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Title: Letter from William R. Davie to John Haywood, July 22, 1795: Electronic Edition.
Author: Davie, William Richardson, 1756-1820
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
Size of electronic edition: ca. 10K
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:
2005-11-18, Sarah Ficke finished TEI/XML encoding.
Title of collection: University of North Carolina Papers (#40005), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from William R. Davie to John Haywood, July 22, 1795
Author: William R. Davie
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 William R. Davie to John Haywood , July 22, 1795
Davie, William Richardson, 1756-1820

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Mr. Bennehan's July 22d 95.

My Dear Sir,

I regret exceedingly the various causes which produced your absence from the board. However as the Arabs say "God would have it so, and men must submit," under misfortunes like yours there is no comfort, because nothing can be substituted; the only resource for the Human mind in such cases is in a kind of philosophic fortitude, the calm result of time, reason and reflection.
The Business which occupied the board exclusive of the Examination I suppose Glasgow has shewn you, and also deposited with you the Journal. Some of the objects of your letter were acted upon as you will perceive by those papers. The Board of Trustees sat so constantly that the building Com[mittee] could do no business.
Patterson became extremely clamorous to be paid for his extra work.

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The Board being pressed on this Head took it up; but his charges were found so excessively exorbitant, and his work so infamously done, that they referred it again to the Commissioners. I verily believe he has charged six or seven prices for the painting, the rest of the work is on the same ratio.
Mr. Hopkins's bill to my astonishment was almost as bad, so nothing was done in that either.
I am very desirous that we should close our accounts before the meeting of the next board, at least so far as regards the principal building, the Presidents House and the Steward's , and hope it will be in your power to have our Journal brought up and our accounts stated.
Serious and I believe well grounded complaints are made against the conduct of the Steward; I have written fully to Mr. Kerr and also to Harris on this subject, whether this will have any effect I know not; these Gentlemen did not think proper to mention it when the board was siting altho' they had

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given assurance to the Students that they would certainly do so.
The Students, every thing considered, acquited themselves well, but the next examination will be a better test of the capacity and attention of the professors. They will soon suffer very much for want of rooms and an expedient was adopted to give a temporary relief from this mischief; by building a House for a grammar school with three or four lodging rooms.
The papers you enclosed to me lodged with Mr. Alves so that they can be had at any time.
Please to let me know whether a receipt is necessary to you for Prillegibleds money forwarded with your last letter.
Adieu, let me hear from you, and be assured no man takes a more sincere interest in your happiness than

P.S. I set out for Halifax tomorrow.

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