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Title: Correctors' Report of Alexander McIver and Junius I. Scales for the Dialectic Society, April 1, 1853: Electronic Edition.
Author: McIver, Alexander, 1822-1902
Author: Scales, Junius Irving, 1832-1888
Editor: Erika Lindemann
Funding from the State Library of North Carolina supported the electronic publication of this title.
Text transcribed by Erika Lindemann
Images scanned by Mara E. Dabrishus
Text encoded by Brian Dietz
First Edition, 2005
Size of electronic edition: ca. 12K
Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The electronic edition is a part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South.
Languages used in the text: English
Revision history:
2005-04-21, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
Part of a series:
This transcribed document is part of a digital collection, titled True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students in North Carolina
written by Lindemann, Erika
Title of collection: Dialectic Society Records (#40152), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Correctors' Report of Alexander McIver and Junius I. Scales for the Dialectic Society, April 1, 1853
Author: Alexander McIver
Author: Junius I. Scales
Description: 3 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 40152 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Topics covered:
Education/UNC Student Associations
Reading and Writing/Composition
Examples of Student Writing/Debating Society Writings
Editorial practices
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Document Summary

McIver and Scales, correctors for the Dialectic Society, report on the quality of the declamations and compositions prepared for society meetings and certify that the books of the Secretary and Treasurer are neat and in order.
Correctors' Report of Alexander McIver and Junius I. Scales for the Dialectic Society, April 1, 18531
McIver, Alexander, 1822-1902
Scales, Junius Irving, 1832-1888

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A. McIver Cor2
J. I. Scales

Correctors' Report
In conformity with the clause of the Constitution requiring the correctors to report at the end of their term, the undersigned beg leave to submit the following.
We are happy to say that a laudable zeal has been manifested by some of the members in the performance of the duties which come under the correctors' notice. A few of the compositions, which were read during the term just expired, are highly creditable to the witers. They show marks of talent on the part of the composers, of industry, of society pride & of a sense of duty. But in the case of other members there is great room for improvement. There are on the secretary's role about twenty two members, who are required to perform duty in the morning [Saturday]. The number of compositions recd has not

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averaged more than3 ten for each morning meeting—less than half the number required. And of these ten, after deducting such as have passed through the hands of Dr Wheat 4, and such as have been borrowed,—after deducting all except those which were prepared specially for the Hall, there hardly remains an average of five compositions for each meeting. To this condition of things we earnestly call the attention of the members & hope that they will endeavor to remedy it.
In declaimation many of the members do credit to themselves and to the Hall: Some are capable of excelling in this most desirable and most attractive of all acquirement. But as in composition, more than half pay very little attention to it or neglect it altogether.
With regard both to declaimation & composition we would beg leave to urge upon the members a more general a more punctual and a more diligent attention to them. Your own interest requires it: the well-fare of the society requires it. In these matters

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let duty, and not convenience be your guiding star. And with an eye fixed fast upon it pursue it with a steady & manly step & you will find your reward. You will find it not only in the advantages of improvement but in the secret applause of your own breast.
We have examined the books of th books of the Secretary & Treasurer, and we take great pleasure in saying that they afford evidence, that incumbents of the term which has just expired have discharged their respective duties in a neat and faithful manner.

Respectfully submitted

April 1st 1853

Alexr. McIver
Junius I. Scales Correctors5


1. Dialectic Society Records, Correctors Reports, UA. The report appears on three sides of a 15-by-9 3/4-inch sheet folded in half. The verso of the last page contains the following endorsement: "Correctors report/Read in the Hall/April the 1st 1853/ Alexr McIver / Junius I. Scales Cor." The report was written by McIver . Dialectic Society correctors during this period served a term of approximately a month; correctors reports for January 29, March 4, and May 13, 1853, also survive.

2. "Cor" appears to the right of a squiggly vertical line beside McIver and Scales' names.

3. The manuscript shows lhan, McIver having failed to cross the t.

4. Professor of rhetoric and logic from 1849 to 1859.

5. "Correctors" appears to the right of a squiggly vertical line beside McIver and Scales' names.