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sachusetts, of which and its industries he gives a detailed description.
Here he remained for a week, being most kindly received by Rev. A.
P. Small, pastor of the First Baptist Church, and by Rev. H. C.
Groves, pastor of the Second Baptist Church. In cash and pledges he
secured here $110, at which he expressed himself neither greatly
encouraged nor discouraged. Doubtless he would have had better
success but for the fact that Dr. Simmons of Brooklyn was already
there canvassing to secure $200,000 for Columbian College.
On Saturday, November 21, he arrived at Providence, Rhode Island,
stopping at the Central Hotel, where he hired a room for three dollars
a week and took his meals where he pleased. Here he remained ten
days. He first secured a letter of recommendation from Dr. A.
Caswell, former president of Brown University, and then proceeded to
visit churches and get acquainted with the leading Baptists of the city
and its suburb, Pawtucket. In the latter he visited Dr. David Benedict,
author of The History of the Baptists, then ninety-five years old, and
though in feeble health able to walk around the house and read
without glasses, "with hope strong in Christ and ready to live or die as
may be God's will." In his letters Purefoy takes time to describe
Brown University, some of the buildings of which he found not so
good as ours at Wake Forest. He was most kindly received by the
professors.
He was in Providence on Thanksgiving day, for which, he writes,
the people of New England kill an incredible number of turkeys and
have a service in their churches, of neither of which had he ever heard
before. True to his plan of going to Baptist churches, he attended
Thanksgiving service at Central Baptist Church at which about one
hundred were present, and he had a part, reading the 147th Psalm,
leading in prayer and pronouncing the benediction, but for all that not
finding the "occasion overdone with spirituality." Nor was he invited
to dinner, but returned to his hotel and made his Thanksgiving dinner
on a bowl of oysters and a piece of apple pie at a cost of thirty-one
cents. At times
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