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same time the Board received another applicant, Benjamin Brown,
provided he should be found free of embarrassment in his pecuniary
affairs. He too was put under the supervision of Mr. Purify and sent to
Mr. Thompson's school.5 The report of 1833 shows that Mr. Purify
had informed the Board that Conely had withdrawn from its
patronage to become missionary of the Raleigh Association; Jones
spent the year under the instruction of Mr. Carter Harrison, and
Brown had been under the direction of a Mr. Parker, who gave him
instruction gratuitously. Both Jones and Brown had taken only
English branches of study. The sum of $45 was appropriated for their
From the Convention Report on Education of the same year we
learn that "the principal difficulty which is now to be encountered is
the scarcity of beneficiaries. The education fund of the Convention is
now a considerable sum. The Wake Forest Institute, it is hoped, will
soon furnish to young ministers the means of obtaining a substantial
education. And all that seems to be wanting is a competent supply of
approved young ministers." This complaint of a lack of young men
designed for the ministry with the added exhortation that the churches
pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into his harvest,
and sometimes with the further suggestion that the churches search
out and put forth such gifts as they had among them, continued to be
made for a quarter of a century.7
5 Minutes of the Convention for 1832.
6 Patrick Christmas Connelly (as the name is usually spelled) was born in
Louisburg in 1811. After laboring in the Raleigh Association he went to the Pee
Dee Association, married Rebecca, daughter of Elder Daniel White, and lived a
most useful life, making his home in Richmond County and preaching the Gospel in
not less than "twenty-five counties contiguously connected," in the Pee Dee and
other Associations. He died, leaving a numerous family in 1876. Biblical Recorder,
Nov. 29, 1876. Sketch by Haynes Lennon. Of William Jones I have spoken
elsewhere. Of Benjamin Brown I find nothing further.
7 See the minutes of the Convention under head of "Report of Board of
Managers," and the "Report on Education" for these years. The following is from
the Report on Education in 1849.
"We think it incumbent on Churches and Pastors to seek out young men of good
natural ability and humble Christ-like piety, who may feel it their duty
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