should contribute to it, suggesting large gifts
as a memorial for the
donors.11
Others were telling of what the
Baptists of other States were doing, for example those of South
Carolina.12
Purefoy was succeeding well when early in the spring of
1851 he fell ill and had to desist from his labors for several
weeks.13
How soon he was able to be at his work we do not know, but on May
6, he made an appeal through the Biblical Recorder, saying that more
than $3,000 of the debt to the Literary Fund had
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9
Mills, Wake Forest Student, III, 230.
10
The Baptist Messenger, a local paper of the Chowan Association, edited by
Rev. C. R. Hendrickson of Eliabeth City, quoted in the Biblical Recorder of January
4, 1851. The spirit of the article may be seen from the following: "Well done,
Sawyer's Creek! She is the first on the list. We have been informed that the church
at Ahoskie, Hertford County, is also making an effort to secure a scholarship, and
will doubtless succeed. Let this plan be followed up by churches and wealthy
individuals, and the endowment will soon be complete. This is a matter in which the
denomination and its friends in the State should take a deep interest. The College
can never be extensively useful without an endowment. Its finances must be in such
a condition as to permit young men to obtain education gratuitously. This is the
design of the endowment. It is to open the doors of the College to those who have
not the means to secure an education."
The payment of $500 secures a scholarship for fifty years. The scholar may be
the son of the purchaser, or if he chooses the son of some one in indigent
circumstances. So a church by securing a scholarship may educate her candidates
for the ministry for fifty years. One hundred scholarships will secure a fund of
$50,000 which will educate as many young men forever. North Carolina Baptists
must improve the present opportunity, give a hearty welcome to our worthy agent,
and sanction the movement by liberal contributions. The College is now free from
debt. It has a qualified Faculty and a larger number of students than for many years.
All that is now wanting is an endowment and the blessing of almighty God. By
proper means we may have both."
11
Biblical Recorder, January 4, 1851.
12
Ibid.
13
Ibid., April 19, 1851.
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