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pledge of one hundred dollars by a good sister cheered him, but did
not keep a little of the querulous out of his remark : "At the rate of
present progress it will take a long time to get $10,000, if it is done at
all. I have, however, no disposition to give up. My motto is, `Hope on,
hope ever.' I trust in God and will not complain."
On December 24 he was at Wales, the home of Elisha Shaw,
principal founder of Shaw University, who also entertained Purefoy
when he was at Wales a year
later.15
On Christmas day he was in
Springfield, the home of Springfield rifles, and with seeming surprise
noted that the stores were closed. On the following Sunday he
preached his first sermon in New England at a mission chapel. On
January 1, 1875, he was at Northampton, having previously visited
Holyoke, and having crossed Mill River on which a dam had broken
the previous spring with great loss of life. In all places the pastors
treated him kindly and helped him on his mission. He came to
Brattleboro, Vermont, on January 11, where after being allowed to
state his mission in the Baptist Church he secured $165. Later the
Estey organ firm gave him $100; it had given $8,000 to Estey Institute
in Raleigh. He was shown through the plant and gives a description of
it. Next he was at Shelburn Falls with its table-cutlery industries and
was treated kindly and was given ninety dollars. Leaving this place on
Friday, January 18, he made his way to North Adams, going by
railroad seventeen miles up Deerfield River, and as the Hoosac
tunnel, which he found complete a year later, was still under
construction, he had to cross the mountain by sleigh, a six-horse
sleigh, facing a cold north wind, through snow eight inches deep, and
though kept from suffering by wraps and a buffalo robe, glad enough
to escape the twenty-two degres below zero into a warm room,
observing that joyful children outside were playing in the snow. From
this place Purefoy went to Albany, noting the character of the country
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15 Of Mr. Shaw's interest in Negro education Purefoy says: "To found this school
was a noble deed, dictated by a noble Christian heart. I thank, in the name of Jesus
Christ, our Northern brethren for what they have done in building up schools for the
colored people of the South. They have done for them what we of the South had not
means to do for them."
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