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Title: Address of William C. Hooper to the Dialectic Society, 1836 or 1837: Electronic Edition.
Author: Hooper, William, 1792-1876
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
Text transcribed by Bari Helms
Images scanned by Caitlin R. Donnelly
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First Edition, 2007
Size of electronic edition: ca. 12K
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
Revision history:
2007-02-08, Caitlin R. Donnelly finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: Records of the Dialectic Society (#40152), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Address of William Hooper to the Dialectic Society, 1836 or 1837
Author: William C. Hooper
Description: 2 pages, 2 page images
Note: Call number 40152 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Address of William C. Hooper to the Dialectic Society, 1836 or 1837
Hooper, William, 1792-1876



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Mr Pres. & Fellow Mem. of the D.S.
It is now just 30 years, I believe since I had the honour of taking my seat as a member of this body, I will not say on this floor. Now the times are changed — & the fortunes of your body have, I am happy to say, grown & expanded with the other improvements of our University & of the age in which we live. It was in your old chapel!, that the Dialectics of my day used to carry on their comfortless sessions, on a naked dirty floor & seated upon hard coarse benches — & doomed, in the winter time, there to shiver out the long cold nights, without a fire — not like my more favored fellow members of the present age, seated on luxurious chairs, the laborers of the looms softening their tread on Brussels a gilded ceiling echoing to their voice, while their Pres. like a monarch occupies a throne. The order of ages is here reversed. The Poets tell us that in old times

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the golden age came first, & the age of iron afterwards. But in the fortunes of this body the sires saw the hardships of the age of iron while the sons are tasting the sweets of the age of gold. Augustus used to boast that he found Rome built of brick & he left it of marble. Surely, if we may venture to compare small things with great, a change not much less auspicious has taken place in the comforts & external splendour of the Dialectic society. I hope the revolution may be no less great in the more valuable & solid improvements of talent & virtue, & that the sons may be far brighter & worthier than their sires.