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Title: Letter from Charles Manly to David L. Swain, September 25, 1856: Electronic Edition.
Author: Manly, Charles, 1795-1871
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
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First Edition, 2005
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Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2005
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Languages used in the text: English
Revision history:
2005-08-03, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: David L. Swain Papers (#706), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Charles Manly to David L. Swain, September 25, 1856
Author: Chass Manly
Description: 2 pages, 2 page images
Note: Call number 706 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Charles Manly to David L. Swain , September 25, 1856
Manly, Charles, 1795-1871



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Raleigh, Sep. 25/56

My Dear Gov.,

I have been desirous for several days to write you a short confidential note to express my true satisfaction & even admiration of the tone & dignity & temper exhibited in the Faculty's reply to the late Resolutions of the Executive Comm .
Without any direct charge of delinquency there is a spirit of querulousness & insinuation of laxity in government in those resolutions that I did not like. The apparent rebuke is, to me, the more objectionable on account of its injustice & unmerited sting.
I had often said it & now repeat the solemn conviction founded on good proof, that in the enforcement of the Laws of the College, firmly yet mildly, in the able & parental & assiduous culture of the young men morally & intellectually, a more devoted & faithful Body of men than the Faculty of our University does not exist.

Page 2
If further proof of this were wanted the spirit of conscious rectitude & the calm & dignified rebuke to snappishness conveyed in the response would be more than sufficient. Withal, it is eminently diplomatic; worthy of Tallyrand's best efforts.
But I have said enough. I could say much more if my strength permitted. I am very weak, every way; greatly reduced in bulk.
This is strictly a private note to you who I know is my friend. Perhaps you had [best] burn it up after reading.
I do not know what has become of my poor Boy Basil where he is or what he is about. His disobedience & recklessness may prevail over all the efforts of his parents & friends but it will be a poor triumph to bring down a Father's gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

Faithfully & truly yours

Chas Manly