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Title: Faculty Minutes, April 15, 1819 [Containing W. A. Anthony's Request for Dismissal from College Because of an Argument with Tutor Simon Jordan] : Electronic Edition.
Author: University of North Carolina (1793-1962). General Faculty
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Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2007
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Title of collection: Records of the General Faculty and Faculty Council of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#40106), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Faculty Minutes, April 15, 1819 [Containing W. A. Anthony's Request for Dismissal from College Because of an Argument with Tutor Simon Jordan]
Author: [University of North Carolina (1793-1962). General Faculty]
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Note: Call number 40106 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Faculty Minutes, April 15, 1819 [Containing W. A. Anthony's Request for Dismissal from College Because of an Argument with Tutor Simon Jordan ]
University of North Carolina (1793-1962). General Faculty



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April 15th 1819

The Faculty met Present

W.A. Anthony was cited to answer for disorderly conduct. It appeared that said Anthony on the 12th of the month applied to the President for a dismission from the College, stating as his reason, a resolution made in his own mind, that he would not recite in the class any longer this

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Session. Being asked the cause of such resolution he refused to explain, but referred to one of the Tutors [Simon Jordan], who he said would be able to explain it. Conversation was afterwards held with the Tutor by the president , and then again with said Anthony upon the subject. This young man shewing much irritation on account of what he deemed an insult on the part of the Tutor , he was advised to go to said Tutor , who would probably satisfy him that no insult had been intended, or ought to have been understood.
It appeared the next day that the young man was abroad among the students stating every where, that the president had said to him, that he deserved to be insulted, that polite treatment was not to be expected by the students from the Faculty; and that the students were too scrupulous in expecting politeness from the members of the Faculty. These observations the president asserts never to have been made by him, either in words or import. Upon hearing of these representations the president made special enquiry the next day, and found that the young man had been actually employed in attempting to impress these assertions upon the students, and to agitate them with violent discontents.
In conversation with said Anthony, it was mentioned to him by the president , that he was under a misapprehension, in regards to what had

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passed in the former conversation, and that on some points he had wholly misrepresented it to the students. It was further stated to him, that his requests for a dismission had been laid before the Faculty who had consented that he should receive one, provided he would altogether absent himself from the place, according to the ordinary practice at this institution.
Said Anthony then began to assert with much positiveness and in an imflammatory manner, that the obnoxious remarks had been made by the president , and every attempt to explain or deny, was followed by still greater violence on the part of the young man.
It farther appeared that on the same evening said Anthony came armed with a dirk, a club, and several pistols to the Tutor [Jordan] with whom he professed to be offended, and with threats of instant violence with the club, demanded that he should ask his pardon. Upon refusal he drew out a pistol and cocked it, and when another Tutor came to interpose, he threatened him also, that if he made the least movement to separate them, he would lay him dead on the spot. Other persons in the mean time coming up the violence terminated, and it was presently afterwards found that said Anthony went abroad among the students stating that he was now satisfied, for the Tutor had actually asked his pardon: while agreealey to the

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statement of both the Tutors, who had continued together, no such language of confession had been used, the Tutor having alleged that he had never injured him, and that therefore there could be no reason why pardon should be asked.
When said Anthony appeared before the Faculty. he demanded whether he was called as a student, or as an independent individual. Upon being informed that having never received a regular dismission, he must be considered as a student, he asserted himself to have been no longer a student from the time of his application for a dismission; that he was a free man and lived in a free country, and had a right to do as he pleased, in regard to being a student or not.
It is to be further observed that having writen a note to the Tutor to ask expanation, the Tutor had invited him to come and converse with him, in his room; but said Anthony declined the conference.
It appeared further that said Anthony when in the presence of Faculty stated that in one of his conversations with the president he had asked redress for wrongs which he had sustained, & that redress had been denied him; whereas the applications made by him were

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invariably for a dismission with leave to remain at Chapel Hill, upon the ground that he had been insulted and that his resolution had been formed not to recite any more the present session while no suggestion was made of desired or expected redress, otherwise than as he might attain it for himself.
It was resolved by the Faculty that W. A. Anthony be suspended from this University for the term of six months commencing from the present date, and ending on the 16th day of October next, and that he straightway withdraw beyond the distance of two miles from the University.
It is also resolved that this minute be laid before the boad of Trustees of the University at its sessions which shall next ensue, for the consideration of that body.
It is further to be stated that said Anthony refused obedience to the law in removing from the College after his suspension, but having remained from Thursday, when this determination of the Faculty was read in the publick hall, till the following Monday, he then made a second attack on the Tutor with whom he professed to be angry, armed as before, and on that night he made a clandestine escape.

Robert R. King Sec.