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Title: Letter from William E. Webb to Richard Bennehan, May 20, 1800: Electronic Edition.
Author: Webb, William Edwards, ca. 1777-1829
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
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Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2007
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Languages used in the text: English
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Title of collection: Cameron Family Papers (#133), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from William E. Webb to Richard Bennehan, May 20, 1800
Author: Will E. Webb
Description: 3 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 133 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from William E. Webb to Richard Bennehan, May 20, 1800
Webb, William Edwards, ca. 1777-1829



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Chapel Hill
20th May 1800

Sir,

As the annual examination in the University will commence on the 23d of June, I am directed by His Excellency the President of the Board to request your attendance at that time, as a member of the Committee of Visitation. The Board of Trustees at their sessions in December '96 entered into the following Resolution. "Resolved that the Committee of Visitation shall attend at the annual examination in November of every year, and that their attendance at the semi-annual examination be dispensed with, and that in addition to the duties heretofore assigned them, it shall be their duty to pronounce their judgment on said examination, so far as relates to the conduct

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and proficiency of the Students, in the presence of the Faculty, at the close of the examination." It is necessary to remark that since this resolution was passed, the annual examination has been transferred from November to June; so that the attendance of the Committee is now required in June, and not in November. It is disagreeable to observe that the members of former Committees, have not been so punctual in their attendance, [unrecovered] might have been expected. Of the eight it has been seldom possible to procure the attendance of more than two or three. From this inattention, the Institution must have suffered considerably; and must continue to suffer, unless a remedy be found in the uniform support of those under whose direction it is placed. Your attendance sir, with that of the other Gentlemen of the Committee,

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could not fail to have a beneficial effect on the Faculty and Students; especially the latter, by exciting that laudable emulation which is so necessarily connected with every kind of improvement. In addition to these considerations, as it is probable some matters of importance will be submitted to the Committee, should a sufficient number appear, to constitute a Board, it is hoped that if your private engagements will possibly permit, you will attend on the occasion.

I am Sir with Respect
your Obedt. Servt

Will. E. Webb

Richd Bennehan Esqr.



P.S. The other members of the Committee are Judge Haywood , from Halifax, Mr. Martin, from Salisbury, Genl Dickson, from Morgan, Genl Smith , from Wilmington, Mr. Spaight, from Newbern, Mr. Stone, from Edenton, and Mr. Hay, from Fayetteville.

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