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Title: Excerpts from the Diary of William S. Mullins, July 29 and 30, 1841: Electronic Edition.
Author: Mullins, William Sidney, 1824-1878
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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2005-11-02, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: William Sidney Mullins Papers (#531-z), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Excerpts from the Diary of William S. Mullins, July 29 through 30, 1841
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Note: Call number 531-z (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Excerpts from the Diary of William S. Mullins , July 29 through 30, 1841
Mullins, William Sidney, 1824-1878



Page 1

July 29. Thursday.
The Ladies of the Hill, with the exception of the Misses Owen, attended our lecture on Wednesday morning, and it is useless to add the interest of the proceedings were greatly enhanced. True, the Class were very disorderly, and forced the Lecturer to take his seat and threaten the discontinuance of the Lectures, but there he soon resumed, and all was still and interesting. The Lecture was not very interesting however, and my eyes were on the fair faces oftener than on the Experiments.
At night James Campbell and myself went up to Mr. Phillips , and on arriving found Messrs Spaight and Martin.1 The Ladies had not then entered, and a minute or two was spent in a very embarrassing silence. Misses Cornelia , and Johnson soon put an end to it by entering, and after the usual salutations, Miss Johnson took a seat between Spaight and me on the Settee, while Miss C. undertook to entertain Messrs Martin and Campbell. If I had time I might narrate the expedients I adopted to avoid conversation with Spaight , and give a sketch of the evenings' conversation, but I am pressed and can only say that the evening was spent very pleasantly.

Page 2
After I returned, (which was not until about ten minutes after Spaight and Martin left,), with Bright and others I called in at Beatie's2room and helped eat a watermelon and obtained some cigars from Charles. I also called at Hunt's room and tried to get up a serenade, but failing, took a moonlight walk with Blount and Robt. Hall, (—the night was intensely beautiful—), read until twelve oclock and retired to rest.

July 30. Friday.
The Ladies were all present at our Lecture in the Labrotary again, and as before attracted much more notice than the remarks or experiments of the Professor of Chemistry. The Barometer formed the subject of experiment and the Prof. gave us very clear ideas of its principle, and uses. I wrote to James Banks by the afternoon mail and would copy the letter if I had it, as it forms the best exposition of my conduct that I have written this session. To Banks I am always perfectly confidential, and I lose all restraint in the expressions of my feelings and thoughts as soon as I take up my pen to commence a letter to him. If I continue to correspond with him through life, the letters will be as good a self-history as the Journals.

Page 3
The Union of Gov. Swain's Law Classes was effected today and we all recited together at twelve in the college Library. The Class is now composed of James C. Caldwell, John L. Bridgers, Wm. C. Hunt, James W. Lancaster , R. Don Wilson and myself. The recitation was on the first two Chapters of the Second Book, and hereafter we are to recite on every Monday and Friday. I shall apply myself most diligently to these lessons, and strain every nerve to acquire a complete mastery of all that we take up this Session. I think that with the Governor's assistance I can do this and lay the foundation for a superstructure of eminent legal attainments. To be a good lawyer is one of my aims and I do not think that the labour requisite to attain it will be too great for me to sustain. At least, I shall not be deterred from making the experiment with all my strength by any fears on the subject.
The Loan Bill came up again being reported by the Committee of Correspondence. They only borrowed $140, from Dr. Mitchell intending to borrow the money in the hand of the Sub-treasurer, but he refused to lend it, and the Com. reported a Resolution, instructing him to pay the money in his hands over to the Treasurer.

Page 4
It excited more opposition than the Bill of last night but was triumphantly carried.
The Question for Debate was "Should McLeod3 be liberated" and I have during the week examined the question minutely and deliberately, forming my opinion decisively in the Aff. I had thought on the subject until the whole ground was perfectly familiar, and was therefore well prepared for the discussion. Nor do I think I ever before was so successful in debate. True, I had not any very formidable opponents, Brown and Bridgers being my antagonists, but to my own satisfaction I completely wound both of them up. The Debate was continued until Saturday.
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Endnotes:

2. Probably William H. Beatty.

3. Probably Alexander McLeod.