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Title: Petition of Students About Food at Steward's Signed by Members of All Four Classes, [1809]: Electronic Edition.
Author: University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Students
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
2005
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Title of collection: University of North Carolina Papers (#40005), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Petition of Students About Food at Steward's Signed by Members of All Four Classes, [1809]
Author: Maxwell Chambers, et al.
Description: 2 pages, 2 page images
Note: Call number 40005 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Petition of Students About Food at Steward's Signed by Members of All Four Classes, [1809]
University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Students



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Gentlemen of the faculty,

Having borne with patience for a considerable time, a failure of the steward to comply with the bill of fare, and having observed the inefficacy of individual complaints to produce an amendment, and seeing that our rights are infringed upon, we have thought proper to address this petition to you, in whom is vested the power to enforce a compliance. Our grievances are daily accumulated, and they are such whose importance demands immediate redress. We have long observed an insufficiency of butter, the bill requires that each individual shall have an ounce of butter, this has been grossly abused. The beef that has been given us for some time has been such as to shock every sentiment of decency. It has frequently been discovered to have been unsound & covered with vermin, if this was occasioned by accident, it could be overlooked, but as it is so frequent it is manifest it cannot proceed from nothing else but carelessness & inattention in the steward, and as such we require an attention.

Senior Class Junior Class Sophmore Class Freshman Class
Maxwell Chambers Elias Foort Thos L Spragins David Dancy
Jno Williams Jno Witherspoon Overton Redd Jno W Dancy
Jo Branch Samuel P. Ashe Jno Davis Jno R Leigh
Jno Gilchrist James F. Taylor Mark Alexander Mat B Murfree
Tho. G Polk Thos W. Jones William Moore Richd Brownrigg
Jno B Mebane Jno A Ramsay Jno M Roulhac Richd Logan
Jno R. Stokes Jun. Sneed Jno J. Alston Jos Roulhac
James Legrand Charles Wright James W. Brown
Fred Hill Lend H Lyne
Thos J Faddis
Jos. Eagles
Richd Sneed
Fred Jones Swan
Willie Yarborough


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Gentlemen of the faculty

On reflection we have discovered the inconsistency of our former petition, And therefore, conformably to your opinion as also to our own views, we now offer for your consideration, one in which is contained a plain statement of every article, on which our complaints are founded. The articles of our grievances are as follows; a sufficiency of warm bread at our dinners and suppers has not been given us. An equal distribution of butter has some how been neglected. Vegetables have lately appeared either not at all, or in quantities not sufficient. We observe farther that our victuals have frequently been indecently served up, our beef sometimes tainted, & impregnated with fly-blows. As an attention to these things would tend greatly to our satisfaction, & to the advantage of the table, we therefore entreat the interposition of your authority for a redress of our grievances.

Senior Class Junior Class Sophmore Class Freshman Class
Maxwell Chambers JunSneed Josep Eagles Richd Logan
Thomas Polk JohnWitherspoon James Brown Richd Brownrigg
John B Mebane Thos. W. Jones Thos. L. Spraggins John. W. Barker
James Legrand Charles Wright Frank. Hawkins
John Gilchrist James Taylor Thomas. Faddis Joseph Roulhac
John Williams John. A. Ramsey Len. H. Lyne David Dancy
Abner W Clopton Jno. Roulhac William Alves
Joseph Branch Jno. Davis J. W. dancy
Phil Hawkins Fred. Jones M. B. Murfree
Wilie. Yarborough Jno R. Leigh
Mark. Alexander
William Moore
Richard Sneed
John. J. Aulston
Overton Redd