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Title: Philanthropic Society Minutes, August 10 and 11, 1855: Electronic Edition.
Author: University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Philanthropic Society
Editor: Erika Lindemann
Funding from the State Library of North Carolina 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
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Languages used in the text: English
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2005-05-05, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
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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: Philanthropic Society Records (#40166), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Philanthropic Society Minutes, August 10 and 11, 1855
Author: Philanthropic Society
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Note: Call number 40166 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Examples of Student Writing/Debating Society Writings
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Document Summary

Minutes for the August 10, 1855, meeting of the Philanthropic Society report that a committee was formed to study a resolution prohibiting friendly remarks on Society exercises. The evening's debate was decided in the affirmative, the president resigned and a new president was elected, and Lieutenant M. F. Maury was elected to give the commencement address before the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies. Minutes for August, 11, 1855, record the names of eight students who composed and nine students who declaimed; guests Gov. Thomas Bragg and John Herritage Bryan also offered remarks.
Philanthropic Society Minutes, August 10 and 11, 18551
University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Philanthropic Society

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Philanthropic Society

Friday night August 10/55
Society convened this evening with the attendance of all its members save Messrs Anthony Dugger Jacobs Mason Sanders Swain and Wilson. The Supervisor then having read his unanswered charges, the following Resolution was read and passed received viz.
Resolved that that article of the Constitution, granting members permission to make "friendly remarks" upon exercises be strickened out
    McKinnon 2
The following Gentlemen were then appointed on the committee to examine the foregoing resolution and report accordingly viz.
    Perkins 3
The debate being next in order was decided in the affirmative.4 The Query chosen for to night fortnight's discussion, is, Was Napoleons exile to St. Helena justifiable on the part of Great Britain? Mr Grady's Query. Messrs Harrell and Hawkins were appointed Principals, The former having choice of sides chose the affirmative to be assisted by Messrs Jenkins and Hill, The later the negative to be assisted by Messrs Jacobs and Isler.
Mr Sumner then resigned the office of President which was confered upon at our last meeting.5
After which, the Roll was called in order to elect some one to deliver the Address before the two Literary Societies at our next commencement which resulted in the choice of 'Lieut M. F. Maury , U. S. A.'6
The Roll was then called and Mr. D. W. Johnson elected President to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Mr Sumner, The Supervisor having made his report the Secretary called the Roll and Society adjourned at a quarter after 9 Oclock. P. M.

B. Barnes Supr. Mann Trea                                                 J. B. Killebrew Pres
Hayley & Grad[y] Correctors                                                 R M Stancill Sec
Deberry Reader7

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Philanthropic Society Saturday morn. 11/55
The Society convened this morning with the attendance of all its Members save Messrs Davie Dugger Gregory W Hayley Herington Hill Jacobs Jiggitts Lea McLean Perkins Price Ramsey Sanders Singetary Sellers Stallings Sutton Tillett and others,
The Supervisor having read his unanswered charges and there being no motions, the following gentlemen composed viz. Messrs Harrell, Hayley, Hawkins, Hill, L Hilliard, Jiggitts Jordan & Kenan, After which Messrs Barnes, S Barnes, Benbury, Deberry, M. Dugger, Foreman Goodman Grady & Graham, declaimed,
By motion of Mr Sanders the duties of the Hall was suspended, until we received a few remarks from His Excellency Gov Bragg who was followed in his remarks by the Hon Mr Bryan , both of Raleigh, N C Their time being limited they then left after which we resumed our duties.
The Treasurer Monitors and Librarian and Supervisor having made their respectives reports the Secretary called the Roll and Society adjourned at ten minutes past ten Oclock A. M.

J. B. Killebrew, Pres
R M Stancill Sec

B Barnes Supr
Mann Treas
Hayley & Grady Cors
Deberry Reader


2. A squiggly line drawn down the page appears to the right of Johnson and McKinnon's names.

3. A squiggly line appears to the right and down this list of names.

4. Subjects for debates were selected two weeks in advance. Philanthropic Society minutes for July 27, 1855, indicate that the query discussed on August 10, 1855, was "Was Virginius justifiable in killing his daughter?" (Vol. S-13, UA).

5. Philanthropic Society minutes for March 17, 1855, specify a fine of $2 for "refusing to serve when elected to any office" (Vol. S-13, UA).

6. Maury did not appear at the commencement of June 1856. Addresses were given instead by Hon. George Davis , Bishop Thomas Atkinson , and Mr. William J. Bingham.

7. A squiggly line appears the right of the words "Trea," "Correctors," and "Reader"; the word "Officers" is written vertically down the page to the right of the squiggly line.

8. A squiggly line has been drawn down the page to the right from the word "Supr" past "Reader"; the word "Officers" is written horizontally to the right of the squiggly line.