Manual Labor Days 67
sheets, pillow cases, comforts, bed, bedding, or something else, that would, at a fair
valuation, be of more use to the school than the real worth in cash.
As my family was with me, having traveled with me nearly three years, my wife
was able in this, as well as in laboring for the other objects of the Convention, to
render most valuable assistance. So that in nearly all the portions of the State visited
during the year, something was done for the promotion of the good cause. If a lady
could not furnish a bed, she could probably spare a towel. The value of these labors
was seen when we actually commenced operations, on the first Monday of February
following. All was done that I, aided by my wife, could do in calling attention to the
subject of education. I have a good cause for believing that some who now show
themselves to be useful, and extensively so in the ministry, were induced, by the
efforts of that year, to change their whole course of life and seek an education. By
this means, their usefulness has been greatly increased.
The Convention this year, 1833, was held at Cartley's Creek, Richmond County,
called also Dockery's Meeting-House, commencing Friday before the first Sabbath
of November. This, as well as the one held the year before with Rives's Chapel
Church in Chatham County, was a most interesting meeting. The weather was
remarkably pleasant, and the accommodations, owing to the energy and liberality of
the church and friends in that neighborhood, were most ample. Arrangements were
made as far as possible for commencing what we now call Wake Forest Institute, on
the first Monday in February following. Many articles were obtained in this place
for the Institute. I brought as many as I could in my two-horse buggy. As soon as
the meeting closed, I came with what speed I could to this place, destined to the
scene of my future labors. On arriving in the neighborhood, I visited the spot not far
from the 10th of November. Here was the farm, with the fence and out-buildings
much out of repair; no implements of husbandry, no stock but my two horses, no
corn or fodder, no furniture, but the few articles I was enabled to bring with me
from the meeting of the Convention I had just attended.
Here I must remark that our furniture was in New Bern. When, on commencing
my agency for the Convention, we discontinued housekeeping, we put our furniture
in a condition convenient for moving. Quite providentially, three wagons were in
New Bern from some of the counties above this (Wake). Having disposed of a few
of the heavier articles, the balance were found quite sufficient to fill these three
wagons, although from the kind of furniture brought, the three
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