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Title: Letter from Professor William J. Martin to the Board of Trustees, July 13, 1867: Electronic Edition.
Author: Martin, William James
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
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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:
2007-05-31, 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: Letter from Professor William J. Martin to the Board of Trustees, July 13, 1867
Author: W. J. Martin
Description: 3 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 40005 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Professor William J. Martin to the Board of Trustees, July 13, 1867
Martin, William James



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Chapel Hill July 13th / 67

To the Board of Trustees
University of No. Ca.

Gentlemen,

I beg leave to tender my resignation as Professor in the University, & to ask its immediate acceptance at your hands.
Under ordinary circumstances I would not essay to leave my post without the customary notice, but the times are peculiar & I throw myself upon your generosity for an immediate release.
I have most reluctantly & painfully come to the conclusion that I must leave the University at all. I have steadily refused hitherto all overtures to go elsewhere; but

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the present condition of the College is so gloomy, & its prosperity in the immediate future so precarious that I do not feel justified in any further effort to weather the storm. Of the ultimate success & the future bright career of the University I have no more doubt than I have of its former extraordinary popularity. But I cannot afford to await the change. If I must leave at all, my poverty utterly precludes the possibility of my giving the required six months notice. If I were to give that notice now, at the end of the time I might, & probably would, find myself without a place & without "visible means of support." Remunerative places are not one

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to ten to the applicants for them. My only chance then is to provide a new home before I leave the old one. Absolute poverty leaves me no other course, & as it is, I shall be compelled to borrow the money that is to carry me to my new field of labor.
I write by the same mail that carries this to the Trustees of the Columbia (Tenn) High School to say that I will accept their offer, and I hope you will not consider me unreasonable in asking you, under all the circumstances, to grant my dismissal.

I beg to remain

Your very Ob't serv't

W. J. Martin
Prof. Chem. &c
Univ. N. C.


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