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Title: Joseph B. Lucas's Account of the Burning of the Belfry, August 11, 1856: Electronic Edition.
Author: Lucas, Joseph Blount
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
Text encoded by Caitlin R. Donnelly
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:
2007-02-27, Caitlin R. Donnelly finished TEI/XML encoding.
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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: Joseph B. Lucas's Account of the Burning of the Belfry, August 11, 1856
Author: Joseph B. Lucas
Description: 2 pages, 3 page images
Note: Call number 40005 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Joseph B. Lucas's Account of the Burning of the Belfry, August 11, 1856
Lucas, Joseph Blount



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Chapel Hill, N. C. Aug 11th 1856.
I had retired to bed Saturday night, Aug 9th, much earlier than I usually do, and had been sleeping for some time, when I was roused up by loud shoutings, ringing of the bell, and throwing fire balls. The alarm of "fire", a by no means unusual cry among the young men, was uttered two or three times, and, by some, jokingly responded to. Finding matters becoming quiet, I paid no further attention and again dosed off.
About One and a half o'clock, I suppose, I was suddenly startled from sleep, by the cry of fire, and, looking thro' my window, I saw a small light, but supposed it to

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proceed from a candle or lamp in the West building . The cry had continued for a few moments only, when a bright light flashed into my room. I immediately dressed with great dispatch, thinking that the West Building was in flames, and with the intention of rendering every aid in my power to its unhappy inmates, but soon discovered that it was the belfry, wrapped in a broad sheet of flame.
Considerable excitement had prevailed among the young men in regard to the different elections, and there seemed to be large numbers of them in the Campus both at the time when the balls were thrown, and during the burning of the belfry.

Joseph B. Lucas, Tutor,
No. 5, East Building


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