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that the location was central for the Baptist population of the State
and near the State Capital. In the numerous advertisements of the
schools in the Wake Forest district appearing in the Raleigh Register
and the Star for the decade that immediately preceded the founding of
the College we find the Wake Forest district described in such terms
as these: "one of the most pleasant, healthy and reputable districts of
our country and which has enjoyed an almost total exemption from
disease during the last year when sickness so generally prevailed
everywhere."
". . . Wake Forest has always been considered as healthy as any
place this side of the mountains. . . ." "One of the best neighborhoods
in the State, the Forest district containing three excellent schools, (one
classical), and two well constructed and well filled meeting houses for
Baptists and Methodists, and has a lawyer and a doctor. The
inhabitants without I believe a single exception, are sober, moral, and
thriving in their circumstances, and not a few are educated and
intelligent."16
Doubtless Mr. Purefoy did not fail to bring such considerations to
the attention of the Committee of the Convention. But whatever were
the reasons which led to the selection of Wake Forest for the site of
the Baptist college, it may be said with some confidence that it could
not have served the Baptists of the State better or so well in any other
location.
The Committee had the money in hand and purchased the farm on
the 28th day of August, 1832.17
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16 The last quotation is from Dr. Jones's advertisement of his farm. It as well as
others appears in Conn's North Carolina Schools and Academies, 532 f.
17 The deed reads as follows: This indenture made this the 28th day of August in
the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two between John
Purify, William R. Hinton, Simon G. Jeffreys, Jr., and Jas G. Hall on the one part
and Calvin Jones of Wake County on the other part: Witnesseth, that the said Calvin
Jones for and in consideration of the sum of two thousand dollars to him in hand
paid by the said John Purify, etc. at and before the sealing of these presents the
receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, he the said Calvin Jones hath granted,
bargained, and sold, and by these presents doth bargain and sell, etc. —beginning at
a stake in Powell's Road, thence South 75 degrees east, 34 poles to a sassafras,
thence South 73 degrees East 72 poles to a maple on the Spring branch, thence
down the branch to an ash, thence East 63 poles to a pine on the Ridge Path, thence
along the said
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