76 History of Wake Forest College
Though Jones felt that the time of his departure was at hand and
doubted his capacity for the work, he yielded to the importunities of
the Trustees and began his canvass, throwing himself, as he said, on
the mercy and goodness of Him who had followed him all the days of
his life. Being unable to speak publicly he went "quietly through the
congregations, preaching the gospel from house to house,
endeavoring to enlist their feelings, sympathy and cooperation in this
His first work was in the Chowan Association, where he secured
subscriptions to the amount of $17,815, and pledges for $1,000
additional. Coming to Wake Forest he secured subscriptions from the
faculty to the amount of $1,750, and as much from other citizens of
the place. Then he began to canvass in Granville County and was
securing subscriptions at the rate of a thousand dollars a week, when
his bodily weakness compelled him to desist from his labor. The total
of all subscriptions was more than $23,000.
Many of the subscriptions taken by Elder Jones, as was later
learned, were with the understanding that if the interest were kept
paid the makers had the option of paying the principal at their
convenience. About one-third of the notes were paid in full, and
sixteen years later Professor Taylor was still urging payment of them.
Many others paid interest on their notes when asked for it. Of the
amount paid on principal the faculty and other citizens of Wake
Forest paid the full amount of their subscription, 83,500, which was
about half the total amount paid. The subscribers at Wake Forest other
than members of the faculty were W. T. Walters, W. T. Brooks, $500
each, and J. S. Purefoy, $750. "Elder Walters," says Professor
"paid in wood to the members of the faculty; Elder Brooks sold land
to pay his subscrip-
to Wake Forest, he attended a meeting of the Board of Trustees, of which he was a
member, and unexpectedly found himself appointed agent, and continued in this
work for a year, when ill health forced him to give it up.
Letter in Biblical Recorder, June 26, 1867; Hufham's obituary notice, ibid.,
December 25, 1867.
Wake Forest Student, III, 314f.