124 History of Wake Forest College
and finding the State House nearing completion. The weather was
extremely cold with much snow and no rain, and he walked across the
Hudson on ice seventeen inches thick. At Troy the Gurley brothers,
Baptists, manufacturers of surveyors' instruments, made him a
substantial gift. But though the pastors treated him kindly in all
places, business was dull and thousands were out of employment and
he secured only small
amounts.16
Leaving Troy, and stopping a few hours in Poughkeepsie, where he
found work for endowment blocked by a revival in progress at the
Baptist church, he came on to New York which he reached on January
24, and welcomed rain falling, the first he had seen in two months.
He had now increased his collections and pledges to more than
$3,500. He had secured something in every town he canvassed, but no
large amount anywhere. He reflected that the smallness of the
subscriptions would greatly prolong the time necessary to do the
work. Many told him that he had succeeded well under the
circumstances, but he found it hard to feel so. When he called on the
pastors they sometimes told him: "You cannot get anything here; I
can not tell you where to go and get one dollar. My people have more
than they can do." He would kindly reply that it was his duty as agent
to try, and that he would not discharge his duty without an effort. He
was not to be put off, and usually succeeded.
Purefoy remained in New York until March 30, pursuing his usual
method of campaign, falling in with Baptists wherever he could find
them, at their homes, at pastor's conferences, in prayer meetings and
preaching services and Sunday school. He was given more general
recognition than on his visit in April-June, 1874, and the Baptist
paper, the Examiner, made note of his mission. Among those with
whom he had conferences were Rev. G. W. Sampson, Dr. R. S.
McArthur, Dr. Thomas Armitage,
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Purefoy in seeking to interest the people of this section to build factories in the
South found that thousands of them were afraid of the Southern people, and thought
that they would not be allowed to live in peace in the Southern States, and that those
building factories there would run the risk of having them burned down.
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