1. Dialectic Society Addresses, University Archives.
The essay was
written on both sides of an 8 1/4-by-11 1/5-inch sheet which subsequently was
folded into fourths. To the left of
signature at the bottom of the essay fellow student
has written "No Mistakes/
signature at the bottom of the essay appears the
following endorsement: "Wm E. Webb
/2 corr." This endorsement appears upside
down with respect to
essay, as if it were written on the
"front" of the sheet after it had been folded into quarters.
1. During this period, the
divided its members into three classes, which rotated weekly
duties of reading, speaking, and composing.
was in the second class. Two correctors were elected
every six weeks, and evidently
served as the first corrector of
composition. The second corrector merely
indicated that he had read the essay by writing "2 corr." on the
"front" of it. Society minutes for this period contain gaps, so we
cannot be sure what transpired at the September 2, 1797, meeting. However, on
September 12, 1797,
was himself elected corrector, serving with
, and on February 1, 1798,
became president of the Society (Vol. 1, UA). The
Dialectic Society Papers contain a second, longer composition written by
in September 1797. It treats the relationship between
moral philosophy and the science of government and was corrected by
on September 21, 1797.