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colleges will be endowed." It was this universal education that
brought such great prosperity to a land like Connecticut where
Purefoy found the fences of stone and the rocks standing up in the
fields like stumps in a new ground.
Though the churches received him kindly he found religious
conditions in them unsatisfactory. The sermons were "nice, pretty
sermons, but lacking the spirit of Jesus and Him crucified." In Dr.
Wynn's church in New Bedford there had not been a revival during
the nine years of his pastorate, and the members did not seem to look
for one or express much concern about it.
After a journey of fifty-five miles through a country that was
disappointingly "rough, poor and rocky," Purefoy arrived in Boston
on Monday, December 7, 1874. He did not at once devote much time
to the city itself, but while the weather was good, gave his attention to
the towns that lie around. For the next three days after his arrival,
however, he attended the meetings of the Massachusetts Baptist
Ministers' Institute, where he not only made the acquaintance of those
who were present, but found the discussions so able and interesting
that he wished the North Carolina Baptist ministers had something of
the kind. Both in Boston itself and in the towns he visited he found
that there had been many business failures and business dull, with
much unemployment. Again, the agents of other institutions had been
in his path and had already secured all that the richer men were
willing or able to give.
In the face of such odds Purefoy prosecuted his work with his usual
industry, not at all deterred by the winter which had set in early and
was one of unusual cold and rigor. After a few days in Boston, in
which he had attended several services and was allowed to state his
mission at a pastors' conference, he came to Worcester, of which he
gives a somewhat detailed description. He walked a mile into the
country through the snow to see a brother whose name had been given
him, and found him splitting for market some of the hemlocks which
covered the high hills which surround the city. His walk gained him
nothing but "fatigue, three apples and a drink of water." On his return
the unexpected
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