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and the discussions at them, preaching services, prayer meetings,
communion services, social meetings, dinners, statistics of towns and
Baptist State Conventions and Associations, the attitude of the people
to the federal government and to the South and North Carolina, and
customs so far as they differed from those in his own State. These
letters still have much freshness and charm.
At the earliest possible moment Purefoy got to his work. First on
April 17 he had an interview with Rev. S. S. Cutting, Corresponding
Secretary of the Baptist Educational Commission, which had been
formed a year or two before for the express purpose of stimulating
interest in and gaining support for Baptist colleges. To Purefoy's
representations of the needs of Wake Forest College, Dr. Cutting gave
most courteous and sympathetic attention and the next day with the
approval of his executive committee sent him a letter, in which it was
said that the College was "indispensable to North Carolina and
important to the South" and strongly commended it to the
denomination at large as worthy of financial aid for
endowment.4
Purefoy's plan of campaign was to get acquainted with the pastors
of the Baptist churches and through them with their members and
congregations, hoping that he might be given the opportunity of
presenting the matter from the pulpits. He also had printed circulars in
which was given some account of the history, importance and needs
of the College. These were printed by Sheldon and Company, and
probably paid for by the strong commendation he gave the firm in the
Biblical Recorder. Wherever he went Purefoy carried these circulars
and freely distributed them, sometimes to congregations but more
often to individuals whom he hoped to interest in his mission, for in
New York and New England many had never heard of Wake Forest
College. Again, Purefoy attended all meetings at which he hoped to
find those who would possibly be interested in his mission-church
services of all kinds, ministers' conferences, educational meetings,
social meetings, street prayer meetings, such as that at Fulton Street;
he also saw as many as possible in their places of business
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4 Biblical Recorder, April 29, 1874.
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