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Pres. Caldwell informs trustee Jones that students involved in recent disturbances will not be reinstated and that he is preparing a narrative of the events for the newspaper.
I have to acknowledge your obliging letter upon the subject of our troubles here.2 The Faculty have endeavored to the best of their judgement to adapt their measures to the emergences of the times. Reconciliations and amnesties have been so often tried; and boards of Trustees have been so often called, that we were resolved if possible to make an experiment upon some plan which might prove more efficient. If this shall not succeed, we know that others have failed, and the difficulties with which we have to contend will only be more fully exhibited.
A very submissive petition was at last sent in by the suspended
students; but to restore upon such a ground, after all that has passed lately,
and all that we know of this
I am making out a plain account of the disturbances and proceedings
of the Faculty, for the publick information. It will be so much a narrative of
events, that I believe the students will not deny the verity and justice of it.
It cannot be sent now. I began it on tuesday, and have been very much
interrupted since. It will be
Please to give my thanks to
r M cPheeters have judged
rightly when you supposed we stood in need of cooperation in the measures we
I would write to
r M cPheeters
r 1811} 8." To the right of the
address a second hand has written " Sept. 1811."
2. The "troubles" of 1811 began when students set out to
interrupt a disciplinary hearing by rolling stones down the hallway and setting
off gunpowder charges. A disturbance also occurred in
3. The faculty usually accepted petitions from contrite students.
In this case, however, the faculty—Professors